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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
A young woman in Deseronto, Hanora, is told about her adoption 18 years before, but given no details. Determined to uncover the mysteries of her identity, Hanora travels to Europe with her cousin Billie as war looms and as her great love, Tobe, enlists in the Infantry. Decades later, the truth remains beyond her grasp, until a newly discovered set of diaries allow her to piece together her history and her own place in the world.
Frances Itani has written 17 books. That’s My Baby is partly set during the jazz/big-band era of WW2. Other novels are Tell, shortlisted for the Giller Prize; the bestseller, Deafening, translated in 17 countries, winner of a Commonwealth Award, shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and recently optioned for a TV mini-series; Requiem chosen by The Washington Post as a top fiction title of 2012; and bestseller Remembering the Bones. Frances is a Member of the Order of Canada.