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  

Those Impossible Moments

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Sometimes life delivers a sucker-punch straight to your gut, and all you can do is try to stand as tall as you can. Lisa Lisson and Manjusha Pawagi know that feeling better than most, and came through their hardships to share their stories.

Resilience: Navigating Life, Loss, and the Road to Success

Resilience is the inspirational story of Lisa Lisson, who became the first female president of FedEx Canada while suffering a devastating personal tragedy. Part leadership guide, part memoir of loss, and part personal empowerment primer on how to achieve your goals no matter what the universe throws at you, Resilience is an inspirational story about how to rise to the top in a man’s world, triumph over adversity, lead a fulfilling life, and live each day with purpose and gratitude.

  • Autobiography | Autobiographie

Lisa Lisson

Lisa Lisson is the president of FedEx Express Canada. She has been awarded a Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her achievements and was inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2015. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.

Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy

In her wry, funny memoir about her fight with leukemia and her search to find a stem cell match, Manjusha Pawagi describes how the darkest moments of life can be made worse with roommates; details how much determination it takes to ignore the statistics; and answers the age-old question: what does it take to get a banana popsicle around here?

  • Autobiography | Autobiographie

Manjusha Pawagi

Manjusha Pawagi was a journalist, children’s author and lawyer before being appointed a family court judge in 2009. Her children’s book The Girl Who Hated Books is an international bestseller, translated into more than a dozen languages and made into an award-winning animated short by the National Film Board of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her husband Simon and children Jack and Anna.