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Check Out The Word Under The Street!

September 13, 2012

In addition to all the fantastic programming taking place around Library Square on Sunday, September 30, be sure to check out The Word Under The Street, located inside the library and down the stairs. You’ll discover interesting visual displays in the moat, exciting exhibitors and workshops in the Alice MacKay Room, author presentations in Word Talks (Alma VanDusen Room), and panels in Writing Talks (Peter Kaye Room).

As you enter The Word Under The Street, you will be greeted by some outstanding visual displays. Ricepaper magazine presents “Real Live Love Letters,” which is a display of actual love letters. If you feel inspired to write your own, you can join the Love Letter workshop with Ricepaper‘s Ray Hsu at 11:00 in Writing Talks. Also on display will be images from the Sad Mag Sea Legs pinhole photography workshop conducted with queer youth in partnership with QMunity. If you want to try your hand at making your own pinhole camera, you will find camera-building stations in the Magazine Life Tent during Sad Mag‘s presentation from 2:00 to 3:00.

The Alice MacKay Room plays host to a variety of exhibitors including independent comic book artists, illustrators, publishers, and more. You can also check out the Carnegie Centre Chapbook Exhibition and Sale, where chapbooks created at the Carnegie Centre workshop on Saturday, September 29, will be on display and up for sale. In addition to browsing all the fabulous booths, you will also have the chance to take a workshop with established comic book artists:

11:00-12:00 – “DIY Comic Workshop” with Gord Hill
1:00-2:00 – “Cartooning Workshop” with Robin Thompson (ages 11-16)
3:00-4:00 – “Creating a Silent Comic” with Peter Bagge

Author presentations, panels, and workshops will take place in Word Talks, located in the Alma VanDusen Room. Join authors Susan Safyan, Lisa Anne Smith, Sam Bradd & Robin Folvik, and Darren Fleet for presentations about their latest books; learn how to write your memoir with Naomi Beth Wakan; take in a panel regarding orality and storytelling; and join Canadian Authors Association members Patrick Taylor and Dennis E. Bolen for a reading.

Writing Talks, located in the Peter Kaye Room, will also be full of excellent workshops and panels. Learn how to write a love letter with Ricepaper‘s Ray Hsu, discover the practice of prolific poetry with Madeline Sonik, witness a panel regarding the role of villains and politics in storytelling, and listen in as the professionals discuss how ideas become non-fiction stories.

Be sure to visit our website or check out pages 56-62 of the official program guide for full details on what’s happening Under The Street!

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