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The Word On The Street Toronto presents bestselling Canadian authors Patrick deWitt, Kim Echlin, Kenneth Oppel, Bob Rae, Kelley Armstrong, and more on the Bestsellers Stage

September 22, 2015

The Word On The Street announces a stellar lineup of Canadian authors appearing at the 2015 festival, with programming for all ages and interests at the festival’s new Harbourfront Centre location on Sunday, September 27th.


Hosted by CBC’s Gill Deacon and the Globe and Mail‘s Books Editor Mark Medley, the Bestsellers Stage at Harbourfront Centre Theatre will feature an incredible roster of Canadian literary talent, beloved television personalities, political insiders, and new books for children and young adults.


Patrick deWitt headlines the stage with his first novel since the critically acclaimed, Man Booker Prize-nominated bestseller The Sisters Brothers­­­. A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners, Undermajordomo Minor is a gripping and subversive tale, presented at The Word On The Street in deWitt’s first Toronto appearance in support of the book.

Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated author Kim Echlin will take to the stage to discuss how the love of music brings together two women of wildly different backgrounds in her moving and elegiac novel Under the Visible Life. Fiction lovers won’t want to miss Kelley Armstrong, with her anticipated new novel, Deceptions.

With the federal election approaching in October, be sure to see the “Canadian Politics: Insiders Debate” discussion. Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada explores What’s Happened to Politics. Hear Rae’s insights on Senate scandals, big money politics, aboriginal issues, economic concerns, threats to free speech, and other urgent topics concerning Canadians. Kevin Page, appointed in 2008 as the first Parliamentary Budget Officer, brings his shocking insider’s account of the battle for government transparency and accountability, and his concern for Canada’s democracy in Unaccountable: Truth and Lies on Parliament Hill.

The Bestseller Stage is the festival destination for expert advice. Bryan Baeumler, Gemini Award-winning host of HGTV Canada’s hit shows Disaster DIY, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and Leave It To Bryan, presents Measure Twice, a guide to common DIY fixes. Plan ahead to see Food Network’s Chef Michael Smith, as he shares Make Ahead Meals, packed with 100 time-saving recipes to take the stress out of cooking.

Families will want to head to the Bestsellers Stage to learn about the latest novel from Kenneth Oppel. The Nest is a beautiful and menacing read, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome, shares Awesome is Everywhere, a picture book he wrote to teach his son the power of attitude, awareness, and authenticity.

The Bestsellers Stage is a stellar venue in a constellation of extraordinary programming at this free festival. Click here for full Bestsellers Stage programming details. To find out more about the festival’s all-Canadian line-up of literary stars, click here.


About The Word On The Street:

Each September, in the cities of Toronto, Halifax, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Kitchener, 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 27th, at Harbourfront Centre, in association with International Festival of Authors (IFOA).

Media Contact:
Cailin Cooper


Festival Director:
Heather Kanabe

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