Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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

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Festival

Participate in hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest FREE book and magazine festival! Participez à des centaines de lectures d’auteurs, de discussions et d’activités, et faites vos achats dans un marché qui offre la meilleure sélection de livres et de magazines canadiens qui soit. Il y a beaucoup à voir et à faire au plus vaste festival de livres et de magazines GRATUIT au pays!

200

Canadian Authors
Auteurs canadiens

150

Events
Activités

18

Stages
Scènes

265

Exhibitors
Exposants

Festival Programs | Programmes du festival

Thanks to our partners Webcom, Domtar, and Owlkids 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 WebcomDomtar et Owlkids 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 in 2016

Discussion Panels

There was a wide selection of panels to choose from this year, including, A Pirate's Life for Me, André Alexis' and Gary Barwin's discussion on writing nautical tales, a look at What Literary Agents are Looking For with Olga Filina and Carolyn Forde, and a whole day of literacy programming at our Learning Tent!

Check out the full event schedule.

Family Fun Activities

Every year, there are exciting activities for the kids all day! In 2016, kids had the chance to learn how to draw a comic with Chirp, design their own skunk on a string with Thao Lam, or join Polkaroo for a dance party at the TVOKids Stage! Also, some of Canada’s top children’s publishers were on-hand showcasing their newest books and magazines! Take a look at all the fun in our 2016 Festival Photo Galleries!

Exhibitor Marketplace

The Word On The Street's Exhibitor Marketplace is the largest of its kind in Canada. It offers festival-goers a window into the Canadian literary scene, the chance to purchase books from over 250 vendors - it's Canada's biggest outdoor bookstore! – and speak with the people who fuel the publishing industry across the country.

York University Word On The Street Anthology

Read York University's Word On The Street Instant Anthology 2016 for free! Download the Kobo Inc app to check it out.
The Word On The Street Instant Anthology is an instant publication produced by York University’s Writing Department for Word On The Street in Toronto, developed and edited within the span of the festival. Anyone can submit work for the anthology. The work could be a reaction to a reading, event, an author, a happening — anything connected to the festival.

The Word On The Street Instant Anthology is an instant publication produced by York University’s Writing Department for Word On The Street in Toronto. Anyone can submit work for the anthology. The work could be a reaction to a reading, event, an author, a happening — anything connected to the festival.

Read the collection here.

Featured Participants

Chester Brown

Author, Artist

Gordon Korman

Children's Author

2016 Video Gallery