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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has presented thousands of Canadian authors for readers of all ages and literary appetites. This year's schedule includes over 200 presenters on 14 stages.
Join Alicia Elliott and Kai Cheng Thom in conversation about navigating a world wroght with injustices, from the past to the present, personal to political.
A bold and profound work by Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a personal and critical meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America. (Doubleday Canada)
Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many others. She’s had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, is a national bestseller.
I Hope We Choose Love is a hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems that grow out of activist and community heartbreak. With her characteristic eloquence and honesty, Thom critiques essentialist identity politics, the concept of “safety,” virtue signaling (or “activist theatre”), celebrity culture, and mob mentalities. She unpacks cancel culture, #MeToo and consent, the ways we enable each other to harm, how to heal through boundary setting, and how we talk about suicide (and our responsibility to each other to create a world we can bear to live in). Thom’s work urges us towards revolutionary love. (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Kai Cheng Thom is the author of four books: I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes From the End of the World, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, a place called No Homeland, and From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea.