Word on the Street -- Toronto, Kitchener, Vancouver, Halifax

Toronto's Word on the Street festival is on Sunday September 27, just one week away. It's one of my favorite book events, an outdoor festival celebrating reading across all ages and genres. There will be readings, music, food and entertainment for kids. It's an excellent place to pick up discount paperbacks, meet editors or discover hard-to-find magazines.

I usually attend the author talks on writing and publishing but there is everything from poetry readings to autographed romance novels to politically incorrect comic books. Check out the website for more info. There are too many events to attend them all so it pays to choose your favorites. Pick up a schedule at one of the information booths or look at the online guides.

For the 2oth anniversary, there will be three new venues: The Cooks ā€˜nā€™ Books Stage, Money Matters Tent and World Music Stage. There will also be Literacy Murals at the North and South ends of the park. Anyone can contribute poems, drawings and comments alongside featured mural artists. KidStreet has been relocated to Wellesley Street. Check out the KidStreet Activity Guide brought to you by Owl and ChickaDEE magazine, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Word on the Street also takes place in Vancouver, Kitchener, and Halifax. Check your local link for details.

Happy reading!

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