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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.
Ontario may be Yours to Discover, but it can also be a place ever on the brink of violence. A couple crashes their car into an escaped lion as a crew of skinheads roam a city laid low by economic collapse. A suburban family discovers their son is involved in a terrorist plot. Waste and Belief take two Ontario towns and turn them over to see the worms crawling underneath.
An up-and-coming, modest Muslim family in Mississauga discovers their son Rafiq’s involvement in a plot to bomb locations in Toronto. Belief tells the story of the family’s escape from Bombay to Canada; their small success, epitomized by their proud ownership of a house in Mississauga; and Rafiq’s attraction to fundamentalist ideas. Rafiq, it appears, has rejected these ideas, but how does he explain the plot details found on his computer? Told simply, impartially, and with great understanding and empathy, this very Canadian novel describes the trauma of a family unable to understand their child’s mind as they anxiously await his fate.
Mayank Bhatt immigrated to Toronto from Bombay (Mumbai) in July 2008 with his wife Mahrukh and son Che. Soon after, he joined the Humber College mentoring program, where MG Vassanji was his mentor. His short stories have been published in TOK 5: Writing the New Toronto, Canadian Voices II, and Indian Voices I. He has worked as a security guard, a journalist, and an administrator. He blogs at www.generallyaboutbooks.com.
A breakneck tour of a brokedown city littered with ruptured families, missing mothers, busted bowling alleys, and neon motels.
Larkhill, Ontario. 1989. A city on the brink of utter economic collapse. On the brink of violence. Driving home one night, unlikely passengers Jamie Garrison and Moses Moon hit a lion at fifty miles an hour. Both men stumble away from the freak accident unharmed, but neither reports the bizarre incident.
Haunted by the dead lion, Moses storms through the frozen city with his pathetic crew of wannabe skinheads searching for his mentally unstable mother. Jamie struggles with raising his young daughter and working a dead-end job in a butcher shop, where a dead body shows up in the waste buckets out back. A warning of something worse to come.
Somewhere out there in the dark, a man is still looking for his lion. His name is Astor Crane, and he has never really understood forgiveness.
Andrew F. Sullivan is from Oshawa, Ontario. His debut short story collection, All We Want Is Everything (ARP Books, 2013), was one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2013. Sullivan no longer spends his days handling raw meat, boxes of liquor, or used video games. Waste is his first novel.