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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!
de book of Mary is Pamela Mordecai’s sixth collection of poetry. Her previous collections are Subversive Sonnets, The True Blue of Islands, Certifiable, de man: a performance poem, and Journey Poem. Insomniac Press published her book of short fiction, Pink Icing and Other Stories in 2006 to superb reviews and TAP Books published her first novel, Red Jacket, in 2015. It was shortlisted for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. Her writing for children is well known internationally. El Numero Uno, a play for young people, had its world premiere at the Theatre for Young People in 2010. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
de book of Mary is an epic poem in Jamaican Creole based on the Biblical story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The first book of a trilogy, de book of Mary covers Mary’s life from her early years, through the arrival of the Archangel Gabriel and the birth of Yeshua, to her death. A Chorus of male and female voices provides an accompanying commentary. This exciting Canadian Jamaican retelling, profound and tragic, yet told with humour and gusto, is a major event, continuing Mordecai’s project of hybridizing one of the most significant cultural-religious phenomena in world history.