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Celebrate Literacy this weekend at Word On The Street

Toronto's annual Word On The Street is this Sunday at Queen's Park

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: September 23rd, 2011 in Culture » Books » News

Celebrate Literacy this weekend at Word On The Street

Toronto’s annual Word On The Street Festival has finally arrived, and assuming the meteorologists get it right this time, it’s going to be a lovely day to discover new authors and embrace some favourites.

The Word On The Street Toronto is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canadian reading and writing. They spread awareness, mostly through this exciting annual festival, with the ultimate goal to make Toronto 100% literate.

If you’ve never attended before, let me give you a little bit of a breakdown. The event is held outdoors at Queens Park, and is divided into various sections including; Author Signing Tents, Sony Reader Lounge, an Exhibitor Marketplace, a World Food Market, and KidStreet.

Every year, The Word On The Street, has tons of amazing family friendly activities. Although the entire park is kid-friendly, KidStreet is a special area devoted entirely to families and has children’s programming all day in the TVO Kids Stage, the Children’s Activity Tent, and the Children’s Reading Tent.

There are some incredible Canadian children’s authors attending the festival this year including; Helaine Becker, Cary Fagan, Heather Hartt-Sussman, Mahtab Narsimhan, and Hermine Steinberg. A little birdie told me that Hermine Steinberg will have a limited edition festival package available for the release of ‘The Co-Walkers: Awakening”. It includes a special certificate anointing each child (or imaginative adult) with a unique fairy name, a beautiful fairy doll, and a vile of fairy dust to seal the deal… not to mention an autographed copy of the book! I will definitely be stopping by to meet her… and perhaps get myself renamed something fantastic like Filisynthe.

If you’re planning on heading down without the kids, there are a couple spectacular authors and storytellers hitting the stage including; Guy Vanderheghe, Sylvia Tyson, Terry Fallis, Liza Fromer & Francine Gerstein, Natasha Turner, and many more.

I hope to see you all out there. I’ll be the one wearing a huge smile and fairy dust, while simultaneously juggling a pakora and freshly-powdered funnel cake (here’s hopes).

Word On The Street is on Sunday, September 25th from 11am-6pm at Queen’s Park. Visit www.thewordonthestreet.ca for more details.

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