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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival was one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. Her debut novel Those Who Run in the Sky was released in the spring of 2017, followed by What’s My Superpower?, her first picture book. In 2014, she won first place in the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition for her short story “Tarnikuluk,” which also earned her a Governor General’s History Award. Aviaq is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and she has a diploma in Social Service Work from Canadore College. Aviaq loves to travel.
After a blizzard leaves young shaman-in-training Pitu stranded on the sea ice, he soon realizes that he is no longer in the world that he once knew. The storm has carried him into the world of the spirits. As he tries to find his way back home, Pitu is plagued by ravenous black wolves, water-dwelling creatures, and beings less frightening, but equally as incredible, such as a lone giant. Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to his family and the girl he loves.