Toronto, Ontario

WOTS Festival & Marketplace - Day 1

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Harbourfront Centre | 12pm - 7pm


WOTS Festival & Marketplace - Day 2

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Harbourfront Centre | 10am - 5pm

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Since 1989, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 30th anniversary festival will be our best yet! Stay tuned for announcements on our featured authors, performers, and storytellers.

Derek Mascarenhas

Photo Credit: Khadeja Reid

Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program. Derek is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington. Derek currently resides in Toronto. Coconut Dreams is his first book.

Coconut Dreams

In Coconut Dreams Derek Mascarenhas takes a fresh look at the world of the new immigrant and the South Asian experience in Canada. Through seventeen linked stories, the lives of the Pinto family are explored. Starting with a ghost story set in Goa, India in the 1950s, the collection weaves through various timelines and perspectives to focus on two siblings, Aiden and Ally Pinto, who tackle their adventures in a predominantly white suburb with innocence, intelligence and a timid foot in two distinct cultures. Published by Book*hug Press (2019).


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