Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017.  

Queering Toronto

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Toronto is a city with a long, rich, queer history and a flourishing and supportive queer community. Get schooled on Toronto’s LGBTQ+ past, present, and future with Jane Farrow and Rahim Thawer, and Marilyn Schuster who are bringing the best of queer academia to the stage.


A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout

A Queer Love Story presents the first 15 years of correspondence between Jane Rule, novelist, essayist, and the first widely recognized “public lesbian” in North America, and Rick Bébout, editor with the Toronto-based Body Politic. At turns poignant, scintillating, and incisive, their exchanges include ruminations on queer life and the writing life as they document some of the most pressing LGBT issues and events of the 1980s and ’90s.

  • Nonfiction

Marilyn Schuster

Marilyn R. Schuster is the author of Marguerite Duras Revisited and Passionate Communities: Reading Lesbian Resistance in Jane Rule’s Fiction. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts and lives in Oakland, California.

Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer

Toronto is home to multiple and thriving queer communities that reflect the dynamism of a global city. Any Other Way is an eclectic and richly illustrated local history that reveals how these individuals and community networks have transformed Toronto from a place of churches and conservative mores into a city that has consistently led the way in queer activism, not just in Canada but internationally.

  • Nonfiction

Jane Farrow

Jane Farrow was the first executive director of Jane’s Walk. For ten years she worked as a CBC Radio One host and producer on such programs as The Sunday Edition and Q. Spacing Magazine named Jane one of the “10 People We Love” in their 10 Year Anniversary Issue, The Toronto Community Foundation recognized Jane’s contribution to urban resiliency with a Vital People Award in 2010, and In 2014 she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement LGBTQ Inspire Award.

Rahim Thawer

Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker, consultant, post-secondary instructor, and mental health counsellor. He has worked at multiple HIV/AIDS service organizations and continues to work in direct practice settings with newcomer, racialized, and LGBTQ communities. Rahim is an active community organizer with Salaam: Queer Muslim Community and is the co-founder of Ismaili Queers: Advocates for Pluralism.