The Word on the Street

The Word on the Street

September 14, 2005 10:10 ET

200,000 Visitors Expected At The 2005 The Word On The Street

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 14, 2005) - On Sunday, September 25, 2005, from 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. more than 200,000 booklovers will descend on Queen's Park and Queen's Park Crescent for the16th annual The Word On The Street. Whether you're an avid reader or just a beginner, The Word On The Street has something for everyone to enjoy. Browse the more than 250 book, magazine and literacy exhibitor booths in the festival marketplace or check-out one of the 150 featured authors, poets, storytellers, performers and industry experts featured at 13 on-site performance venues. Toronto's largest, annual outdoor book and magazine festival, The Word On The Street is your ticket to free family fun this fall.

Highlights of the 2005 festival include:

- Featured authors: Dave Bidini, The Best Game You Can Name; Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road; David Cayley, The Rivers North of the Future; Barry Dempster, The Burning Alphabet; Stephen Marche, Raymond and Hannah; Margaret MacMillan, The Women of the Raj; Andrew Pyper, The Wildfire Season; Elizabeth Ruth, Smoke; and Shyam Selvadurai, Swimming in Monsoon Sea.

- Children's authors and performers: Aubrey Davis, Bagels from Benny; Sharon Jennings, No Monsters Here; Maryann Kovalski, Omar On Board; Dennis Lee, Alligator Pie; Robert McConnell, Nobert Nipkin; Ruth Ohi, And You Can Come Too; Stand Up and Speak; Kevin Sylvester, The Sports Hall of Weird; The Funky Mamas; The Storytellers School of Toronto; and Ange Zhang, Red Land, Yellow River.

- The Aboriginal Authors Tent - New to the festival this year, The Aboriginal Authors Tent, presented by the Association for Native Development in the Performing Arts, features readings and performances by some of Canada's best aboriginal authors, poets, storytellers, and spoken word artists. Scheduled to appear: Inuit poet and spoken word artist Taqralik Partridge; Canadian humourist Thomas King, A Short History of Indians in Canada; and Menominee poet Chrystos, Fire Power and Fugitive Colours.

- The Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy's 3rd Annual Poetry Challenge. Help support Toronto's adult literacy community, memorize your favourite poem, collect pledges and then come down to the Enbridge Gas Distribution Literacy Stage to recite the poem live. For more information about this year's Poetry Challenge or to obtain pledge sheet, visit the MTML website at

- 2005 City of Toronto Book Award Nominees - Hear finalists: Constance Backhouse, The Heiress vs. The Establishment: Mrs. Campbell's Campaign for Legal Justice; Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-city Shantytown; and Russell Smith, Muriella Pent read from their nominated books in the City of Toronto Book Awards tent.

- A live performance of The Letters. BookTelevision's new reality show, The Letters comes to life on the Citytv Mainstage. Eight modern day Cyrano de Bergeracs will compete to win the affection of one special young woman. Proving once again that the pen is truly mightier than the sword. (1:30p.m. on the Citytv Mainstage)

- The Greatest Stories Never Told - The 3quel. Join Toronto Star writers and photographers as they reveal all the pleasures and pitfalls of big city journalism. From the historical to the hysterical, these are stories that you'll not soon forget! (All day long in the Toronto Star Writers Tent)

- Readings in French, Italian, Gujarati, Urdu, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. For the second year, the Multilingual Reading Tent will feature readings from Toronto's diverse, multicultural community. Noted authors include: Francophone novelist Marguerite Anderson; Italian-Canadian poet and literary translator Antonino Mazza; poet and lyricist Jose Mario Coelho; and Dr. Lien Chao, writer and founding member of Asian Heritage Month in Toronto.

- Learn to Read a Talking Book - This interactive segment hosted by the CNIB Library offers visitors a chance to narrate and record a portion of a book. (5:00p.m. in the Beyond The Borders tent)

- How To Get Published - How do you get from manuscript to published book? Does self publishing really work? How do you find an agent? Cynthia Good, former Publisher at Penguin Canada and current Program Director of Humber's Creative Book Publishing Program, will host a 30 minute discussion on the ins and outs of Canadian book publishing from how to effectively submit manuscripts to the advantages and disadvantages of literary agents. (11:15a.m. in the Beyond Borders Tent)

For more information on this year's programming schedule please visit (click on "Toronto") or pick up a copy of The Word On The Street festival guide distributed through The Toronto Star on Saturday, September 24, 2005.


The Word On The Street gratefully acknowledges the support of our Media, National and Regional Sponsors:

Media Sponsors Toronto Star, Citytv and CFRB 1010AM;

National Sponsors Department of Canadian Heritage, KUMON Learning
Centres, Transcontinental Printing and Webcom;

Regional Sponsors Canada Council for the Arts,
Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, The
Association of Native Development in the Arts,
CBC Newsworld, CBC Radio One, City of Toronto,
Enbridge Gas Distribution, TVOKids, Ontario Media
Development Corporation and Magazines Canada.

Contact Information

  • The Word On The Street
    Sarah Stewart
    (416) 504-7241