Toronto, Ontario

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 that appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017  

The Patch

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands

Bestselling author Chris Turner brings readers onto the streets of Fort McMurray, showing the myriad ways the oil sands affects our lives. The Patch is the definitive story of the oil sands and its high-stakes collision between two conflicting world views—one of industrial triumph and another of environmental stewardship. Told through the eyes of those who live in it day-to-day, with remarkable clarity and urgency, The Patch asks if we are to both fuel the world and save it, what do we do about The Patch?

  • Nonfiction

Chris Turner

Chris Turner is an award-winning author and one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on climate change solutions and the global energy transition. His bestsellers The Leap and The Geography of Hope were both National Business Book Award finalists. His feature writing has earned nine National Magazine Awards. He lives in Calgary with his wife, Ashley Bristowe, and their two children.