Highlights from Waterloo Region was created in order to give more exposure to the local authors, bloggers, readers, publishers, book events and more in the community. Please go to the Introducing...Highlights from Waterloo Region page for an archive of past highlights or to find out more about how you can become involved.
The Word on the Street is a national festival of the written word. It happens once a year in Vancouver, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Toronto, and Halifax. From The Word on the Street website, the aim is to:
To bring writing, publishing and literacy communities together to heighten the awareness and encourage and foster a positive attitude towards literacy. To emphasize the joy of reading, and enhance public appreciation of the printed word in a fun and completely accessible environment. To increase the public awareness of, and interest in, the quality and quantity of Canadian authored/produced books and magazines, thereby stimulating the demand to purchase and invest in Canadian talent.
Kitchener's featured authors, storytellers, and poets this year were:
Drew Haydon Taylor
Robert Charles Wilson
There was also a tent for local authors to sell and promote their books, a tent for the library to sell their "gently used" books, and more.
I had planned to be at Word on the Street, meet some great authors and share my experience with you all through picture and video. Unfortunately, the six hours of the year that would have made the most awesome Hightlights from Waterloo Region post also happened to coincide with the worst cold my whole family decided to come down with. I will be looking out all over the internet for photos and videos that I can share with you next week. In the mean time, if anyone reading this went and has a post or photos to share I would greatly appreciate you letting me know. Leave a comment or email me.
I hope everyone who was able to make it had a splendid time :D