Word On The Street Festival Unfolds at Queen’s Park Sept. 25, 2011

Word On The Street Literary Festival by Drew Stewart
Word On The Street Festival, Toronto by Drew Stewart
Word On The Street Literary Festival by Drew Stewart
Word On The Street Festival, Toronto by Drew Stewart

If you love reading, you’re going to want to head down to Queen’s Park on Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Toronto’s 22nd annual Word On The Street Festival. The free outdoor festival celebrates reading and literacy and showcases new Canadian books and magazines from both large and lesser known publishers. Take the time to peruse the vendor booths in the marketplace for niche publications or listen to a number of authors and journalists speaking on the various stages set up throughout the festival. Get the latest nutritional information from presenters at the Healthy Living Stage, learn new cooking skills from authors at the Cooks ‘n’ Books Stage or take the kids to the TVO Stage to meet Polkaroo. Highlights of some of the many presentations include:

  • 11:15 a.m. – Fresh Restaurants present vegetarian and vegan recipes
  • 12:30 p.m. – Toronto Star investigative reporter Michelle Shephard shares experiences from her book, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone
  • 1 p.m. – Jeremy Freed, editor of Sharp magazine discusses How To Be a Well-Dressed Man
  • 1:30 p.m. – Gill Deacon shares information from her book, There’s Lead In Your Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them
  • 3:15 p.m. – SkyNews editor Terence Dickinson, author of Simplified Stargazing from City to Country, provides an introduction to star identification
  • 3:30 p.m. – CBC Radio’s Q host Jian Ghomeshi reviews long-listed authors for the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2011
  • 4:30 p.m. – Neil Pasricha discusses his follow-up bestseller, The Book of Even More Awesome
  • 4:30 p.m. – Citytv’s Frank Ferragine, otherwise known as Frankie Flowers discusses gardening tips from his book, Get Growing
  • 5 p.m. – Everyday Flexitarian authors Nettie Cronish and Pat Crooker discuss main dish meals that can be prepared for both vegetarian and meat eaters

Word On The Street Festival, Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent (Museum subway station)

Books at Word On The Street by Wanda Gould
Word On The Street Book Festival by Wanda Gould