Explore every genre on your bookshelf in this behind-the-scenes deep dive featuring interviews with authors, booksellers, and publishing insiders!

Host Rebecca Diem examines what exactly genre is and how it is used to help readers find their perfect match, in bookstores and online.

Season 2 guests include booktuber Ariel Bissett, literary agent Carly Watters, editor Anita Chong, authors Amy Stuart, Uzma Jalaluddin, Naben Ruthnum, Helen Knott, John Brady McDonald, and Amal El-Mohtar, and booksellers from Toronto’s favourite independent bookshops!

Season 2 coming July 5, with new episodes airing every other Wednesday all summer long!

SEASON 1 (2022)

A history of CanLit in podcast form, as told by Toronto’s favourite book festival.

Since 1990, The Word On The Street has featured books by Canadian and Indigenous authors at a free, annual street fair created to promote literacy and celebrate the written word. 

In this five-episode miniseries, Rebecca Diem interviews authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, readers, & historians to discover the origins of the festival, the creation of a Canadian Literature, and how the story we tell ourselves about ourselves continues to evolve.

Presented by The Word On The Street & CJRU 1280 AM, with support from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

Host/Co-Creator Rebecca Diem

Producer/Co-Creator Quinton Bradshaw

Composer James Ellercamp

Designer & Production Assistant Haley Richardson

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