For those of you who are Canuks and have access to major cities - you might know what Word on the Street is but for those who aren't or simply have never heard - well let me tell ya! It is a one day scrumptious festival of writers reading, book sellers selling, writers pitching, publishers talking, and booky people everywhere schmoozing and enjoying the frankly booky atmosphere. I love it. I've gone, I think, every year for a long time. This year two people I know were reading. Shandy Mitchell read from her fantastic sounding book 'Under this Unbroken Sky' a family saga type novel written about the Canadian prairies. The other was Kate Inglis reading from her soon to be released kid (and up) pirate story 'Dread Crew'. I cannot wait to read both of them. I also chatted up some very warm publishers, saw a lot of folks I haven't seen for ages and generally filled up my stroke bucket with good literary encounters. Yay!
Maybe next year I'll be reading there!