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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.
Voice K is a children’s Magazine with content written entirely by children. It started in 2011 with a simple goal: to help children publish their work. You Voice K journalists go out to events, interview people, and record their experiences. At The Word On The Street’s Youth Launchpad, three Voice K journalists will interview authors Gordon Korman, Wesley King, and Garfield Ellis. Learn more about Voice K at www.voicek.ca.
Everton Dorril discovers that his father has run off to track down a woman he has been in love with for thirty-five years. His father’s refusal to return home leads Everton to reluctantly join him on his quest. He discovers that his father, frightened and unhappy with the failings of his past, is seeking closure and reconciliation. Fearing this is his last chance to find out more about the father who had no time for him when he was growing up, Everton and his father set out on an adventurous quest across Jamaica, hoping to make up for lost time.
Garfield Ellis grew up in Jamaica. He is the author of five published books: Flaming Hearts, Wake Rasta, Such As I Have, For Nothing at All, and Till I’m Laid to Rest. His work has appeared in several international journals, including Callaloo, Calabash, the Caribbean Writer, Obsidian III, Anthurium, and Small Axe. Ellis has won the Una Marson Prize for Adult Literature for his collection Flaming Hearts (1997), and later for Till I’m Laid To Rest (2000). He also won the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for Short Fiction in 2000 and 2005, and the 1990 Heinemann/Lifestyle Short Story Competition.
OCDaniel is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who is struggling with OCD. Daniel spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits, such as flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times over. Author Wesley King, who hid his OCD until his late twenties, has crafted a smart, complex and relatable character who greatly mirrors himself at that age. The heart of this story is in feeling different and finding those who understand.
Wesley King is the author of several previous books, including The Forest of Reading’s 2013 Red Maple award winner, The Vindico. He was also nominated for The Forest of Reading’s 2016 Silver Birch award for his first middle grade novel, The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! Wesley does many school visits and is beloved by students, teachers, and librarians for his fun, informative, and interactive presentations. He lives with his wife in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
After their narrow escape from their “perfect” hometown, Eli, Tori, Amber and Malik are finally in the real world and determined to expose the leaders of Serenity. They decide to go straight to the top, to track down Tamara Dunleavy, the mysterious billionaire and founder of Project Osiris. Evading capture by breaking laws and sneaking into houses, hotels, buses and cars—are they becoming the criminals they were destined to be?
What they discover will change everything—leading them straight back into the Plastic Works and the heart of the experiment, in order to uncover the deadly criminals they’re cloned from and any evidence that will convince the outside world to believe the truth. On a breakneck journey from Jackson Hole to a maximum security prison, they will stop at nothing to take Project Osiris down.
Gordon Korman has written more than seventy middle-grade and teen novels, including the New York Times bestselling The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book One: The Medusa Plot; the Swindle series; Ungifted; the Island series; Pop; Schooled; No More Dead Dogs; Son of the Mob; and many other favourites. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. You can visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.