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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.
What happens when a sprawling, whimsical, and ultra modern family greets their grumpy, conservative grandfather for a long-term stay? How powerful can the decision of a child be? Join us as Deborah Ellis and Emma Donoghue help us answer these questions and more as they present their latest works for children.
The seated child. With a single powerful image, Deborah Ellis draws our attention to nine children and the situations they find themselves in, often through no fault of their own. In each story, a child makes a decision and takes action, be that a tiny gesture or a life-altering choice. These children find the courage to face their situations in ways large and small, in this eloquent collection from a master storyteller.
Deborah Ellis is best known for her Breadwinner series, which has been published in twenty-five languages and has earned more than $1 million in royalties to benefit Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada.
Sumac Lottery is the fifth of seven kids in her (VERY) large, (EXTREMELY) unruly family. With four parents, a parrot, a dog, a rat, and two cats, the sprawling Victorian house they call Camelottery is already quite full . But one day, Sumac gets the news that one of their grandfathers will be coming to live with them. Suddenly, everything changes. Grumps is worse than just tough to get along with—Grumps has got to go! But can Sumac help him find a home where he belongs?
Emma Donoghue spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical to the contemporary. Her novel Room was a New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Best Book of 2010, and a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange prizes. The Lotterys Plus One is her first novel for young readers.