Word on the Street comes to Toronto this Sunday September 21st but with a schedule packed full of delightful things, how’s a Red Brick Reader to decide where to spend their time? Let us boss you around and we promise you’ll meet cool people, learn cool things about Toronto, and discover some cool reading along the way.
10:00 am Your perfect day begins with the perfect cup of coffee so pop by Bicerin Espresso Bar on Baldwin to fuel up before your big day.
11:00 – 11:30 am The festival officially kicks off. Start the day at the Toronto Book Awards tent checking out the finalist videos. This short peek at all of the authors will help you decide if there’s someone you want to come back and see later in the day.
You’ll have thirty minutes to meander through the marketplace and purchase a book or two before…
12:00 – 1:00 pm at the New Narratives tent for the Zine Race with Broken Pencil Magazine. Two teams of creators will engage the audience and race to complete a zine before your very eyes. While they’re at it, you’ll get a short history of zines in Toronto and some information on zine makers.
Now hurry over for a race of a different sort at…
1:15 – 2:00 pm in the Learning Tent, participate in the Literature for Life Poetry Race. Literature for Life is an awesome charity (I mean, most charities are awesome, but you know what I mean) that engages young moms living below the poverty line in reading. The program hopes to foster a love of reading in the home with methods and book choices that are smart and thoughtful in their consideration of program participants. In the poetry race you’ll get a bucket of words and the opportunity to make it into a poem. There are prizes!
Grab your prize (we have faith in you) and run, it’s…
2:00 – 3:00 pm in the Toronto Star tent for Hollywood and Toronto: at the Movies because if you’re anything like us you have special love for those little orange cones that signal a camera and a craft services truck are nearby.
The next thirty minutes are free time. You can saunter through the marketplace; we recommend BookThug at station 201, the Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists Guild at WB9, the Pitiful Human-Lizard at FB17 and Coach House at 146 for some unique finds. You might want to stick around the marketplace for a while, but if you’re a food nerd, you have somewhere to be.
3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Living Well @ Penguin Random House tent it’s a cooking demonstration and food sampling with the one and only Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen. If you’re there, we can talk about her incredible apricot and pistachio bar cookies.
Stomach and soul satisfied, finish the day with a rising Canadian literary superstar.
4:45 – 5:45 pm back in the New Narratives tent Sean Michaels and Clara Venice will talk about music and about the excellent Us Conductors. Be sure to congratulate Michaels as Us Conductors was recently long-listed for a Scotiabank Giller Prize.
What a day. Now haul your tote bag full of new reads back to Baldwin street for a hot bowl of spicy garlic ramen (medium, with pork belly) at Kinton and start planning your next reading adventure.