Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 10:00 am - 5:00 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.  

This Glorious Quest

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM

We are all searching for something: car keys, T.V. remote, favourite sweater, happiness. Terry Fallis brings us Alex MacAskill, who is thrust into uncovering the mystery of his family; a journey that takes him from Ottawa to London to Yaroslavl, Russia. Meanwhile, Jack Vesoovian hunts down his life-long literary friend Petronius Totem as told by Peter Unwin.

Searching for Petronius Totem

An utterly original, wild, and satirical novel about a cross-country road trip, the meaning of art, and — as would be expected — flying edible robot chickens.

  • Fiction
  • Humour

Peter Unwin

Peter Unwin is the author of numerous books, including Life Without Death, shortlisted for the 2014 Trillium Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour. He lives in Toronto with his family.



One Brother Shy

From the two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and author of The Best Laid Plans, comes a new story about a man tormented by an event from his youth, and the journey he finds himself on to heal and to learn who he is.

  • Fiction
  • Humour

Terry Fallis

A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of five national bestsellers, including his most recent, Poles Apart, all published by McClelland & Stewart. His sixth novel, One Brother Shy, was published by M&S in May, 2017. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons, and blogs at Follow @TerryFallis on Twitter.