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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!
Liane Shaw is the author of five books for teens. Her first novel, thinandbeautiful.com, was shortlisted for the Stellar Award and named on the CCBC’s list of Best Books for Kids and Teens. Her novel The Color of Silence was shortlisted for both the Stellar Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book award. Liane was an educator for more than 20 years, with much of her time spent in the field of special education. All of her novels focus on the diverse challenges facing young people. Liane lives with her family in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario.
Ryan finds his freedom in the water, where he is not bound by gravity and his wheelchair. When he rescues his schoolmate, Jack, from the water their lives become connected, whether they like it or not. Ryan keeps Jack’s secret about that day, but with Jack dogged by rumours about his sexuality at school, Ryan feels that Jack still might need help.