Cover art for the Read The North podcast, with a woodut-style image of two hands holding a book open

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.