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Even more than books and magazines, The Word On The Street Toronto’s greatest passion is to connect with the community. Through a number of innovative programs, we are reaching out to encourage people to speak out, speak up, and support literacy. Read below for more details.
*Our 2017 Book Club is currently closed. If you’re interested in participating, please check our Book Club Registration page in the summer to join the discussion at our 2018 festival.
Last year, we overhauled The Word On The Street Book Club, making it more exciting than ever. Because of its success, in 2017 we’re adding an additional book club session so more people can participate!
By signing up for the Book Club, participants are able to enter for the chance to be among twenty lucky members to gain entry to one of three private meet-and-greet discussions (only the book club winners and the author will attend) on site at The Word On The Street, in addition to being given a complimentary copy of the featured books.
Before the festival, members and non-members were also able to take part in a short Twitter discussion with the Book Club authors. View the full conversations here:
Author: Emily Schultz
Festival Appearance: Author Cruises at 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Men Walking on Water opens on a winter's night in 1927, when a motley gang of small-time smugglers huddled on the banks of the Detroit River witness a decrepit Model T loaded with whisky break through the ice and go under--and with it, driver Alfred Moss and a bundle of money. From this defining moment, the novel weaves a startling, enthralling story with the missing man at its centre, a man who affects all the characters—a group that includes con men, murderers, thieves, priests, prostitutes, teetotalers, widowers, addicts, assassins, cops and federal agents—in different ways.
Author: Kevin Harcastle
Festival Appearance: Great Books Marquee at 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Daniel is one of the most feared cage fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, closing in on greatness until an injury ruins his career. Forced back to his rural hometown, career derailed, he slips into the criminal underworld, moonlighting as muscle for a mid-level gangster he has known since childhood. Battling a cycle of rural poverty, Daniel and his wife Sarah struggle to secure a better life for their daughter, but Daniel sparks a conflict that can only be settled in blood.
Author: Michelle Berry
Festival Appearance: Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent at 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
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?