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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 is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Michelle Berry is the author of three books of short stories and four novels, including This Book Will Not Save Your Life (which won the 2010 Colophon Award and was longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award). Berry is a reviewer for The Globe and Mail, and teaches at the University of Toronto and Humber College. Born in California and raised in Victoria, BC, Berry now lives in Peterborough, ON, where she operates an independent bookstore, Hunter Street Books.
In The Prisoner and the Chaplain, one man is awaiting execution, and another man is listening to his story. As the hours drain away, the chaplain must decide if the prisoner’s story is an off-the-cuff confession or a last bid for salvation, while his own story is a last ditch plea for forgiveness told to a man who will never be able to repeat it. Each man’s past has led them to this place and only one of them will leave alive. If you had 12 hours left to live, what would you have to say?