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Welcome to the Team, Maya

May 15, 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce the inclusion of the newest member to The Word On The Street family, Maya Baumann! Maya is our wonderful new Programming Assistant and will be with us for a few months to help keep all the best parts of the festival running smoothly.

We took some time to talk with her this week regarding the deepest and darkest questions in life like “In a second life, what type of edible crop would you be?” and “Do you judge a book by its cover?” FYI: these questions were asked during her interview and clinched her getting the position.


What part of reading brings you the most joy?

Losing myself completely to the world inside the book — if I have missed 3 stops on the TTC, or look up to find you five minutes into a conversation with me and I have heard nothing, I am not going to fret or apologize because I was busy having adventures elsewhere.  


What books are you reading now?

I just finished The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz, and am currently strolling through Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.


Have you ever fallen in love with a character from a book?

No, but they have always been the best of friends.


What does your reading space look like?

I have just moved, so it’s still formulating – but it’s a Victorian love seat my mother gifted me, framed by my bookcases, and near a large window.


Do you judge a book by its cover (don’t worry, we won’t judge you)?

I do! I think the quality of the design of a cover says a LOT about the contents of the book.


If you could chat with any writer, living or dead, whether they speak English or not, what would be your first question for them?

A chat with Rudyard Kipling about British colonialism in India would be fascinating. I’m not sure what my first question would be, probably along the lines of wanting to know where his opinions on identity and citizenship fall.


If you could commission a sequel to any book you wanted, which one would it be? And, if you’re brave enough, what would you want it to be called?

Radiance by Catherine M. Valente is a very niche sci-fi book that deserves a sibling. It has been described as a “DECOPUNK PULP Sci-Fi ALT-HISTORY SPACE OPERA MYSTERY” and involves multi-dimensional space whales, and many poetic monologues. The sequel would really be a prequel, and would be called Descent.


If you could come back in another life as an edible crop, what you want to be? And what dish would you want to be made into?

This one made me laugh out loud. I would want to be a squash because it is so versatile — savoury and sweet — and I would want to be baked with chilis and dark maple syrup.


The music stopped. She died. Explain.

The music box was a gift from a long-ago birthday. As a girl, the tinkle of Greensleeves often soothed nightmares away and comforted tears. She thought it only right for it to be here, now, to help mask the beeping and humming of the many machines at her bedside.