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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.
See the city life in a new light as Dawn Dumont explores the urban setting through four friends and their lives, loves, and losses and Daniel David Moses presents two sides of the city through a tragedy and a farce.
Glass Beads follows the interconnected friendships of four First Nations people as they navigate life in the city, being the first of their families to live off the reserve. Against the backdrop of the 90s and early 2000s, the four experience family catastrophes, broken friendships, and the aftermath of the great tragedy of 9/11. Readers are intimately connected with each struggle, whether it is with racism, isolation, finding their cultural identity, or repairing the wounds of their upbringing.
Dawn Dumont is a columnist for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, the Regina Leader-Post, and Eagle Feather News. She has previously written for the Edmonton Journal and CBC Radio and has worked as a stand-up comic making people laugh at clubs across North America including New York’s Comic Strip, the Comedy Club, the Improv, and Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s and the Laugh Resort. She lives in Saskatoon.
The first two in a series of four City Plays that explore a Native family’s collision between spiritual traditions and urban materialism. Coyote City, a tragedy, begins with a phone call from a ghost that sends a young Native woman, Lena, and her family on a search in the city for her missing lover, Johnny. Big Buck City, a farce, tells the story of Lena’s subsequent Christmas reunion with her family in that city, just in time for the birth of her own miraculous child.
Daniel David Moses is a Delaware from the Six Nations lands on the Grand River. He is a respected playwright and Governor General’s Award finalist, known for using storytelling and theatrical conventions to explore the consequences of the collision between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. He has published 15 books of drama, poetry, and non-fiction. He teaches playwrighting at Queen’s University.