What a gorgeously beautiful day out to have a book festival! Started in 1990, Word on the Street has become Canada’s largest book & magazine festival. Their motto: Celebrating Reading, Advocating Literacy. And what a celebration of the written word it is! Shockingly (to myself), I have never attended until this year. I really don’t have any excuse why, but what an overwhelming experience. There were so many people out, visiting all the booths from book publishers, book stores, independent authors and attending all the events at the various stages.
I picked up quite a few books with fantastic discounts (which were getting heavy after so much walking & carrying!). Many book sellers/publishers had about 20% off their selection where one of the busiest booths I saw was the Harper Collins one, where half of their booth was all $3 and under! Simon & Schuster’s booth seemed to be quite a hit as well, with YA books at $3 for soft cover! I passed the Penguin booth, and wasn’t sure if I missed another section (or perhaps I was there later in the day & everything was gone) but it was all children’s books… *shrugs*
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the stuff I got, which I’ll feature in a bit more detail on my In My Mailbox post next week. (BTW, I love the tote bag I picked up! They had 3 other colours – which I also wanted..)
What I loved most was how much it brought everyone together. Similar to the feeling I have during Nuit Blanche (the all-night contemporary art thing), it’s just amazing how many people are out supporting what they love. Among that large crowd, I still managed to bump into several friends that I didn’t know was attending! It’s fantastic.. what a great way to get book lovers together and enjoy the nice Fall Sunday afternoon.