This past Sunday I took part in Word on the Street Toronto, Canada's largest book and magazine festival. Celebrating its 25th year, Word on the Street has everything for the book lover—one-on-one interviews, panel discussions, publishers, booksellers, libraries, literacy groups and much, much more.
This was my first Word on the Street, but what a fabulous festival! Every genre and taste was represented for every age. Despite the doom-and-gloom weather forecast for severe thunderstorms, the sky cleared during the festival and Toronto residents responded, coming out in droves.
I was part of the crew coming out from the Crime Writers of Canada and helped man booth 147. Along the way I met some of our existing readers, some new readers, and had great discussions with readers and authors alike. It was a really wonderful experience being immersed in a crowd of people who were all there for one reason—a universal love of reading.
Here are a few pictures from the afternoon...
Queen's Park Circle shut down for the festival:
Rick Blechta and Terry Carroll selling books and signing at the Crime Writers of Canada booth:
Jonathan Bennett, Jeramy Dodds, and Michael Lista in the ‘New Narratives’ tent:
Gail Gallant, Lucy Leiderman, and Lesley Livingston specializing in spoken word poetry in the ‘This Is Not the Shakespeare Theater Stage’ tent:
The Toronto Public Library booth was hopping with both kids and adults:
Penguin Random House's Author Solutions was out with several of its authors doing signings:
The Kobo Writing Life booth:
Toronto Book Award finalist Anthony De Sa, talking about his novel Kicking the Sky:
The ‘Amazon.ca Bestsellers Stage’ tent, introducing Andrew Pypers' The Demonologist:
Ottawa firefighter John Kenny with his debut novel The Spark:
And what's a festival without a beer tent?
Joan O'Callaghan and I manning the Crime Writers of Canada booth, meeting new readers, talking up the CWC and signing books:
Thanks Word on the Street for a great time. Looking forward to seeing you again next year!