The Word on the Street Toronto Exhibitor Marketplace
September 22nd 2019
10 AM – 5 PM
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto ON
Free and open to the public
We’re pleased to announce that the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) will be at Toronto’s Word on the Street Exhibitor Marketplace! We’ll be featuring brand-new titles and critically-acclaimed backlist from our members Linda Leith Publishing, Véhicule Press, Metatron, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Bunim & Bannigan, The Secret Mountain, Drawn & Quarterly, Metonymy Press, DC Books, and Renaissance Press. From bold translations of Francophone literature to award-winning LGBTQ titles to cutting-edge poetry to playful children’s books, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Plus, we’ll have authors signing books throughout the day—see below for schedule. Come say bonjour-hi!
Visit the Word on the Street Toronto website for more info, including a site map, directions, and accessibility info.
Author Signings Schedule
10 – 10:45 AM Su J. Sokol, Run J. Run. Renaissance Press
“This gripping story, written with a great deal of graphic detail, compassion, drama, and a detailed sense of place, takes us into the deepest recesses of trauma and makes us look at family and therapy in unconventional but convincing ways. It is intricately plotted and unpredictable.” H. Nigel Thomas, author of No Safeguards
10:45 – 11:30 AM Robin Richardson, Sit How You Want, Véhicule Press
Winner of the 2019 Trillium Book Award. Power and sex take centre stage in Robin Richardson’s formidable third collection, Sit How You Want. Plane crashes and automobile mishaps are the backdrop for female narrators who grapple with terror, anxiety, and powerlessness.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Keith Henderson, DC Books
Sasquatch and the Green Sash
“Henderson retells a powerful tale with dignity and grace, successfully transplanting a poem rooted in the mediaeval Arthurian past into a particularly Canadian mythos.” K. S. Whetter, Acadia University
Old World skepticism kicks at New World concerns in Acqua Sacra, Keith Henderson’s brisk novel about private deception and public corruption.
12:15 – 1 PM Susan Glickman, What We Carry, Véhicule Press
What We Carry is a profound exploration of the weight of human history at three levels: the individual, the cultural, and environmental. From her brilliant “Extinction Sonnets”—odes to various disappearing species—to a spirited examination of everyday salutations, Susan Glickman’s range astonishes: ice storms, sugar maples, early love on the Orient Express, an archaeological dig at Mycenae.
Pamela Mulloy, The Deserters, Véhicule Press
Shifting across three countries, The Deserters explores themes of trust, isolation, abandonment, and emotional disconnection in a world dramatically altered by the experience of war.
1 – 1:45 PM Wiebke von Carolsfeld, Claremont, Linda Leith Publishing
“This lovely, gripping novel, with its sense of wonder and horror about the adult world, has a Spielberg-ian quality. It is a resonant tale about a child’s loss of innocence, the terrible fracturing of a family and the purifying path to healing and reconciliation. Claremont is also an enormously impressive city-specific novel. Rarely has one funky part of Toronto been so brilliantly brought to life.” John Doyle, Globe and Mail columnist and bestselling author.
Kai Cheng Thom, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, Metonymy Press
Chosen for actress Emma Watson’s bimonthly feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf!
“…Kai Cheng is writing a creation story for transgender women. She is imagining a transgender protagonist who is richly imbued with agency, a fierce anger, and a desperate desire to bring her body into being. The world of Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is a conscious creation of wonderment with trans women as heroes and legendary beings. The real world is never far away from Kai Cheng’s reality, but she holds it back with a lightness of being and an illusionary gloss of magic.” Gwen Benaway, Plenitude
1:45 – 2:30 PM. John Delacourt, Butterfly, Linda Leith Publishing
“Is the past still past if it exists on video? In a culture obsessed with recording itself, skeletons that once disappeared into the closet can re-emerge decades later to bring anyone’s mistakes into the hard light of judgment. The wrong snippet of footage, seen by the wrong person, can come to define a life. What this means for memory and for revenge are questions the novelist John Delacourt explores in his intricate third novel, Butterfly.” J. R. McConvey, The Globe and Mail
2:30 – 3:15 PM Chester Brown, Louis Riel, Drawn & Quarterly
Critically-acclaimed graphic novel from multiple-award-winning author/illustrator.
“If you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further: Chester Brown’s Louis Riel is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good.” The Globe and Mail
“Has Canadian history ever been portrayed with more lyrical space, beauty, complexity and drama than Brown’s Riel?” The Globe and Mail
3:15 – 4 PM Kenneth Radu, Net Worth, DC Books
“All the stories are thought-provoking and reflective, each in its own way, using money as a vehicle to explore such diverse subjects as a spouse’s early death, old age, leaving an inheritance, waiting for an inheritance, divorce, and coming early into the personal independence of adulthood.” Ottawa Review of Books
4 – 4:45 PM MJ Lyons, Murder at the World’s Fair, Renaissance Press
“A nimble, inventive steampunk romp — complete with clockwork cats, daring escapes, beguiling romance and shadowy mysteries — that you’ll rip through in one sitting and beg for the next.” Matthew Bright, author of The Library of Lost Things