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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival was one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada. Her debut novel, The Devil You Know, was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail and the National Post.
Wayne Grady is an award-winning writer and translator. His first novel, Emancipation Day, won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His second novel, Up from Freedom, has just been published.
Up From Freedom
Uzma Jallaluddin, a Markham high school teacher, writes a funny parenting column called “Samosas and Maple Syrup” for the Toronto Star. Her debut novel, Ayesha At Last, was published in June 2018 by HarperCollins.
Ayesha At Last
Kelli María Korducki is a journalist and cultural critic. Her byline has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, The New Inquiry, NPR, The Walrus, Vice, and The Hairpin. A former editor-in-chief of The Torontoist, Korducki is based in Brooklyn and Toronto.
Hard To Do: The Surprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up
Elizabeth Renzetti is a columnist for The Globe and Mail and has reported for many years from Toronto, Los Angeles, and London. She is also the bestselling author of the novel Based on a True Story, which was a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.
Joan Sangster is an award-winning historian and author. She has written numerous books and articles on the women’s movement, Canadian labour, and criminalization and the law. She lives in Peterborough and teaches at Trent University.
One Hundred Years of Struggle: The History of Women and the Vote in Canada
Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Both her art and writing explore themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. It Begins With The Body is her first book.
It Begins With The Body
Amy Stuart’s debut novel Still Mine was an instant national bestseller. Nominated for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel award, and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition. Still Water is her second novel.
Karl Subban retired in 2013 after thirty years as a teacher and administrator with the Toronto District School Board. As a public speaker, Karl gives gregarious, powerful talks in which he explores teamwork, leadership and a fresh take on what it means to succeed.
How We Did It
Sarah Tolmie is a poet and speculative fiction writer. Among her publications are two poetry collections with MQUP, The Art of Dying and Trio, which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award. She teaches British literature at the University of Waterloo, having trained as a medievalist at Toronto and Cambridge.
The Art of Dying
Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian author, speaker, and educator. Drawing on her own experiences of displacement, discrimination, and abuse, Najwa uses her words to encourage others to build a home within themselves; to live, to love, and create fearlessly.