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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!
David Suzuki is an internationally renowned geneticist and environmentalist and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science and the 2009 Right Livelihood Award. Host of the long running CBC television program The Nature of Things, he is also the author of more than fifty books.
Just Cool It! is a resounding post–Paris Agreement wake-up call about the urgency of the climate crisis that offers a range of practical solutions—and above all, hope. David Suzuki and Ian Hanington offer a comprehensive look at the current state of climate science and knowledge and the many ways to resolve the climate crisis, imploring us to do what’s necessary to live in a better, cleaner future. When enough people demand action, change starts happening—and this time, it could be monumental.
This series of letters offers grandfatherly advice mixed with reflections from Suzuki’s and Canada’s past, and speaks personally and honestly about the future. He challenges them—Tamo, Midori, Jonathan, Ganhlaans, Tiisaan, and Ryo—to speak out and act on their beliefs, champions the importance of heroes and elders, and of grassroots movements. He shares with us how indigenous people around the world suffuse his environmentalism, the importance of First Nations heritage for his two Haida grandchildren, gives his take on feminism and what it means today for his granddaughter, and even explains why team sports are important, all with candour and grace. He challenges his grandchildren— and us—to do everything at full tilt and most of all, to live with courage and conviction.