Three days of diverse readings, exhibits, workshops, and more!

September 9, 2011

The Word On The Street Vancouver 2011
Three days of diverse readings, exhibits, workshops, and more!

The Word On The Street Vancouver is back for its 17th year, this year with a full weekend of programming!

As always, the last Sunday of the month, September 25, will see a full day of indoor and outdoor programming at Library Square. Festival-goers will find 100+ diverse readings and acts that are all free in a lively environment that includes a marketplace with 150+ interesting book and magazine-related exhibitors.

New this year, The Word On The Street is thrilled to present free Friday evening and Saturday programming in partnership with Carnegie Centre, Banyen Books & Sound, and Historic Joy Kogawa House. More information follows.
(Full program can be found at:

Sunday September 25 – Library Square

THE AUTHORS and CANADA WRITES tents include readings by fiction, drama, and non-fiction authors such as JJ Lee (The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit), TJ Dawe (Labrador), Carmen Aguirre (Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter), Timothy Taylor (The Blue Light Project), John Vaillant (The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival), Steve Burgess (Who Killed Mom?), Jen Sookfong Lee (The Better Mother), Gurjinder Basran (Everything Was Good-bye), Georgia Nicols (You and Your Future: Your Signs, Your In-Depth Personality Patterns, Your 40-Year Horoscopes), John Furlong (Patriot Hearts), and Samuel Thomas Martin (This Ramshackle Tabernacle) who will be joining the festival direct from Newfoundland!

THE MAINSTAGE at Robson and Homer Street is festival central, the foot-stomping and arm-waving hub where host David C. Jones will introduce musical and cultural acts throughout the day: The Carnival Band, The Ukesters, The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko, Vancouver Youth Theatre, The Upbeats, and more!

In the MAGAZINE LIFE TENT, Canadian magazines show off their content via panels, demonstrations, and talks—for example, “How to Write Your Life Story” with Lester’s Army, “Stop Yanking My Chain: The Inappropriate Use of Dog Collars” with BC’s Pet Connection, and “Canzine West Preview—Indie Writers Deathmatch Live.”

For lovers of poetry, THE POETRY TENT is the place to be with a full day of readings by emerging and established talents including Kevin McNeilly (Embouchure), Sachiko Murakami (Rebuild), Rob Taylor (The Other Side of Ourselves), Aisha Sasha John (The Shining Material), Donato Mancini (Buffet World)—as well as an hour with the World Poetry Reading Series and the launch of Poetry in Transit 2011 (with a bus on site).

THE WORD UNDER THE STREET (downstairs in the library) has both a fabulous comics and zine marketplace as well as a Cartooning workshop and a full day of Comic Critiques. Next door, downstairs, are WORD TALKS and WRITING TALKS, which feature workshops and performance, e.g. “The Listener Graphic Novel—an adaptation featuring Mecca Normal,” “How to Get Published Panel,” “De-Mystifying Mystery Writing,” “History in the Taking: Adventures in Social Writing” with Elee Kraljii Gardiner & Michael Turner, and much more!

And, there’s plenty for the younger set. THE KIDS TENT has Vikki VanSickle (Love is a Four-Letter Word), Lesley McKnight (Vancouver Kids), Brenda Bradshaw & Dr. Cheryl Mutch (Good Food to Go), Gina McMurchy-Barber (Broken Bones), and more. In THE RAISE-A-READER CORNER (for ages 0-7), there’ll be storytellers and readings by Karim Alrawi (The Mouse Who Saved Egypt), Gary Kent & Kim La Fave (Fishing With Gubby), Joan Betty Stuchner (Can Hens Give Milk?), Brian Harris (Watch Me Grow: A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City), and more. On LITERACY LANE, watch for “Bookmaking for Kids,” and “Make a Collage Button with Laura Bucci.”

Plus, there’ll be a massive Marketplace with books, magazines, and other products for sale; The Sony Reader Lounge where readers can check out e-reading; readings from contributors to literary magazines at various venues; free writing consults by The Writer’s Studio; The Family Literacy Tent where useful information about families, literacy, and lifelong learning can be found; roving street performers; the 14th Annual Book Bag Treasure Hunt and the Kids and Families Scavenger Hunt; and, visual displays with a bookmark exhibit by OCW and a chapbook display, the results of a chapbook making workshop the day prior at Carnegie Centre. The Word On The Street is truly a day where there is something for everyone!

Saturday September 24 – Carnegie Centre

New this year, a full day of readings and workshops at CARNEGIE CENTRE. Take part in a chapbook making workshop, an open mic poetry night, readings by Evelyn Lau (Living Under Plastic), Richard Wagamese (One Story, One Song), poets taking part in 100,000 Poets for Change, and more.

Friday September 23 – Banyen Books & Sound, Historic Joy Kogawa House

BANYEN BOOKS & SOUND – Enjoy a talk by Carolyn Herriot, author of The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food.

HISTORIC JOY KOGAWA HOUSE – “Make a Collage Button” with Laura Bucci and meet Susan Crean—Historic Joy Kogawa House Writer-in-Residence.

FREE, accessible, and fun for all ages, Vancouver’s annual celebration of reading brings visitors face to face with our vibrant writing and publishing community. Word lovers will find author readings, writing and publishing exhibits, musical entertainment, roving performers, children’s activities, and much more—Sunday, September 25 at Library Square (Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia), a full day of readings and workshops at Carnegie Centre on Saturday September 24 (Main and Hastings), and events Friday evening at Joy Kogawa House and Banyen Books & Sound.

The Word On The Street is Canada’s favourite annual book and magazine extravaganza, taking place in Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Halifax simultaneously.

Three days | Sunday September 25, 2011 at Library Square, 11am to 5pm
Saturday September 24, 2011 at Carnegie Centre, 11am to 7pm
Friday September 23 at Joy Kogawa House, 7pm to 9pm, and
Banyen Books & Sound, 6:30 pm to 8pm
Admission: FREE!! Full details at: www.thewordonthestreet.ca/vancouver and our blog: https://wordvancouver.wordpress.com/


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