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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 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 at the 28th festival on September 24, 2017  

Story of the Game

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Toronto seasons are often divided in two ways: winter and construction or hockey and baseball. Join Lance Hornby and Stacey May Fowles for their perspectives on how these pastimes shape us as individuals and as a community.


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Toronto and the Maple Leafs

On December 19, 2017, the Toronto Maple Leafs officially turn 100. In the spirit of the centenary celebrations, Toronto and the Maple Leafs explores the city’s relationship with its most beloved sports team. Veteran Leafs and NHL columnist Lance Hornby shows how the pulse of the city and team became one through two world wars, the Depression, and the zany Harold Ballard years. An unforgettable book about the good teams, bad games, and bizarre times of this franchise’s history.

  • Nonfiction

Lance Hornby

Lance Hornby has covered the Maple Leafs and the NHL for the Toronto Sun since 1986.

Baseball Life Advice

For Stacey May Fowles, the game of baseball is one of “long pauses punctuated by tiny miracles.” In this entertaining and thoughtful book, Fowles gives us a refreshingly candid and personal perspective on subjects ranging from bat flips to bandwagoners, from the romance of spring training to the politics of booing, from the necessity of taking a hard look at players’ injuries and mental health issues to finding solace at the ballpark.

  • Autobiography | Autobiographie
  • Sports

Stacey May Fowles

Stacey May Fowles is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and essayist, and the national bestselling author of Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game that Saved Me. She has written about sports for the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Blue Jays Nation, Torontoist, the National Post, Deadspin, Hazlitt, and Vice Sports, among others. She has been a frequent guest on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and is a former member of q’s sports panel. She lives in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter @MissStaceyMay.

Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story

Who was Maurice the man, and who was Mad Dog the character? Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon was a gold medalist, a pro-wrestling legend, and a pop culture icon — but he was also a son, husband, and father. Mad Dog explores Vachon’s career and personal struggles with detailed historical research and through both Maurice’s own recollections and those of the people who knew him best. This is the amazing tale of how a lifelong make-believe heel became a real-life hero outside of the ring.

  • Biography | Biographie
  • Sports

Pat Laprade

Pat Laprade is the co-author of Sisterhood of the Squared Circle and Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s 2013 book of the year, Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs. He created the Quebec wrestling Hall of Fame, and lives in Montreal.

Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story

Who was Maurice the man, and who was Mad Dog the character? Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon was a gold medalist, a pro-wrestling legend, and a pop culture icon — but he was also a son, husband, and father. Mad Dog explores Vachon’s career and personal struggles with detailed historical research and through both Maurice’s own recollections and those of the people who knew him best. This is the amazing tale of how a lifelong make-believe heel became a real-life hero outside of the ring.

  • Biography | Biographie
  • Sports

Bertrand Hébert

Bertrand Hébert co-wrote Pat Patterson’s autobiography, Accepted. He also co-wrote Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s 2013 book of the year, Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs with Pat Laprade. He lives in Beauharnois, Quebec.