Posts Tagged ‘holidays’
I got the Derek Jarman book for $C5 from the Glad Day booth. The Ke$ha book came free.
Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew’s brief Toronto Star article just touches upon the rather enjoyable time I had at Word on the Street on Queen’s Park. (I’ll have plenty of pictures in coming days.) When I was there in the afternoon, the weather was happily perfect.
Sunday morning’s thunderstorms didn’t dampen spirits at the 25th annual Word on the Street.
The Toronto book and magazine festival drew an estimated 210,000 people to Queen’s Park Circle, mostly in the afternoon, organizers said.
“During setup at 8 a.m. it was really bad. Lightning, rain. Bad rain. We can handle any weather, but lightning does scare us. But that’s over,” spokesperson Stephen Weir said in an interview.
“I suspect the audience we lost in the morning arrived in the afternoon.”
This year’s roster of over 200 authors included Canadian writers Claire Cameron, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Sean Michaels, and Shani Mootoo.
“The festival is huge now,” said one festival-goer, Sue Peters of Toronto. “I haven’t been her for a few years and I can’t believe how big it is.”
One of the nice things I like about festivals like WorldPride is that entire streets are closed off, allowing people unexpected vistas. I took two photos of the view south on Church towards Carlton, the first below with my regular camera and the second with my new smartphone. I lean towards preferring the first, myself; it feels more intimate, closer up.