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Celebrating the 2020 Trillium Book Award

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An evening celebrating the English language Trillium Book Award for fiction featuring finalists Zalika Reid-Benta (Frying Plantain), Seth (Clyde Fans: A Picture Novel), Martha Baillie (Sister Language), and winner Téa Mutonji (Shut Up You’re Pretty) hosted by Ali Hassan. Tuesday September 22nd @ 7:00 pm ET Presented in partnership with The Word on the Street Toronto with support from Ontario Creates

1. Selling Your Story: Agent’s Pitch Assessment *REGISTRATION FULL*

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Hoping to land an agent for your brilliant work-in-progress or finished manuscript? Book your 10-minute time slot now for a chance to pitch your pet project to agent Stephanie Winter, of P.S. Literary Agency. The agency represents a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling, and debut creators. Their client list ranges from literary and […]

2. An Evening with Helen Humphreys

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Award-winning writer and former poet laureate of Kingston, Helen Humphreys brings us her newest grand and beautiful experiment in fiction: Rabbit Foot Bill. Set in a small prairie town, and based on a real-life story, it explores the ways people seek inner peace when their world has been upended. With an abiding love for, and […]

3. Our Canadian Values: Can They Heal the World?

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John Stackhouse, author, journalist, and senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Policy, argues that Canada’s voice is in danger of being lost in the noise as larger powers and rapidly developing nations vociferously claim their place as international influencers. After Canada’s failure to gain a seat at the United Nations Security […]

4. Elevator Pitch: “Mega Drop” Fiction

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With his signature tantalizing plot and gut-churning tension, Linwood Barclay offers Elevator Pitch, a best-selling novel that provides the thrill of a big drop fairground ride. A Manhattan office tower elevator falls from the top floor to the bottom, killing all its occupants. Next thing you know, another falls the next day, and then another. […]

5. Graphic Description: Memoir of a Moonie

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As a young woman at a crossroads, Marianne Boucher was introduced to a group of simple, kind, and loving people. She felt connected right away. However, using subtle brainwashing techniques, these recruiters indoctrinated her into the cult of a frightening spiritual abuser. In searing graphic novel form, Marianne, now a courtroom sketch artist, shares the […]

Guest Storytime – Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe

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Join author and illustrator Matthew Forsythe for afternoon storytime, hosted by Kingston Frontenac Public Library. From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes a picture book about a magical drum, an emerald forest, and the little frog who dares to make her own music. The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving […]

6. #MeToo: Reclaiming Women’s Power By Outing Rape Culture

Zoom Webinar

In her review of Robyn Doolittle’s powerful book, Had It Coming, author Erin Wunker writes, “Now, after the watershed of #MeToo, where do we go and how might we get there?” Sexual harassment and rape culture are the realities that women face daily, and Robyn and fiction writer Danielle Younge-Ullman piece apart from the complex […]

7. Thriller Writing: Finding the Perfect Hook

Zoom Webinar

Have you ever purchased a book on the strength of the first sentence or paragraph? That’s the power of a hook. With the right statement or question, you can create a hook that readers can’t ignore. Master of the hook, Linwood Barclay talks about how to go about generating immediate curiosity and a desire in […]

8. Reaching for Hope: Transformation of a World in Peril

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Can humanity pull itself back from the abyss of extinction? In Commanding Hope, Thomas Homer-Dixon, analytical philosopher and author of bestsellers The Ingenuity Gap, and The Upside of Down, offers a compelling corrective to a prevailing pessimism that it’s too late to stave off climate catastrophe and that it’s hopeless to attempt change in time […]

9. Writing Outside the Box

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Molson Award-winning experimental fiction writer Diane Schoemperlen shares her “box of tricks”, offering techniques for opening yourself to experimentation with literary form by using the page in unique ways, re-imagining the arrangement of text on the page, or incorporating visual elements. For the non-adventurous or stuck writer, or one who feels creativity welling but isn’t […]

10. Writing the Real

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Award-winning author Joan Thomas investigates the literary sweet spot where imagination and actuality meet and cross-pollinate. As a class, you will look at the approaches of various novelists who treat real characters and events in forceful and contemporary ways. Joan talks about the research and writing processes she has developed when writing fiction explicitly rooted […]

11. Poetry for Where We Find Ourselves

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“What a place we find ourselves in now. What a mad and dangerous universe of possibility.” (Matt Suddain, The Theatre of the Gods) Poets Canisia Lubrin and Sadiqa de Meijer open up the universe of possibility in their poetry. Canisia interrogates selfhood against the contemporary backdrop of toxic nationalism and climate disaster; and Sadiqa writes about […]

12. Diner Cuisine: Tradition and Taste from the Catskills

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Diner food is comfort food, and the Phoenicia Diner celebrates the regional produce and food traditions of the idyllic Catskills mountains region. American author Sara Franklin has made a study of the relationship of food and agriculture to identification with place through the lenses of local food traditions and generational memory. Joined by Kingston food […]

13. RDL: Black Lives Matter

Zoom Webinar

Black Lives Matter is currently at the forefront of the news cycle, with worldwide protests and shocking stories revealed almost daily of incidents of systemic racism. In recounting a year of personal experience of racism, Black anti-racism activist and author Desmond Cole offers his experience as a lens through which we can see ourselves clearly. […]

14. The Importance of Oral Histories in Reframing History

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How does oral history align with, or contradict, received history? Join oral history scholar Sara Franklin as she talks with Kingston writer Laura Murray about how oral history might serve as a useful tool in the current reassessment of what’s important to remember and celebrate. How does it contribute to revealing what has been buried, […]

15. Oral Storytelling 101

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For anyone wishing to capture stories of elderly family members or special groups in the community, this is the perfect starter course. Oral historian Sara Franklin walks participants through the practice of collecting oral histories through interviews. Beginning with a brief overview of oral history theory and ethics, Sara invites you to engage several exercises: […]

Grand Dames of Crime Fiction

The Word On The Street YouTube Channel

Move over Nancy Drew – mavens of mystery C.S. O’Cinneide, Gail Bowen, and Ann Lambert are writing award-winning mysteries with strong lady leads. Follow the trail along with these sleuths, from finding a body to solving the murder! Saturday September 26th @ 11:30am ET Presented in partnership with The Word On The Street Toronto.  

16. What is Certain? Historical / Speculative Fiction

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“Certainty is the catalyst that turns attitude into action, bringing beliefs to life and imbuing them with meaning and consequence,” writes Zakary Tormala in the Harvard Business Review. Praised by the Chicago Tribune as “hypnotically beautiful”, Aislinn Hunter’s novel The Certainties is also described as “elegiac and heart-pounding”, “a love letter in the guise of […]

17. Couple Cold Snap: Fiction

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Award-winning author Shani Mootoo said in a NowToronto interview: “I am interested in the fact that no matter how closely you live with someone, you can never really know what is in their mind.” In Polar Vortex, lesbian couple Priya, a Trinidadian, and Alexandra, who is white, have moved to a home in the country. […]

18. Author! Author!

Zoom Webinar

Five Christian missionaries are killed, leaving young wives and children alone in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Governor-General’s award-winning fiction author Joan Thomas asks what combination of faith, magical thinking, and naïveté inspired these real-life couples to set out on a dangerous mission to convert an Indigenous tribe. With award-winning novelist Jane Urquhart, she explores their deep-seated […]

19. The Big Idea

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Join Carol Off for a visionary exercise about what the future holds, with statistician Darrell Bricker, economist Jeff Rubin, novelist Catherine Bush, and novelist and memoirist Tessa McWatt. With unprecedented global upheaval, and huge challenges to be addressed – the ongoing health catastrophe of COVID-19, systemic and institutional racism, income instability, the rapaciousness of big […]

20. Writing the Natural World

Zoom Webinar

Novelist, poet, and non-fiction author Helen Humphreys finds the natural world close to her heart these days, but her deep love for the natural world is manifest throughout her writing. In this class, Helen shares this passion with participants, sharing strategies in an informal talk that will be punctuated with a few short readings of […]

Poets on the Tangibility of Living

The Word on the Street Youtube Channel

Join poets Sachiko Murakami (Render), A.F. Moritz (As Far As You Know), and Randy Lundy (Field Notes for the Self), as they traverse a series of befores and afters, experiencing the darknesses of life and exploring what comes after. Sunday September 27th @ 11:30am ET Presented in partnership with The Word On The Street Toronto.

21. The Opposite of Identical: Fiction

Zoom Webinar

Annabel Lyon’s mysterious and heartbreaking new novel Consent centres on two pairs of sisters, one of them twins, whose lives become tangled together by tragedy. Saskia and Jenny may look alike, but the similarity is only skin-deep. Maddie and Sasha are sisters whose difficult relationship strains the notion of familial duty. Join award-winning novelist Annabel […]

22. Working with Negative Space in Fiction *SOLD OUT*

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*THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT* Award-winning novelist and professor of creative writing at UBC, Annabel Lyon leads this class. Borrowing from other artistic genres, the class looks at how the idea of negative space applies in prose fiction. With lecture and shared discussion of a reading, Annabel explains concepts of subtext, silence, and what goes […]

23. In Praise of Paths: Finding Direction in Nature

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Perhaps you’re among the many who recently have taken to walking as means of stress relief. Norwegian author Torbjørn Ekelund understands the healing potential of walking paths and trails. With writer and dedicated walker Kate Kristiansen, Torbjørn reflects on the interdependence of paths and walkers, paths organically taking us through a natural environment to a […]

Guest Storytime – Sunny by Celia Krampien

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Join debut author and illustrator Celia Krampien for afternoon storytime, hosted by Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Sunny is an unforgettable, transcendent story about the true power of optimism. Most people would say there is nothing good about trudging to school on a rainy day. Most people would say that being carried away by the wind […]

FESTIVAL TICKET INFO + PRICES 2020

All regular onstage events for 2020 are free, although donations are gratefully accepted.

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