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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!
Olive Senior is the winner of the first Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (1987) for her collection Summer Lightning. Her novel Dancing Lessons (2011) was a finalist for the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, a finalist for the 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Senior is also the author of the non-fiction book Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal (2014); the children’s books Anna Carries Water and Birthday Suit; and the collections Discerner of Hearts and Arrival of the Snake Woman.
The Pain Tree tells stories that speak to all aspects of Jamaican life. Olive Senior navigates the hills and valleys of narrative with natural ease, interweaving thick strands of emotion and insight yet never losing sight of a story’s ebb and flow. Her Pain Tree is an engaging, thought-provoking read that transports readers fully to another place where the unfamiliar and exciting clash and commingle with the universal.