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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.

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On September 10, 2016, during an afternoon of readings and discussions, book lovers had the opportunity to enjoy a selection of this year’s top-billed authors in an intimate setting. Look below to see who was featured at our special preview event in Kitchener.




Kitchener Public Library, Central Branch
85 Queen St. North, Kitchener ON



Saturday, September 10, 2016
1pm – 5:30pm


1:00pm – Event begins

1:30 – 2:00 – Talk by Guy Gavriel Kay (Children of Earth and Sky)

2:00 – 3:00 – Mysteries – reading and panel discussion – Amy Stuart (Still Mine), Ian Hamilton (The Princeling of Nanjing)

3:00 – 3:30 – Break / Book Signing

3:30 – 4:30 – Memoirs / Nonfiction– Teva Harrison (In-Between Days), Kamal Al-Solaylee (Brown)

4:30 – 5:30 – Book Signing


The information below is for the Kitchener Preview Event. To learn when these authors appeared at Toronto’s main festival, click on the author’s name. 

Participating Authors:

Guy Gavriel Kay, author of Children of Earth and Sky

Event Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The international bestselling author of twelve previous novels and a book of poetry. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in literature of the fantastic and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. In 2014 he was named to the order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine

Event Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (with Ian Hamilton)

The winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers, and was a finalist for the 2012 Vanderbilt/Exile Award. Her debut novel quickly reached the bestsellers charts.

Ian Hamilton, author of The Princeling of Nanjing

Event Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (with Amy Stuart)

The creator of the wildly popular and bestselling Ava Lee novels. The first book in his series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, an Top 100 Book of the Year, an Top 100 Editors’ Pick, a Toronto Star Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year, and a Quill & Quire Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year. His Ava Lee novels have also won the Barry Award for Best Original Trade Paperback and been listed for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery.

Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days

Event Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (with Kamal Al-Solaylee)

A writer and graphic artist. Her graphic series on living with cancer was published in The Walrus, and she has commented on CBC Radio and in the Globe and Mail about her experience. Numerous health organizations have invited her to speak publicly on behalf of the metastatic cancer community.

Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Brown

Event Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (with Teva Harrison)

An associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, and was previously a distinguished writer at The Globe and Mail. Al-Solaylee also worked at Report on Business, and has written features and reviews for the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, and many others. His bestselling memoir Intolerable was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust

Nonfiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and Canada Reads, and won the Toronto Book Award.

Attendees will be able to purchase these and other titles from Words Worth Books, who will be on site all day.


Media Contact:
Melissa Shirley