What a fantastic event this was! On a gorgeous sunny September Sunday, Saskatoon’s Word on the Street event showcased some brilliant writers, big names, local names, big local names, unusual personalities, and old friends. You really must check it out the next time it’s in your community, or anywhere nearby! If you love reading, writing, and the spoken word, you must go. It’s free!
First, I really enjoyed Margaret Trudeau; such a familiar name for so many years! Here she was, and an engaging if not breathless autobiography that I found fascinating.
After Maggie, we sat fresh faced in the front row for a reading by W.P. Kinsella, with our pal Yann Martel hosting. W.P. read from his newest work, The Essential W.P. Kinsella, and entertained us with some wonderful, funny and sad stories. His book, Shoeless Joe, was the basis for the movie Field of Dreams. Later, we had him sign our books and he slipped Jim a signed baseball. Wow.
And if all this wasn’t enough, we got to have a chat with our old buddy Chef Michael Smith. Michael wrote the preface to the book Erin (our daughter) and I wrote in 2005, Breaking Bread, Nourishing Connections. Michael’s got a new cookbook out, Make Ahead Meals, and it was good to catch up with him. His new venture as owner of the place where he got his start,the Inn at Bay Fortune, is now firmly written on our ‘to go’ list.
And if all that still wasn’t enough, we got to spend a little time listening to my old creative writing prof and one of my favourite authors, Guy Vanderhaeghe, who talked about short story writing. I’m looking forward to reading his newest, Daddy Lenin.
What. A. Day.
Word on the Street. Brilliant. Our thanks to everyone who made it happen. Already looking forward to next year.