Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Halifax Central Library

11am - 4pm

Read Local

What's On The Street?

The 2014 Festival Program

CLICK HERE to have a peek!


Book Club Boat Cruise
Sponsored by Murphy’s Cable Wharf and Waterfront Development

This feature is always a blast! Book Clubs get the exclusive chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors while cruising the Halifax Harbour on the Tall Ship Silva. This year's authors include Michael Winter (Minister Without Portfolio), Lesley Crewe (Chloe Sparrow), Vincent Lam (The Headmaster's Wager) and Kate Pullinger (Landing Gear). Costas Halavrezos will host the event.

To submit a book club, simply fill out this form!





Are you looking for an exciting and engaging way to contribute with the literary community? Consider volunteering with The Word on the Street! We have a variety of positions available and try to match all volunteers with activities that will be of interest to them. CLICK HERE to let us know how you can help!



About the festival: The Word on the Street is an annual one-day literary festival that takes place on the third Sunday of September in conjunction with other Word on the Street host cities. The event celebrates reading and writing, promotes Atlantic and Canadian writers, poets, books, and magazines, and raises awareness about literacy issues in Atlantic Canada.


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Drop by our Magnificant Marketplace and Family Marketplace on festival day to check out local publishers, authors, booksellers, literacy organizations and more! Over 40 exhibitors will be at the festival this year!

Family Fun

Each year the Word on the Street offers lots of activities and readings for young book worms! Our Theodore Tugboat stage will feature four children's book authors while cruising the Halifax Harbour, while Ross Creek Centre for the Arts will offer workshops related to the stories read on the boat. There's lots more fun including story time with Jill Barber in the Remarkable Reads tent, and a fantastic Family Marketplace with a wide selection of children's books!

Theodore Tugboat tickets are SOLD OUT!

The 2014 Theodore Tugboat Lineup is:


Jacqueline Halsey (11am) (FULL!)
George Elliott Clarke (12pm) (FULL!)
Jill Barber (1pm) (FULL!)
George Murray (2pm) (FULL!)


Thank you to everyone who sent in their requests. All tugboat cruises are now full.
We look forward to offering this opportunity again next year!


The Word On The Street is committed to improving the reading skills and functional literacy of Canadians. 

2014 Participants


Dartmouth Learning Network
First Book Canada
Frontier College
Halifax Community Learning Network
Halifax Public Libraries
IBBY Canada


Click here to find out more about the libraries' literacy programs, http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/services/learning/adult-literacy.html