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Do You Remember Your First Time?

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Do you remember your first time at the Word on The Street Festival?

For me it was back in the mid-nineties. I was still new to Toronto, and when a friend suggested it, I didn’t know what to expect (really, a street festival devoted to reading?). Back then, WOTS took over a chunk of Queen Street, stopping traffic all day in the pursuit of everything bookish: magazines, novels, children’s books, poetry and on and on. It was a drizzly, cool day, but I was in nerd heaven.

The popular festival has grown since then, spreading across Queen’s Park. There are more tables, vendors, food options and stages each year. It’s always been a great place to listen to authors read, burn my tongue eating Murtabak and to pick up some new books.

Since publishing my first novel, the experience has changed for me; I don’t just partake in the festival, but I’ve been honoured to contribute my words to it. I’ve read from Stealing Nasreen, signed books at my publisher’s table, been a “clue” in the Diaspora Dialogues Scavenger Hunt and this year I’ll read from Six Metres of Pavement .

Here are the details:
Sunday September 25th, 11am-12pm, Vibrant Voices Stage (near the north end of the park).
The panel is called “Toronto As Muse”, and I’m pleased to share the stage with Sean Dixon, David Penhale and Jim Nason.
There will be readings, and lots of time for questions too.

Hope to see you there!

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Farzana Doctor

Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author and the recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Grant for an emerging gay Canadian author (2011). Her first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and earned a devoted readership upon its release in 2007. She is currently touring her second book, Six Metres of Pavement (Dundurn 2011).

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