This Saturday is going to be busy, busy, busy. On a personal note, we have friends who are coming to stay. But aside from that, Kitchener has Word on the Street AND there is Doors Open Waterloo Region going on as well. Oh yeah, and there is some kind of Faire in Waterloo park. Don’t say you have nothing to do!
Here is the Word on the Street official press release from the City of Kitchener.
Word on the Street features stellar author line-up and new downtown partners
KITCHENER – Downtown Kitchener welcomes The Word On The Street! Join us this Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day jam-packed with author readings, poetry, author talks, playwrights, music and children’s activities in a number of locations in downtown Kitchener.
The Waterloo Region Record Stage will host some of the biggest names in Canadian literature all in one place. Book signings will follow each reading. This year’s headline is Gail Vaz-Oxlade.
one of Canada’s most successful and respected financial writers. She has authored several bestselling books, including the #1 bestseller Debt-Free Forever, Money-Smart Kids and It’s Your Money. She has doled out her no-nonsense approach to finance as host of the television shows, Money Moron, Princess and Till Debt Do Us Part.
The Kitchener Market will host author Joy McCarthy. Joy is a holistic nutritionist, health and nutrition coach, and writer and recipe developer forJoyous Health, the popular health and recipe blog. Her own experience with hormonal imbalance led her to changing her diet, addressing her lifestyle and educating herself on an all-encompassing approach to health.
New this year is the Word on the Street Bites. Join us at participating coffee shops, restaurants and the Kitchener Market for a stellar line-up of authors, poets, meet & greets, bloggers, workshops and book signings. Have a bite to eat and experience the written word and downtown Kitchener in a whole new way!
This year the Kitchener Public Library will feature the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile. Hop aboard the 74-foot-long traveling exhibit, which has five separate spaces to showcase eBooks, audiobooks, a gadget gallery and more. Bring your devices!
And, of course, there is a lot to do for the kids! The Department of Canadian Heritage Kids Square on Civic Square will feature make-and-take crafts themed with featured books, face painting, music with Erick Traplin, comics and caricatures, take your photo with a princess and learn how to read braille with Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Drop by the Canadian Reading Rocks Stage and listen to some of Canada’s best loved children’s books read by local celebrities!
The Word on the Street is celebrated in five cities across Canada on the same day: Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Toronto, Halifax and Kitchener. Admission is free. For information on all programming and activities, please visit www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/kitchener