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2019 Festival

Hundreds of readings and activities. The best selection of Canadian writing. Canada’s largest FREE book and magazine festival!


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Festival Programs – Sunday, September 22

Thanks to our partners Webcom and Domtar for their support in creating our Festival Programs. Please view our Digital Festival Programs below for the full festival schedule, participants, and more.

Merci à nos partenaires Webcom et Domtar pour leur soutien à la création de nos programmes du Festival. Consultez le programme numérique du festival ci-dessous pour connaître l’horaire complet du festival, les participants et plus encore.


Main Attractions - Sunday, September 22

Readings and Workshops

The Word On The Street features author readings for all ages and literary appetites, workshops and panels for aspiring writers and journalists, and a whole day of literacy programming at our Learning Station!

Family Fun

The Word On The Street is the place to be for kids and families! With readings and activities for kids of all ages in both official languages! Check out our TD Children's Literature Stage, Kids Activity Tent, Learning Station, and La scène francophone MonAvenir. Don't miss a special presentation by Sharon & Bram!

#WOTS30 Anniversary Series

Five panels examine where writing is headed over the next 30 years. The panels look at the future of reading, building literary community, Queer writing in Canada, writing with the city in mind, and digital journalism in an age of disinformation.

Exhibitor Marketplace

On Sunday, September, 22, explore Canada's largest marketplace of books and magazines. The Word On The Street offers a glimpse into the Canadian literary scene, the chance to purchase books from over 250 vendors, and opportunities to connect with the people who fuel the publishing industry across the country.


Support The Word On The Street

Help us celebrate 30 years as a champion of reading and literacy in Toronto!

The Word On The Street is more than a festival – it’s a gateway to Canada’s best new stories and ideas. Since 1990, we have presented thousands of writers to a growing audience of book-lovers from Toronto and beyond.

Help us kick-off our next 30 years with the resources we need to make The Word On The Street a vital part of Toronto’s story for years to come.

Keynote and WOTS Plus – September 17 / 21

The City Imagines Keynote

On Tuesday, September 17 join us for our inaugural City Imagines keynote address with Toronto author and city builder Ken Greenberg!


On Saturday, September 21 don't miss our day of discussion on writing and civil society presented in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues and the TPL.

Featured Participants - Sunday, September 22

Alicia Elliott Bestsellers

André Alexis

Great Books Marquee

Diya Lim

La scène francophone MonAvenir

Jesse Thistle

Indigenous Voices

Catherine Hernandez

TD Children's Literature

Fonda Lee

Across the Universe

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