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The Word On The Street Shines Spotlight on Bestselling Canadian Authors with Bestsellers Stage

September 8, 2016

The Word On The Street proudly presents an exciting and stellar lineup of Canadian literary talent appearing on the Bestsellers Stage at this year’s festival. Hosted by CBC Out in the Open’s Piya Chattopadhyay and the Globe and Mail‘s Books Editor Mark Medley, this lineup of thought-provoking and inspiring works are set to thrill booklovers. The 27th edition of the festival will take place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Harbourfront Centre. Visit The Word On The Street’s website for more information.

Neil Pasricha headlines the stage with his first book since the number one international bestselling Book of Awesome series. Drawing on more than a decade of developing leaders in many of the world’s most prominent companies, Pasricha presents his Nine Secrets to Happiness in The Happiness Equation, each including specific and practical action steps that will lead to a more fulfilling life today.

New York Times and international bestselling author Linwood Barclay will take to the stage to discuss his spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls with his book Far From True. Political enthusiasts will not want to miss Steve Paikin and his highly anticipated new book, Bill Davis: Nation Builder and Not So Bland After All, focusing on one of Ontario’s most important premiers.

Younger readers will not be forgotten. Gordon Korman has written more than seventy middle-grade and teen novels – most notably the MacDonald Hall books – and will be on stage to present Masterminds: Criminal Destiny where Eli, Tori, Amber, and Malik are finally in the real world and determined to expose the leaders of their “perfect” hometown. The Word On The Street will also welcome back two-time nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing, Boundless) on stage with his newest book Every Hidden Thing. And Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist Lisa Moore will present her first book for young readers with Flannery, a spellbinding story about chasing love, fighting family, losing friends, and starting all over again.

André Alexis will return to the festival for a second year after winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015 with The Hidden Keys. Inspired by a reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, he questions what it means to be honourable, what it means to be faithful, and what it means to sin. International Goliardos Prize recipient and Canada’s foremost writer of historical fantasy Guy Gavriel Kay will present his newest book Children of Earth and Sky, where he evokes a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe.


Festival attendees also have the chance to listen to First Novel Award winner Mona Awad discuss her brilliant, hilarious, and at times shocking debut novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, Awad’s book introduces a vital new voice in fiction.

The Bestsellers Stage is a stellar venue in a constellation of extraordinary programming at this free festival. Click here for the full Bestsellers Stage programming details.

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 25, at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). Admission is free.

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