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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!
Mayank Bhatt immigrated to Toronto from Bombay (Mumbai) in July 2008 with his wife Mahrukh and son Che. Soon after, he joined the Humber College mentoring program, where MG Vassanji was his mentor. His short stories have been published in TOK 5: Writing the New Toronto, Canadian Voices II, and Indian Voices I. He has worked as a security guard, a journalist, and an administrator. He blogs at www.generallyaboutbooks.com.
An up-and-coming, modest Muslim family in Mississauga discovers their son Rafiq’s involvement in a plot to bomb locations in Toronto. Belief tells the story of the family’s escape from Bombay to Canada; their small success, epitomized by their proud ownership of a house in Mississauga; and Rafiq’s attraction to fundamentalist ideas. Rafiq, it appears, has rejected these ideas, but how does he explain the plot details found on his computer? Told simply, impartially, and with great understanding and empathy, this very Canadian novel describes the trauma of a family unable to understand their child’s mind as they anxiously await his fate.