Festival Weekend – September 26-27

Canada’s largest book festival is going virtual!
Join us this weekend, September 26-27, for our celebration of storytelling, ideas, and imagination.
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Browse the Marketplace
Discover new books, visit your favourite presses, and download resources from art and literacy organizations—all from the comfort of your home.
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How to WOTS2020
Watch live events on YouTube and IGTV, shop our Digital Marketplace, hang out in our Discord channel… this is your how-to guide to all of the elements of our virtual festival!
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Support the Festival
We have exciting plans to champion storytelling, ideas, and imagination year-round. But we can’t do it without your support!
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Follow us on YouTube
Catch up on past events and stream our 2020 programming live on YouTube, including the City Imagines and Words Across Canada series!

Featured Events

22sep7:00 pmFeaturedCelebrating the 2020 Trillium Book Award7:00 pm EST

26sep10:00 am10:20 amFeaturedVirtual EventMy Day With Gong GongSennah Yee10:00 am – 10:20 am EST

26sep10:00 am10:45 amFeaturedVirtual EventDiaspora Dialogues: Andrew Pyper and Saleema NawazAndrew Pyper, Saleema Nawaz, Moderator: Terese Mason Pierre10:00 am – 10:45 am EST

26sep11:15 am12:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventWhen The World Stands StillWaubgeshig Rice, Kevin Chong11:15 am – 12:00 pm EST

26sep8:00 pm8:45 pmFeaturedVirtual EventMissing From The VillageJustin Ling8:00 pm – 8:45 pm EST

27sep10:00 am10:30 amFeaturedVirtual EventDiaspora Dialogues: Mother-tongue: In Conversation with Francesca Ekwuyasi and Canisia LubrinFrancesca Ekwuyasi, Canisia Lubrin, Moderator: Fiona Raye Clarke10:00 am – 10:30 am EST

27sep10:40 am11:00 amFeaturedVirtual EventThe Name I Call MyselfHasan Namir10:40 am – 11:00 am EST

27sep12:30 pm1:15 pmFeaturedVirtual EventSelf-Published Superstar StoriesNandi Taylor, E. Latimer, K.S. Villoso, Moderator: Derek Künsken12:30 pm – 1:15 pm EST

27sep1:00 pm1:45 pmFeaturedVirtual EventWhere’s The Sequel Already!?Alisha Sevigny, Kenneth Oppel1:00 pm – 1:45 pm EST

About WOTS Toronto

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and Canadian writing. Each September, we host hundreds of author readings for visitors of all ages and a vibrant marketplace featuring the best selection of books and magazines in Canada. Join us (for free!) as we share vital stories about where we live.

Support WOTS Toronto

The Word On The Street champions reading and writing in Canada all year long. Since 1990, we’ve brought hundreds of thousands of book lovers together in celebration of Canadian and Indigenous writers at our annual festival. And we have exciting plans to do more to champion storytelling, ideas, and imagination in 2021. But we can’t do it without your support.