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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 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  

Turbulent Times: A Global Survey

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

It seems that news is becoming increasingly international, and Canada seems to be making an equally big splash in that global community. So how do we find our place as a “glocal” citizen and how to we separate fact from fake news? Our news in Canadian publications. Gain valuable perspective with Anne Kingston (Maclean’s), Erica Lenti (This Magazine), Jessica Johnson (The Walrus), and Bob Chodos (Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion) as they highlight what global stories you should be paying attention to, and the unique Canadian context that informs them.

Anne Kingston

Anne Kingston is a journalist, author, and broadcaster. Currently a columnist and senior writer for Maclean’s, Anne has also worked for The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night magazine, and the National Post. Her work has been honoured with four gold National Magazine Awards. Her first book, The Edible Man: Dave Nichol, President’s Choice and the Making of Popular Taste, won the National Business Book Award. Her second book, The Meaning of Wife, was published internationally. She is currently completing her third book, an investigation into medical politics.

Erica Lenti

Erica Lenti is an award-winning editor and writer based in Toronto. She is the editor of This Magazine, Canada’s magazine for progressive politics, culture, and ideas. Her writing has appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, TVO, Hazlitt, and Maisonneuve. Follow her on Twitter @ericalenti.

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson is Executive Editor and Creative Director of The Walrus and, for the last year, she has also served as the magazine’s fiction editor. An award-winning journalist, she has contributed to a number of publications across North America, including Saturday Night, The Globe & Mail, Lucky, Elle, and The New Republic. Jessica is a former editor and columnist for The Globe & Mail and the former books editor of the National Post. From 2009 to 2015, she was also the head copywriter behind the successful transformation of Hudson’s Bay, the 347-year-old department store. Jessica is a graduate of the UBC Creative Writing program.

Bob Chodos

Bob Chodos has been managing editor of Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion since 2002. Before that he was editor of Compass: A Jesuit Journal and the Canadian Forum, and he has also served in an editorial capacity with the Last Post, This Magazine, Voices Across Boundaries and Vox Feminarum. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books, including The Caribbean Connection (1977), Quebec and the American Dream (1991), and Canada and the Global Economy (1993), and has translated more than twenty books from French to English. He lives in New Hamburg, Ontario.