Toronto, Ontario

WOTS Festival & Marketplace - Day 1

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Harbourfront Centre | 12pm - 7pm


WOTS Festival & Marketplace - Day 2

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Harbourfront Centre | 10am - 5pm

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Schedule for Sunday, September 22 2019

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.

Imagination Architects: Building Worlds from Words

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Adventure from and through underworlds, traversing plains of destruction and hope, Fonda Lee, Sienna Tristen and Kelly Robson will discuss the fantastical, intricate worlds they’ve built and the wars that go on inside of them, both internally and externally.

Jade War

The Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis in Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City.

Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon. (Tor Forge)

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction
  • Fiction

Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Jade City and the award-winning YA science fiction novels Zeroboxer, Exo, and Cross Fire. Born and raised in Canada, Lee is a black belt martial artist, a former corporate strategist, and action movie aficionado who now lives in Portland, Oregon.

The Heretic’s Guide To Homecoming

Ashamed of his past and overwhelmed by his future, Ronoah Genoveffa Elizzi-denna Pilanovani feels too small for his name. He despairs of fulfilling his spiritual identity–until he begins a cross-continental pilgrimage with an otherworldly mentor. One part fantasy travelogue, one part emotional underworld journey, The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming is a slow-burning story about stories and the way they shape our lives.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction

Sienna Tristen

Sienna Tristen is the author of multiple-award-winning fantasy novel The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming; she is one half of The Shale Project, a multimedia storytelling initiative “roughly in the shape of a planet”, dedicated to publishing healing and innovative fiction.

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

Discover a shifting history of adventure as humanity clashes over whether to repair their ruined planet or luxuriate in a less tainted past.

In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth to reclaim humanity’s ancestral habitat. She’s spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately Minh’s kind of long-term restoration projects have stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology. (Tor Forge / Raincoast)

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction

Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson’s fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Her novella Waters of Versailles won the 2016 Aurora Award, and she has also been a finalist for the Nebula Award, World Fantasy Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, Sunburst Award, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She lives in Toronto.