It’s time to think of your game plan. How are you going to take in all that The Word on the Street has to offer? It really depends on what you consider to be a must-see. I might wander into a reading or a cooking demo, but that’s just gravy—for me, it’s all about the books. That is, I want to leave there carrying at least twice my weight in books!
If you want to hit all the book tents, you better set your alarm, get up, and get out to the festival by 11 am on Sunday before every Torontonian (and tourist) descends on Queen’s Park. The later in the day you arrive, the more people there will be between you and the books. While it’s encouraging to see that this city really loves reading, if your goal is buying books it’s best to try to maintain your bubble of personal space. You might be tempted to get to the festival even earlier than 11 (some people do) but it’s much more respectful to let the vendors set up in peace before the onslaught.
Another version of this plan is to arrive towards the end of the festival. This is when publishers and booksellers may further discount the books they have left to avoid packing them up and hauling them back from whence they came. While this is a fine plan, ’tis not for me. I want the cream of the crop, not the leftovers. But if you don’t have specific titles in mind, this may work for you.
You might want to check out some authors and engage with ideas while at the festival. There are a ton of readings and talks scheduled throughout the day and you may need to make some tough choices due to scheduling conflicts. Check the program online beforehand to plan your day.
However you choose to approach it, The Word on the Street is a great way to spend a Sunday.
The Word on the Street festival takes place this Sunday, September 25 in Vancouver, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Toronto, and Halifax.
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