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Festival Fun For Families

September 11, 2012

If you are looking for family-friendly fun this fall, be sure to check out The Word On The Street Festival on Sunday, September 30. There are plenty of wonderful events and activities the whole family will enjoy! From author readings and live entertainment to scavenger hunt madness and crafting, you and your little ones are sure to have a blast.

As always, you will find plenty of outstanding children’s authors and illustrators reading from their latest books in the Kids Tent on Hamilton Street. The youngest of your youngsters will enjoy the illustrations of Julie Morstad and Raphaëlle Albert and the poetry of Robert Heidbreder, while your older ones discover what they want to be with Lauren Howell and travel to Kenya with Lois Peterson. There are also plenty of young adult authors your teens and tweens will love. Authors such as Kit Pearson and Susin Nielsen will be in the Kids Tent, but you will also find a number of YA authors in the Authors Tent from 2:00 to 3:15, including Hiromi Goto, John Wilson, and Glen Huser. Be sure to check out our website or the full festival program for a complete listing of children’s and YA authors appearing at this year’s festival.

In addition to the fabulous entertainment you will find on the Mainstage, there will also be performances perfect for families on the Family Stage on CBC Plaza. Join Max Tell and Anna Banana Boots for Monkey Mumbo Jumbo, get hands on with mad scientists Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone while learning about Hockey Science, and be inspired by Dixie Star Storytelling.

The Kids Only Scavenger Hunt returns this year, so be sure to get in on the fun! For only $1, purchase a Scavenger Hunt Card, follow the clues, and win a prize!

Looking to get creative? Visit the Family Literacy Tent for fun, interactive family activities all day! You’ll have the chance to make a collage button with Laura Bucci using paper from magazines and books. Combine images with text to create your own unique button you can take home! You can also join Studiostone for an interactive demonstration and try your hand at soapstone carving.

You will also find many family-related exhibitors in the Marketplace, including children’s publishers, independent authors, and literacy organizations. Many of these exhibitors are also participating in the Book Bag Treasure Hunt, so be sure to stop by their booths and say hi!

Visit our website for full details on all the family fun to be found at this year’s The Word On The Street Festival!


On Thursday, September 15, Historic Joy Kogawa House will welcome Toronto author Susan Crean as 2011 writer-in-residence.

September 15, 2011

Historic Joy Kogawa House announces 2011 Writing for Social Change readings series

On Thursday, September 15, Historic Joy Kogawa House will welcome Toronto author Susan Crean as 2011 writer-in-residence. (As part of The Word On The Street Vancouver, meet Susan Friday night, September 23, at Historic Joy Kogawa House. And make a collage button with Laura Bucci at the same time!)

Susan Crean is a lifelong non-fiction author and journalist who will live at Historic Joy Kogawa House while working on a major new book of literary non-fiction that combines memoir, history, and social comment to tell the story, in part, of head-tax payer, Wong Dong Wong, who came to Canada in 1911. Crean will live and work at the house for three months while creating this new work. During this period, she will offer local writers and readers a number of opportunities to meet with her as an author in one-on-one consultations.

Crean will also engage in a series of conversations during her residency with writers who use their work as a means of social change. Writers in this series include the following:

– poet Evelyn Lau, in conversation Sunday, October 2

– journalist Eric Enno Tamm, Sunday, October 16

– playwright Tara Beagan, Sunday, October 30

– essayist Betsy Warland, Sunday, November 5

– writer Wayde Compton, Sunday, November 27

– artist Shirley Bear, Sunday, December 4

Crean will also lead writing workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 19, and she will participate in a craft sale and open house event with other local writers from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.

Crean is an accomplished teacher and editor and her ability to work with other writers distinguished her application from others received in a cross-Canada call for proposals. Among the applicants received, Susan Crean was judged the most skilled writer and the applicant with the most clarity around the public programs to be presented. Crean lives in Toronto, Ontario, but will live and work at Historic Joy Kogawa House throughout her residency, from September 15 to December 15, 2011.

To make an appointment for consultation with Susan Crean, and for further information, please visit or call (604) 263-6586.