Word on the Street
This weekend’s Word On The Street festival features 150 authors
Richard Lautens/Torstar News Service
The Word On The Street, the largest book and magazine festival in Canada, takes over Queen’s Park this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and everyone is invited.
“We’re important because we’re free so we give access to everyone,” says Alexandra Moorshead, the festival director. “We’re very grassroots. We help launch a lot of authors.”
This is the 17th year the festival has brought booksellers, authors, children’s entertainers and publishers together to celebrate the written word.
“We made a move from Queen Street and being in the larger area has allowed us to expand,” said Moorshead. “We’re seeing a lot more diversity in the people presenting at the event.”
Separated into five areas — Magazine News, Literacy Lane, Writers Block, KidStreet and Fringe Beat — the area outside Queen’s Park will be filled with more than 250 exhibitor booths and 13 performance venues.
Readers will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with more than 150 authors, including many self-published writers who will be debuting their work, and others who will be reading from their latest books.
The festival also has a lot to offer for bargain hunters.
“We have a huge number of people selling. There are lots of deals at the event,” said Moorshead. “You’ll be able to get Harlequin books for only $1 or $2.”
People who want to become part of the publishing industry will want to take note of the many seminars and workshops led throughout the day by journalists, writers and other experts in the field.
A workshop entitled How to Get Published will be held at the Wordshop Marquee at 11 a.m. and then people can stroll over to the Canadian Magazine Tent for Tips on Starting Your Own Magazine at 12:15 p.m. — just to name a few.
The Word On The Street festival has been so successful in Toronto, drawing crowds of more than 200,000 people every year, that it has been adopted by Vancouver, Calgary, Kitchener and Halifax, with each city celebrating the festival this Sunday.
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