Hey, Have You Heard the WORD ON THE STREET, Toronto? 09.07.2012

Hey, Have You Heard the WORD ON THE STREET, Toronto?


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s that time of year again for book lovers everywhere! It’s THE WORD ON THE STREET Book and Magazine Festival Event that takes place in Vancouver, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Toronto, and Halifax!


And Toronto will be hosting its event on:

September 23, 2012

at Queen Park’s Circle

from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


And there are going to be hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops, and of course, the beloved marketplace where we can all browse the best showcase of Canadian books and magazines!

Now, if you’re like me, you might already anticipate doing one or more of the following things:

  1. Faint at the thought of all those beautiful books.
  2. Jump up and down from pure giddiness due to the literary buzz.
  3. Recruit your friends to attend so you have someone to help you carry your book purchases.
  4. Print the directions, the street map, and plan out your personal itinerary for the author events.
  5. Plan your wardrobe in advance, packing your camera, notebook, extra pens, and touch-up lipstick for those special author sightings.
  6. And sing and dance out of sheer joy from book love!


Here are some highlight events that I know I’ll personally be visiting:


The Scotia Giller Prize Bestsellers Stage – featuring the biggest names in Canadian literature

Remarkable Reads Tent – Random House and McClelland & Stewart will present favourite Canadian authors.

Penguin Pavilion – Penguin Books of Canada will feature Penguin authors.

Toronto Book Awards Tent – Nominees for the Toronto Book Awards read from their nominated works.


And here are some of the authors I personally look forward to seeing:

Wayson Choy. (c) ABC Local

Wayson Choy: Scribendi.com Wordshop Marquee at 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM


Katrina Onstad: The Remarkable Reads Tent at 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM


David Bergen. (c) HarperCollins Publishing.

David Bergen:  Scotiabank Giller Prize Bestsellers Stage at 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM


John Ralston Saul. (c) AGO.net

John Ralston Saul: the Scotiabank Giller Prize Bestsellers Stage at 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM


Christine Putney. (c) Word on the Street.

 Christine Pountney: Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent at 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM


Steven Heighton

Steven Heighton:  Great Books Marquee at 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM


Vincent Lam

Vincent Lam: The Remarkable Reads Tent at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Susan Swan

Susan Swan:  the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent at 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM


For more details about The Word on the Street, click on the button at the top of this post!

Hope I run into you on September 23 in Toronto. (I’ll have a wide smile on my face, a camera around my neck, and books in my arms!)


Have you ever attended The Word on the Street Festival in your city?

What are you looking forward to the most for this year’s WOTS event?

Which authors are you looking forward to meeting?




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