Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 27th festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!

Marguerite Andersen

Marguerite Andersen is an accomplished writer and lecturer. She has taught French and translation (English, French, and German) at several universities and has also worked as a translator and interpreter for diplomats and writers. Dr. Andersen was the editor of Canada’s first feminist anthology in the 1970s, Mother was not a person. She has written several novels, short story collections, and plays. She lives in Toronto.

The Bad Mother

As the world labels her a wife, a mother, and eventually a bad mother, the character of Marguerite wrestles with her own definition of personhood. Can you love your children and want your own life at the same time? This fictionalized account of the author’s life is written with brutal honesty, in spare, pithy, and often poetic prose, as she expresses her conflicted feelings concerning a difficult time and the impact it had on her sense of self. Andersen confronts the large and small choices that she made—the times she was there for her children and the times she wasn’t—all the while asking, “What kind of mother am I?”

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