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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!
Linden MacIntyre’s first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award, his memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Evelyn Richardson Award. The Bishop’s Man, a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award. He spent 24 years as the co-host of the fifth estate and is a distinguished broadcast journalist who has won ten Gemini awards.
Pierre Cormier had secrets. Though he married twice, became a high-flying lawyer and a father, he didn’t let anyone really know him. He was especially silent about what had happened to him in Lebanon. In the midst of a corporate scandal, he went missing and his teenaged son Cyril didn’t know how to mourn him. But five years later, a single bone and a distinctive gold chain are recovered, and Pierre is declared dead. At the reading of the will, it turns out that Pierre wanted a “roast” at a bar no one knew he frequented–The Only Café. He’d even left a guest list that included one mysterious name: Ari. Cyril tracks down Ari and finds out that he is an Israeli who knew his father in Lebanon in the ’80s. Soon Cyril’s personal investigation is entangled in the larger news story.