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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!
Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor whose award-winning fiction has been published and 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 at the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and became the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Her book A Gentle Habit was published in August 2016.
In a future in which humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, the Indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to restoring something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands.
The 1960s and the 1970s ushered in a massive revitalization of Indigenous consciousness, culture, and stories. Indigenous publications of the 1970s were often grounded in traditional stories and also in voicing Indigenous experiences. Moving on in time, Theytus Books’ publication of The Black Ship by Gerry William in 1994 marked the first Indigenous science fiction novel in Canada. Theytus is now publishing this first Indigenous science fiction anthology in Canada. It is hoped that this book will both draw upon the power of traditional stories, and also upon the vast narrative imagination of Indigenous peoples, embodied in contemporary sci-fi and speculative storytelling.