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.

Starting Over

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

The path upon which one’s life begins may not always be the best route; sometimes, people have to dynamite their own path. A young Korean-Canadian girl, torn between her dreams and her parents’ demands, watches as her family falls into chaos. A media artist transitions from female to male while another comes back from a near-death experience from AIDS. Authors Ann Y.K. Choi and Chase Joynt prove that there are many second acts in Canadian life.

Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety is a bittersweet coming-of-age debut novel set in the Korean community in Toronto in the 1980s. Told through the eyes of a rebellious young girl, this critically-acclaimed book vividly captures the struggles of families caught between two cultures. Family secrets, a lost sister, forbidden loves, domestic assaults—Mary discovers as she grows up that life is much more complicated than she had ever imagined.

  • Fiction

Ann Y.K. Choi

Originally from Chung-Ju, South Korea, Ann Y.K. Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She attended the University of Toronto where she studied English, Sociology, and Education. Ann has also graduated from the Humber School for Writers, the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and is completing her MFA in Creative Writing from the National University in San Diego, California. In 2012, she received the Marina Nemat Award.

You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death, and Transition

What if it’s not true that you only live once? In this genre-transcending book, trans writer and media artist Chase Joynt and HIV-positive movie artist Mike Hoolboom come together over the films of Chris Marker to exchange transition tales, confessional missives that map out the particularities of occupying what they call ‘second lives’: Chase’s transition from female to male and Mike’s near-death from AIDS. Weaving cultural theory with memoir and media analysis, YOLT asks intimate questions about what it might mean to find love and hope through conversation across generations.

  • Biography/Autobiography

Chase Joynt

Chase Joynt is a Toronto-based moving-image artist and writer. Recently awarded the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist and jury awards for Best Documentary and Best Short, Chase’s work continues to be exhibited internationally. Chase is a PhD candidate in Film at York University and a recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in Arts Practice and Scholarship at the University of Chicago.