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For the past 26 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 at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.
Have you ever felt caught in routine? Stuck in a rut? Destined or cursed to a familiar role? In the books featured in Trading Places, protagonists exit their familiar spheres for things new and uncertain, whether it be new occupations, adventures with new people, or doing all the things that terrify you (which are, frankly, many). Join Malcolm Sutton and Melanie Mah as they swap old for new and discover the literary misadventures that ensue.
When Chrysler Wong’s three eldest siblings left their small Alberta hometown at the age of eighteen, each one died. Her last remaining and favourite sibling, Trina, ignores the “curse” and also departs, leaving seventeen-year-old Chrysler to pine and anxiously await her own death in a year. Yet despite her family history, Chrysler wants nothing more than to see what’s beyond town limits, to find her sister, to experience love. She’d do it all – only she’s afraid of almost everything.
Melanie Mah was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and currently resides in Toronto. The Sweetest One is her first novel.
An unemployed man, losing his ability to imagine a future self, disappears into the shadow world of an ambitious millennial. His wife, an idealistic artist at the turning point of her career, falls deeper and deeper into the gravitational field of her ultra-wealthy employer.
Job Shadowing is a novel of our 20th-century desires torn asunder by the new millennium. Through stylish, searching prose, it tests the grounds of impossible love, generational identity and middle-class fantasy.
Malcolm Sutton lives in Toronto. His fiction has appeared in Maisonneuve and Joyland, and his writing on art has appeared in C Magazine and Border Crossings. He is the Founding Editor of The Coming Envelope journal of innovative prose, and the Fiction Editor at BookThug Press. Job Shadowing is his debut novel.