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August 8, 2017
New stage showcases French literature from across Canada with author discussions and workshops featuring Chrystine Brouillet, Stéphane Larue, Alex A., Marguerite Andersen, Monia Mazigh, and more
The Word On The Street Toronto, Canada’s largest free outdoor book and magazine festival, has partnered with Télévision française de l’Ontario (TFO) to introduce the TFO Franco Stage for the first time this year. The stage showcases the best in French literature from 17 authors from across the nation. The 28th edition of The Word On The Street takes place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Harbourfront Centre. Visit the festival’s website for more information.
The TFO Franco Stage will feature presentations with Franco-Canadian authors such as Monia Mazigh (Du pain et du jasmin), known publically for her efforts to free her husband Maher Arar from a Syrian prison in 2002; prolific author Michel Noël (Le Pensionnat), who has dedicated his life to promote the rich cultures of Indigenous Peoples and award-winning novelist Chrystine Brouillet (À qui la faute?), known for her Maud Graham series.
Prix littéraire des collégiens winner and Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Daniel Grenier (L’année la plus longue) will share the stage with Prix des libraires 2017 winner Stéphane Larue (Le plongeur), to discuss their award-winning debut novels in the ‘Voyager dans le temps/Past Lives’ panel discussion.
The TFO Franco Stage will also feature literacy-focused learning for the whole family. A brand new Mini TFO show will hit the stage with more fun nearby on festival grounds. A French riddle challenge from Alliance Française Toronto will be open for new or fluent French speakers of all ages and finalists will be invited on stage for an opportunity to win prizes. Actor, improviser, and screenwriter Florian François and singer-songwriter Cyril Mignot will host the popular Franc’Open Mic, a free slam poetry workshop in French followed by a special slam poetry contest on stage.
The Word On The Street celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Trillium Book Award/ Prix Trillium with recent and past award-winners including Marguerite Andersen (La mauvaise mère), Didier Leclair (Toronto, je t’aime), Michèle Matteau (Passerelles), and more.
View the full festival line-up on The Word On The Street’s website. The stage is hosted by representatives from community partners Théâtre français de Toronto, Salon du livre de Toronto, and Les Libraires. More programming details will be announced in the coming weeks. Librairie Mosaïque Bookstore is the official bookseller for the authors featured on the TFO Franco Stage.
About Groupe Média TFO
Groupe Média TFO is an essential destination for audiences seeking innovative educational and cultural content in French, at the vanguard of digital learning. TFO serves two million students and 30,000 teachers in Ontario and Canada. Groupe Média TFO has earned two YouTube Silver Play Buttons and over 350 million views for its 21-channels network. Its content has earned various awards, from Austin to Amsterdam: Kidscreen Awards, Gémeaux Awards, Cassies, IBC Awards, SXSW Film Design Awards, and many more.
About The Word On The Street
Each September, in the cities of Toronto, Halifax, Lethbridge, and Saskatoon, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors, The Word On The Street Toronto is the largest book and magazine festival in Canada. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, September 24, at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). Admission is free.
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