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For the past 28 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 will appear at our 29th festival on September 23rd, 2018.
How can today’s teens navigate grief, mourning, and shame in a difficult period of their lives? Writers Adam Garnet Jones, Regan McDonell, and Star Spider offer young adults heartfelt narratives that explore life, death, and the spaces in-between.
In this gritty young adult novel, Réal struggles with his guilt over a friend’s violent death and his feelings for the dead boy’s pregnant girlfriend. But when he looks to her to atone for his sins, everything goes sideways. Fast.
Regan McDonell studied writing at the University of Victoria. During the day she is the creative director at a Toronto-based marketing agency and at night she writes fiction for teens. For more information, visit www.writerregan.com.
A moving story of a young teenage girl coming to terms with her sexual identity in the face of a family crisis.
Star Spider’s writing was longlisted for both the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize and the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and has appeared in a number of publications, including Empty Mirror. Past Tense is her first novel.
Two-spirited Anishinaabe teen Shane is torn between his responsibilities at home on the rez looking after his mother who’s reeling from his sister’s suicide and the promise of freedom calling to him from the city.
Adam Garnet Jones is a Cree/Métis filmmaker and writer whose work often focuses on sexuality, abuse, suicide, depression, and Indigenous cultural identity. His debut YA novel, Fire Song, is an adaptation of his award-winning film of the same name.