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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!
Elan Mastai is a novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, All Our Wrong Todays, is being translated into more than two dozen languages and he’s currently writing the movie adaptation for Paramount Pictures. He won the Canadian Academy Award and Writers Guild of Canada Award for writing The F Word (released internationally as What If), which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver. Born in Vancouver, he lives in Toronto with his wife and children.
Tom Barren lives in the 2016 that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have, a version of our world where technology has solved all of humanity’s problems. When tragedy turns his life upside-down, Tom does what you do when you’re heartbroken and have a time machine—something stupid. Finding himself stranded in what seems to be a terrible dystopian alternate reality—what we immediately recognize as our 2016, the all-too-familiar real world—Tom discovers the very different life he could’ve had.