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Festival Weekend

Join us on September 26 & 27 for three simultaneous live streams for readers of all ages and appetites – check them out below!


Registration is FREE, as always (but we also appreciate donations if you can easily afford it. You can choose to donate with your ticket, or support the festival with a donation of any amount at Canada Helps).

How to WOTS

Learn how to get involved and engage in WOTS2020. This is a beginner’s guide to all of the elements of our virtual festival this year!


Festival Schedule

Books & Discovery

This stream is home to our classic Word On The Street programming such as author readings and interviews with many of the best 2020 releases! Debuts, bestsellers, and everyone in between.        


Live captioning is available for this programming stream

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

26sep11:00 am11:45 amVirtual EventGrand Dames of Crime FictionAnn Lambert, C.S. O’Cinneide, Gail Bowen, Moderator: Deb Dundas11:00 am – 11:45 am EST

26sep12:00 pm12:45 pmVirtual EventThe Complex HeartCordelia Strube, Dolly Dennis, Moderator: Deb Dundas12:00 pm – 12:45 pm EST

26sep1:00 pm1:30 pmVirtual EventLove YourselfKelli Korducki, Michelle Parise1:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST

26sep1:30 pm1:35 pmVirtual EventNervesLena Suksi1:30 pm – 1:35 pm EST

26sep1:30 pm2:00 pmVirtual EventThe Modern YouthTerese Mason Pierre, Marlowe Granados1:30 pm – 2:00 pm EST

26sep2:00 pm2:30 pmVirtual EventSevenFarzana Doctor, Moderator: Lue Boileau2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

26sep2:40 pm2:45 pmVirtual EventOO: Typewriter PoemsDani Spinosa2:40 pm – 2:45 pm EST

26sep2:45 pm3:15 pmVirtual EventClarity in Personal NarrativeLamees Al Ethari, Madhur Anand, Moderator: Roland Gulliver2:45 pm – 3:15 pm EST

26sep3:15 pm3:20 pmVirtual EventRushes from the River DisappointmentStephanie Roberts3:15 pm – 3:20 pm EST

26sep3:30 pm4:00 pmVirtual EventDirty BirdsTerry Fallis, Morgan Murray3:30 pm – 4:00 pm EST

26sep4:15 pm5:00 pmVirtual EventDebut PoetsDominik Parisien, jaye simpson, Lily Wang, Moderator: Rasiqra Revulva4:15 pm – 5:00 pm EST

26sep5:10 pm5:55 pmVirtual EventLand Unceded, Reparations NeededHarold R. Johnson, Margery Fee, Val Napoleon, Moderator: Pamela Palmater5:10 pm – 5:55 pm EST

26sep6:00 pm6:45 pmVirtual EventThe DyzgraphxstKhashayar Mohammadi, Canisia Lubrin6:00 pm – 6:45 pm EST

26sep6:45 pm6:50 pmVirtual Eventmaybe, basicallyTracy Wai de Boer6:45 pm – 6:50 pm EST

26sep7:00 pm7:45 pmVirtual EventCrosshairsSamia Madwar, Catherine Hernandez7:00 pm – 7:45 pm EST

26sep8:00 pm8:45 pmFeaturedVirtual EventMissing From The VillageJustin Ling, Moderator: Steven Beattie8:00 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

27sep11:00 am11:45 pmVirtual EventPoets on the Tangibility of LivingSachiko Murakami, A.F. Moritz, Randy Lundy, Moderator: Kirby11:00 am – 11:45 pm EST

27sep11:45 am11:50 amVirtual Eventbrethbill bissett11:45 am – 11:50 am EST

27sep12:00 pm12:45 pmVirtual EventCelebrating our DifferencesAmanda Leduc, Sarah Kurchak, Moderator: syrus marcus ware12:00 pm – 12:45 pm EST

27sep12:45 pm12:50 pmVirtual EventBurning Sugar Cicely Belle Blain12:45 pm – 12:50 pm EST

27sep12:55 pm1:25 pmVirtual EventIntimate Poetry with Bahar OrangAmal El-Mohtar, Bahar Orang12:55 pm – 1:25 pm EST

27sep1:25 pm1:30 pmVirtual EventDouble Self-PortraitJames Lindsay1:25 pm – 1:30 pm EST

27sep1:30 pm2:00 pmVirtual EventOn NostalgiaVish Khanna, David Berry1:30 pm – 2:00 pm EST

27sep2:00 pm2:45 pmVirtual EventMystery in TranslationAndrée A. Michaud, Martin Michaud2:00 pm – 2:45 pm EST

27sep2:45 pm3:30 pmVirtual EventThe Truth About PandemicsBrodie Ramin, David Waltner-Toews, Ross Pennie, Moderator: Nora Loreto2:45 pm – 3:30 pm EST

27sep3:45 pm4:15 pmVirtual EventThe Role I PlayedSean Fitz-Gerald, Sami Jo Small3:45 pm – 4:15 pm EST

27sep4:30 pm5:00 pmVirtual EventPetra with Shaena LambertShaena Lambert, Moderator: Sue Carter4:30 pm – 5:00 pm EST

27sep5:00 pm5:30 pmVirtual EventSlow Down, Please with Tara Henley and Cait FlandersTara Henley, Cait Flanders, Moderator: Sue Carter5:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST

27sep5:35 pm5:40 pmVirtual EventDept. of Continuous ImprovementBen Robinson5:35 pm – 5:40 pm EST

27sep5:45 pm6:30 pmVirtual EventAngry Queer Somali BoyMohamed Abdulkarim Ali, Moderator: Yasmin Emery5:45 pm – 6:30 pm EST

27sep6:35 pm7:15 pmVirtual EventThe EndDakshana Bascaramurty, John Gould, Liz Levine, Moderator: Rachel Matlow6:35 pm – 7:15 pm EST

27sep7:15 pm7:45 pmVirtual EventTHE AFTERLIFE: WOTS Staff Tell All7:15 pm – 7:45 pm EST

Ideas & Imagination

This stream is designed to set your imagination into overdrive – each morning there will be panels of sci-fi and fantasy authors, and each afternoon  presenters will dive deep into a range of issues and ideas!


Live captioning is available for this programming stream

26sep10:00 am10:45 amVirtual EventThe Future is Now!Karoline Georges, SD Chrostowska, Nina Laurin, Moderator: GMB Chomichuk10:00 am – 10:45 am EST

26sep10:45 am10:50 amVirtual EventShared UniversePaul Vermeersch10:45 am – 10:50 am EST

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

26sep12:00 pm12:05 pmVirtual EventPluviophileYusuf Saadi12:00 pm – 12:05 pm EST

26sep1:30 pm2:30 pmVirtual EventWriting Healthcare: Impressions from a PandemicTORONTO BOOK AWARDS1:30 pm – 2:30 pm EST

26sep2:45 pm3:45 pmVirtual EventThe Song Of Love Joyous Or SorrowfulBeatriz Hausner, Joe Fiorito, Natasha Ramoutar, Moderator: A.F. Moritz2:45 pm – 3:45 pm EST

26sep4:00 pm4:45 pmVirtual EventDiaspora Dialogues: In Conversation with Faye Guenther and Souvankham ThammavongsaFaye Guenther, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Moderator: Ryan B. Patrick4:00 pm – 4:45 pm EST

26sep5:00 pm5:45 pmVirtual EventDiaspora Dialogues: In Conversation with Sheung-KingSheung-King5:00 pm – 5:45 pm EST

26sep6:00 pm6:55 pmVirtual EventThe City Imagines: Root CausesKAREN K. LEE, JOSHNA MAHARAJ, DAVID MILLER, CHERYLL CASE6:00 pm – 6:55 pm EST

27sep10:00 am10:45 amVirtual EventNarrative GeographicA.J. Vrana, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Tanaz Bhathena, Moderator: Kerry Seljak-Byrne10:00 am – 10:45 am EST

27sep11:15 am12:00 pmVirtual EventWhen The Author is CharacterJo Walton, Randal Graham, Moderator: Avi Silver11:15 am – 12:00 pm 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

27sep1:30 pm2:15 pmVirtual EventGrey AreasSean Michaels, Natalie Zina Walschots, Moderator: Derek Künsken1:30 pm – 2:15 pm EST

27sep2:30 pm3:15 pmVirtual EventHow to Apply the Fact-Checking MindsetNicole Schmidt, Viviane Fairbank, Hamutal Dotan2:30 pm – 3:15 pm EST

27sep3:30 pm4:15 pmVirtual EventThe Future of Media and The Public InterestDavid McKie, Kasia Mychajlowycz, Anya-Milana Sulaver, Moderator: Hamutal Dotan3:30 pm – 4:15 pm EST

27sep4:30 pm5:15 pmVirtual EventHow to Build a Writing Community through PodcastingJoni Di Placido, Stephanie McGrath4:30 pm – 5:15 pm EST

Kids & Teens

This stream will feature picture books, novels, and graphic novels for readers of all age-groups, as well as the First Nation Communities READ award ceremony!


Live captioning is available for this programming stream

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

26sep10:20 am10:40 amVirtual EventMaggie’s TreasureJon-Erik Lappano10:20 am – 10:40 am EST

26sep10:40 am11:00 amSalma the Syrian ChefDanny Ramadan10:40 am – 11:00 am EST

26sep11:00 am11:20 amVirtual EventA Likkle Miss LouNadia L. Hohn11:00 am – 11:20 am EST

26sep12:00 pm12:30 pmVirtual EventOntario Science Centre presents: Note-able Nature12:00 pm – 12:30 pm EST

26sep12:30 pm1:00 pmVirtual EventA Forest in the CityAndrea Curtis, Moderator: Angela Misri12:30 pm – 1:00 pm EST

26sep1:00 pm1:30 pmVirtual EventThe Case of the Missing AuntieMichael Hutchinson, Moderator: Angela Misri1:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST

26sep1:30 pm2:15 pmVirtual EventPlanet HockeyJ. Torres, Tim Levins, Moderator: Angela Misri1:30 pm – 2:15 pm EST

26sep2:30 pm3:00 pmVirtual EventThe Year Shakespeare Ruined My LifeDani Jansen, Moderator: Angela Misri2:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST

26sep3:00 pm3:30 pmVirtual EventUnder Shifting StarsAlexandra Latos, Moderator: Angela Misri3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

27sep10:00 am10:20 amVirtual EventMeet Terry FoxElizabeth MacLeod, Jeff Szpirglas10:00 am – 10:20 am EST

27sep10:20 am10:40 amVirtual EventNuitau’s CapBob Bartel, Jeff Szpirglas10:20 am – 10:40 am EST

27sep10:40 am11:00 amFeaturedVirtual EventThe Name I Call MyselfHasan Namir, Jeff Szpirglas10:40 am – 11:00 am EST

27sep11:00 am11:20 amVirtual EventThe Little Red ShedJennifer Young, Adam Young11:00 am – 11:20 am EST

27sep12:00 pm12:30 pmVirtual EventOntario Science Centre presents: Stories in the Sky12:00 pm – 12:30 pm EST

27sep12:30 pm1:00 pmVirtual EventMontague Twins: The Witch’s HandNathan Page, Drew Shannon12:30 pm – 1:00 pm EST

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

27sep2:00 pmVirtual EventFirst Nation Communities READ Ceremony2:00 pm EST


Master the craft of poetry or feed your inner restaurant critic. Write and draw a short comic or learn to make your own art book.

26sep11:00 am12:30 pmPoetry & Play: A Playful Composition Workshop with Greg SantosGreg Santos11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

26sep1:30 pm3:00 pmWrite With Your Mouth Full: The Art of Food WritingChris Nuttall-Smith1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST

27sep11:00 am12:30 pmComic Speedrun with Jade ArmstrongJade Armstrong11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

27sep1:30 pm3:00 pmCreative Art Books with Shari KasmanShari Kasman1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST