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.

Pretty as a Knife

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Spanning race, class and identity, Adnan Khan and Téa Mutonji have written pieces about young characters merely existing, trying and the trouble it comes with.
Moderated by: Catherine Hernandez

There Has To Be A Knife

Omar Ali is a ticking time bomb. A phone call from his ex-girlfriend Anna’s father plunges him into darkness when he learns that she’s committed suicide. Clueless and hurting, Omar turns to violence and petty crime to cope. His nefarious activities catch the attention of the RCMP, who pressure him into becoming an informant at a mosque they suspect harbours a terrorist cell. Unravelling from insomnia, sorrow, and rage, Omar grasps at his last shred of hope, embarking on a quest to find the note he’s con­vinced Anna left for him. (Arsenal Pulp Press)

  • Fiction

Adnan Khan

Adnan Khan has written for VICE, the Globe and Mail, and Hazlitt. He has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and in 2016 won the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. There Has to Be a Knife is his first novel. He lives in Toronto.

Shut Up You’re Pretty

In Téa Mutonji’s disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator’s experience as an involuntary one. (Arsenal Pulp Press)

  • Short Stories | Nouvelles

Téa Mutonji

Téa Mutonji is an award-winning poet and writer. Born in Congo-Kinshasa, she now lives and writes in Scarborough, Ontario where she was named emerging writer of the year (2017) by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization.

Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez is a queer Filipina femme, Navajo wife, radical mother, the artistic director of b current performing arts, and an award-winning author of multiple books and plays. Her debut novel Scarborough was shortlisted for the Trillium and Toronto Book Awards. Her new children’s book I Promise (illustrated by Syrus Marcus Ware) is out from Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2019.