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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.  

Truth Is A Funhouse Mirror

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Neil Gaiman once said that the best question a writer can ask is: “What if?” What if you were born on February 29th, and only aged every four years? What if what lies on the Other Side is not what you expect? What if there was an alternate timeline where the Cold War never ended? Leave it to Daniel Grenier, Randal Graham, and Terri Favro to answer these burning questions.

The Longest Year

Thomas is a young boy growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a French-Canadian father, Albert, and an American mother, Laura. But beyond the fact that he lives between two cultures and languages, there’s something else about Thomas that sets him apart: he was born on February 29. Spanning three centuries and set against the backdrop of the Appalachians, from Quebec to Tennessee, The Longest Year is a magical and poignant story about family history, fateful dates, fragile destinies, and lives brutally ended and mysteriously extended.

  • Fiction

Daniel Grenier

Daniel Grenier was born in Brossard, Quebec, in 1980. His debut short story collection, Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri was published in 2012, and his first novel, L’anée la plus longue (The Longest Year), won the Prix littéraire des collégiens and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for French Fiction, the Prix des libraires, and the Prix littéraire France-Québec. Grenier has also translated numerous English-language works into French. He lives in Quebec City.

Né à Brossard en 1980, Daniel Grenier est traducteur et romancier. Il a fait paraître trois livres au Quartanier : La solitude de l’écrivain de fond (essai, 2017), L’année la plus longue (roman, 2015, prix littéraire des Collégiens, finaliste aux Prix du Gouverneur général et au Prix des Libraires) et Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri (nouvelles, 2012). Il a publié chez divers éditeurs plusieurs traductions d’auteurs canadiens-anglais.Il vit à Québec.


What if you went to heaven and no one there believed in Earth? This is the question at the heart of Beforelife, a satirical novel that follows the post-mortem adventures of Ian Brown, a man who dies and finds himself in an afterlife where no one else believes in “pre-incarnation.” While scouring the afterlife for his wife, Ian accidentally winds up on a quest to prove that the beforelife is real, putting him squarely into the crosshairs of some of history’s greatest heroes and villains.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction

Randal Graham

Randal Graham is a law professor at Western University. He lives in London, Ontario, with his wife and their Himalayan kitty.

Sputnik’s Children

Debbie Biondi is the creator of the Cold War era–inspired superhero series Sputnik Chick: Girl With No Past. With her comics’ popularity waning, Debbie decides to finally reveal the series’ origin. Sputnik Chick is based on Debbie’s own life in an alternate timeline. Or so she believes . . . Present-day Debbie is addicted to lorazepam and martinis, making her an unreliable narrator, at best. A time-bending novel, Sputnik’s Children explores what it was like to come of age in the Atomic Age.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction

Terri Favro

Growing up in the Niagara region during the Cold War, Terri Favro was told, “If they drop the bomb, we’ll be the first to go.” Today she is a CBC Literary Prize finalist; author of the award-winning novella, The Proxy Bride; and co-creator of the Bella comic book series. Terri lives in Toronto, Ontario, and blogs at