Sunday September 27, 2015

Harbourfront Centre

11am - 6pm

Check back soon for the 2015 Programming Schedule at Harbourfront Centre!


2014 Adult Programming

  • Bestsellers Stage

    The flagship venue at The Word On The Street, this venue features some of the biggest names in Canadian literature, all under one roof!

  • Great Books Marquee

    The place to be for the most exciting and dynamic books of the year, this venue features a variety of hot spring and fall titles including fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry.

  • Learning Tent

    A venue for literacy groups to share family-oriented programming and activities.

  • New Narratives Tent

    Features programming dedicated to the promotion of avant-garde ways of telling stories that connect with niche audiences. The sessions will include panels discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops

  • Nothing But The Truth Tent

    In this venue, see the amazing range of quality, literary non-fiction being produced in Canada.

  • Wordshop Marquee

    This venue will offer a day of writing workshops covering craft and career strategy for aspiring writers featuring the esteemed faculty of The Humber School for Writers.

  • Sculpting New Reads

    This exciting new visual arts program brings together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating, and innovating.

  • This Is Not The Shakespeare Stage

    Featuring hourly, genre-based, interactive programming sessions which showcase the great young adult books, authors and artists Canada has to offer, this venue brings a fresh, fun, and youthful perspective to the festival.

  • Toronto Book Awards Tent

    Nominees for the Toronto Book Awards read from their nominated works.  Can you predict the winner?  Also enjoy a special programming hour featuring Diaspora Dialogues authors.

  • Toronto Star Tent

    The Toronto Star offers thought-provoking presentations from some of its most popular writers.

  • Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent

    This venue celebrates the amazing fiction, non-fiction and poetry being produced by writers and publishers from our province.

2014 KidStreet Programming:

  • Children's Activity Tent

    This venue will feature creative crafts and interactive presentations inspired by new children's books, plus music and a cartooning workshop too!

  • TD Children's Literature Tent

    Come and see some of Canada's most renowned children's authors and illustrators present some of the best children's books of 2014.

  • TVOKids Stage

    Favourite personalities from TVOKids take the stage for a day of fun-filled literacy-focused entertainment including music, stories, readings and interactive sessions.



  • Diaspora Dialogues Tent

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  • EYE Weekly Music Stage

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  • Great Books Marquee

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  • Money Matters Tent

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 Wordshop Marquee


Come have a sample of informative lectures for aspiring and experienced writers, hosted by Toronto Humber School for Writers, whose alumni have gone on to publish over 950 books in the last twenty years.


Host: Antanas Sileika is the Director of the Humber School for Writers. He is a freelance writer and novelist. His most recent novel, Underground, was chosen as one of the Globe 100 and was optioned for a film.


Click on a segment below to learn more.

  • 11:00 - 11:45 AM :: HOW TO GET PUBLISHED

    It was always hard to get published, and it’s getting harder still in the brave new world of bloggers, self-publishers, e-books and dwindling sales. This session provides an expert to help pilot you through those perilous waters.

    A former president and publisher of Penguin Books, Cynthia Good has worked with Alice Munro, Timothy Findley, Stuart McLean, Peter Robinson, Guy Gavriel Kay and many others. After twenty years at Penguin, Good created The Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College.


    Do you have a fascinating true story to tell? Did you find a trove of grandmother’s letters or remember the stories told about places long ago and far away by relatives? Did you or someone you know suffer a trauma that others can learn from? What do you need to get a publisher interested in your story? Please note: this session is intended for nonfiction writers only.

    Rick Broadhead is the founder of Rick Broadhead & Associates, Literary and Media Agents specializing in non-fiction books. Books represented by the agency have been shortlisted for literary awards and translated into multiple languages, appeared on bestseller lists, and through its partnerships in Hollywood, optioned for film and television development.

    Nick Garrison is Associate Publisher at Penguin Canada, where he is responsible for the digital publishing program, as well as sports, the environment and popular science. Before joining Penguin, Nick taught in the publishing program at York University and was an editor at Random House and Doubleday Canada.

  • 1:00 - 1:45 PM :: THE HORROR, THE HORROR!

    In this talk, a popular Canadian author will let you in on the techniques he uses to plot and write bestselling, spellbinding horror.

    Andrew Pyper is the author of six novels, most recently The Demonologist, which was a #1 bestseller in Canada. His previous books include Lost Girls, The Killing Circle and The Guardians. Three of his novels are in development for feature film, including The Demonologist with producer Robert Zemeckis and Universal Pictures. • The Demonologist – Simon & Schuster Canada – $17.00 (Paperback) – Literary Horror/Adult


    Hear three experienced novelists speak about how they built and developed their latest works from the germ of an idea into a full-fledged novel.

    Joseph Kertes’ first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. His third, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His latest novel is The Afterlife of Stars. Kertes is Dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Humber College. • The Afterlife of Stars – Penguin Canada – $22.95 – Literary Fiction/Adult

    Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the author of Way Up, a short fiction collection, the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, and her latest novel, The Globe and Mail bestseller All the Broken Things. She has taught creative writing through The New York Times Knowledge Network, the University of Toronto School for Continuing Studies and the University of Guelph. • All the Broken Things – Random House Canada – $24.00 – FictionKim Moritsugu is the author of six novels to date, including Looks Perfect, nominated for the Toronto Book Award; The Glenwood Treasure, shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel award; The Restoration of Emily, serialized on CBC Radio; and the recently published The Oakdale Dinner Club. • The Oakdale Dinner Club – Dundurn – $17.99 – Fiction


    Kids and young adults gobble up the books they love much faster than adults. And some writers of this material can actually make a living at it! Find out how to do so by two highly productive writers who see spellbound rooms of children and young adults who absorb their high-energy delivery wherever they go

    Richard Scrimger writes for kids and adults and has won Canadian and US awards. His two latest books involve school bussing, poorly attached body parts, steam-punk comics, robotic lammergeyers, onion rings and a brief apocalypse. Fortunately, confusion is Richard’s natural state. • Zomboy – HarperCollinsCanada – $14.99 – Children’s Fiction

    Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is well-known for her award-winning historical fiction and non-fiction for young readers. Recent honours include the BC Red Cedar Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and the Ontario Silver Birch Award. Her latest books are Underground Soldier, and her 19th, Dance of the Banished. • Underground Soldier – Scholastic – $8.99 – Children’s Fiction • Dance of the Banished – Pajama Press – $15.95 – Children’s Fiction


    Hear three writers who have successfully published both in Canada and the USA talk about their experiences with local and foreign editors.

    Eva Stachniak moved to Canada from Poland in 1981. The Winter Palace, her first novel of Catherine the Great, has been one of the Washington Post and The Globe and Mail’s most notable novels of 2012. Empress of the Night, her second Catherine novel, is a Canadian and German bestseller. • Empress of the Night – Doubleday Canada – $24.95 (Paperback) – Literary Fiction/Adult

    Cathy Marie Buchanan’s The Painted Girls is a #1 National Bestseller, a New York Times bestseller, and was named a 2013 best book by NPR, Good Housekeeping and Goodreads. Cathy’s The Day the Falls Stood Still was also a bestseller. She holds a BSc (Biochemistry) and an MBA from Western University. • The Painted Girls – HarperCollinsCanada – $17.99 (Paperback) – Literary Fiction/Adult

    Ania Szado’s internationally acclaimed, bestselling novel Studio Saint-Ex sees Antoine de Saint-Exupéry writing The Little Prince in World War II New York. Her debut novel, Beginning of Was, was regionally shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. CBC says Ania Szado is “one of ten Canadian women you need to read.” • Studio Saint-Ex – Penguin Canada – $18.00 (Paperback) – Literary Fiction/Adult


    In this session, a publisher and writing teacher will listen to one minute of your prose (novel, non- fiction, short story) and let you know what they think of the writing and the story. Aspiring writers should bring one anonymous page of an adult novel, memoir or short story (state genre at the top of page) to the session and drop it in a box. Pages will be chosen by lottery (no guarantees that yours will be picked) and read aloud by host and author Antanas Sileika. This is a rough and ready exercise, not for the faint of heart! Put your email address at the top of the page as well and a Humber writing teacher will send a short comment about the piece by email if the piece is not chosen.

    Jack David is the co-publisher at ECW Press, currently celebrating its 40th year of publishing curiously compelling books. He acquires books in the fields of music, sports, mystery, true crime and fiction. He looks at all the non-fiction submitted and always hopes to find the next Too Close to the Falls.

    Kim Moritsugu is a creative writing mentor with the Humber School for Writers, and the author of six novels. Her most recent is the suburban comedy of manners The Oakdale Dinner Club.