Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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.

Writing Toronto in the Future

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by Aparita Bhandari and featuring Cherie Dimaline, Judy Fong Bates, George Elliott Clarke, and Marjorie Chan, this year’s Diaspora Dialogues panel will explore the multifaceted question: How would one write Toronto in the future? Based on the city’s current trajectory, would a book or a play taking place in 2030 or 2040 Toronto be a dystopian piece or utopian? What characterizes each fate in the context of the city? Our panel will also have an interactive component, allowing audience members to partake?in which a select few will have the chance to write a paragraph to be critiqued by the panelists.

Judy Fong Bates

Judy Fong Bates is thrilled to be a part of Toronto’s The Word on the Street. Her latest work, The Year of Finding Memory, a family memoir, was a Globe and Mail Best 100 Book for 2010. She lives with her husband on a farm outside of Campbellford. They are both devoted gardeners and enthusiastic hikers.

George Elliott Clarke

The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered poet.  Now teaching African-Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard.  He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.  His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.

Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline is a Metis author and editor whose award winning fiction has been anthologized internationally. Her first book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007 and her novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy, was released in 2013. In 2014, she was named the Emerging Artist of the Year, Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Her latest book, A Gentle Habit, is the August 2016 selection for the All Lit Up summer book club. A new young adult novel, The Marrow Thieves, is forthcoming from Cormorant Books in spring 2017.