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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
It’s the 30th Anniversary of the Trillium Book Award/ Prix Trillium. Be part of Ontario’s celebration! Help congratulate 2017 recipients Melanie Mah and Meaghan Strimas as they present their winning titles.
Winner of the 2017 Trillium Book Award
Cosmopolitan and curious seventeen-year-old Chrysler Wong suffers from a debilitating fear brought on by belief in a family curse. Three of her siblings have died after turning eighteen and venturing beyond the borders of their tiny rural Alberta town, and the fourth, her favourite, has recently left and is incommunicado. Is she destined to share their fate – or worse, doomed to live a circumscribed life?
Melanie Mah was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and currently resides in Toronto. The Sweetest One, her first novel, won the 2017 Trillium Book Award.
Funny and frank, playful and unpredictable, frequently outrageous and undeniably smart—Meaghan Strimas’s poems explore the lives of girls, women, and a few bad men who maybe wish they were a little better. Strimas tackles the darkest and most disturbing subjects with a sense of humour that never fails to find evidence of a grand, cosmic joke. Yes or Nope is as compulsively readable as it is emotionally unsettling.
Meaghan Strimas is the author of three poetry collections, Junkman’s Daughter, A Good Time Had By All, and Yes or Nope, which was awarded the Trillium Book Award for Poetry (2017). Strimas is also the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen. She grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario, and lives in Toronto, where she is a professor in the Department of English at Humber College and the editor of the Humber Literary Review.