Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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For the past 26 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 at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

Shannon Scanlan & Mona Awad

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

This exciting visual arts program brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating, and innovating. Four local artists have been paired with four 2016 Canadian books. Each artist has been challenged to create a new installation inspired by the themes of their book, using the festival site to engage audience and applying their own unique art practice to the creative process.

*While the artwork will be on-site all day, the artist will be present during this time slot*

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks—even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she’s afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?

In her brilliant, hilarious, and at times shocking debut, Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance, and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform. As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in fiction.

  • Fiction

Mona Awad

Mona Awad received her MFA in fiction from Brown University. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’sThe WalrusJoylandPost RoadSt. Petersburg Review, and many other journals. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing and English literature at the University of Denver.

Shannon Scanlan

Shannon Scanlan is a sculpture and installation artist currently living and working in Toronto. Her work investigates themes of body image and sexuality. Currently Shannon is making a series called Soft Manipulations that uses embroidery, beadwork and zippers in a way that solicits tactile investigation.

Born in Vernon British Columbia, Shannon Graduated from the University of Victoria with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. After travelling in the United Kingdom and working in Victoria, Shannon moved to Toronto in 2011 to complete her Master of Fine Arts at York University in 2013. Shannon has shown in Victoria, Montreal, Toronto and Windsor.
www.shannonscanlan.tumblr.com