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The Word On The Street Toronto

The Word On The Street Toronto is a festival of storytelling, ideas, and imagination – and a community hub of brilliant and resilient storytellers. This playlist is a selection of the titles that will be presented at the virtual festival on September 26 & 27, 2020. Start a new membership and get 2 audiobooks for the price of 1 ($14.99 USD) with code WOTS2020.

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A Novel

By Natalie Zina Walschots
Narrated by: Alex McKenna
Length: 14 hours 14 minutes


“In a world where super heroes and super villains are commonplace, there are some very interesting opportunities for employment. For example: henching, or signing on to handle basic (and usually boring) tasks for your local villain—think data entry. But when Anna's employer is brought down by the hero Supercollider and she's badly hurt in the process, she starts to wonder what the difference is between the good guys and the bad guys. If you've ever watched a superhero movie and wondered who's going to pay for all the damage after the baddies are beaten, this is a book you will enjoy. Anna's dry humor and astute understanding of human nature makes her a delightful narrator--and Alex McKenna, who performs the audiobook, does a superb job of bringing her to life.”

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Lean Out

A Meditation on the Madness of Modern Life

By Tara Henley
Narrated by: Tara Henley
Length: 8 hours


"Travel to the land of Couldn't Be More Timely."--Margaret Atwood on Lean Out, in the West End Phoenix

"What begins as one woman's critique of our culture of overwork and productivity ultimately becomes an investigation into our most urgent problems: vast inequality, loneliness, economic precarity, and isolation from...
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Witches of Ash and Ruin

By E. Latimer
Narrated by: Katharine Lee McEwan
Length: 12 hours 42 minutes

Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology in an epic clash of witches and gods, perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy and A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.

Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her... Read more »
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Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

Mexican Gothic

“Set in Mexico in the 50's, this book follows a young woman, Noemi, to a moldy old Gothic manor in the countryside where she is hoping to find out why her newly married cousin is sending letters home detailing strange visions and a real fear of her new family. Moreno-Garcia's writing was fantastic, I felt immersed in the creepy mansion, imagining often I could smell the rot and could hear the walls and floorboards creaking with the fungus that seemed to be moving throughout. Noemi's character was heroic and brave and while she made choices that caused me to cringe, I rooted for her throughout, feeling triumphant with her when she found ways to escape the disturbing household. This story is part mystery, part horror and will really get under your skin if you let it!”

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Dead Mom Walking

A Memoir of Miracle Cures and Other Disasters

By Rachel Matlow
Narrated by: Rachel Matlow
Length: 9 hours 21 minutes


SHORTLISTED for the 2021 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

"A comedy for catastrophic times." --CBC

"A hilarious memoir of effervescent misadventures." --Toronto Star

"How am I laughing at someone's mother's cancer? How? We think we can't laugh about death, about cancer, about our mothers and their suffering . . . and we can't, but we...
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The Wagers

By Sean Michaels
Narrated by: Sean Michaels
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

Scotiabank Giller-winner Sean Michaels is back with his widely anticipated second novel, The Wagers, a deeply satisfying story of long odds, magical heists and the dizzying gamble of life. Where does luck come from? What is it worth? And how much of it do you need to be happy?

Theo Potiris is a grocer and a comedian who never repeats his jokes.... Read more »
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By Shaena Lambert
Narrated by: Taylor Price
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics--and who, like many history-changing women, has been largely erased. Award-winning novelist Madeleine... Read more »
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This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart

A Memoir in Halves

By Madhur Anand
Narrated by: Ellora Patnaik, Asha Vijayasingham & Raoul Bhaneja
Length: 9 hours 56 minutes

“Wondrously and elegantly written in language that astonishes and moves the reader…This is an important book: an emotional and intellectual tour de force.” —Jane Urquhart

An experimental memoir about Partition, immigration, and generational storytelling, This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart weaves together the poetry of memory with the... Read more »
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This Is Not the End of Me

Lessons on Living from a Dying Man

By Dakshana Bascaramurty
Narrated by: Farah Merani & A. K. Wilson
Length: 8 hours 3 minutes

CBC – The Best Canadian Nonfiction of 2020
The Globe and Mail’s Globe 100: Our Favourite Books of 2020
Chatelaine’s 10 Best Books of 2020
The Walrus’s Favourite Books of 2020

For readers of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air and Will Schwalbe, the moving, inspiring story of a young husband and father who,...
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Songs for the End of the World

A Novel

By Saleema Nawaz
Narrated by: Alex Paxton-Beesley, Amelia Sargisson, Tyrone Savage, Braden Wright, David Reale, Christina Ho, Douglas E. Hughes, Stephanie Belding, John Fray, Victoria Carr, Ali Hassan, Odario Williams, Nana aba Duncan & Amy Matysio
Length: 14 hours 39 minutes

"In these dark days, Saleema Nawaz dares to write of hope. Songs for the End of the World is a loving, vivid, tenderly felt novel about men, women, and a possible apocalypse. I couldn't put it down." –Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors and The Wagers

NATIONAL BESTSELLER. An immersive, deeply engaging, and hopeful novel about the power of...
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Missing from the Village

The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That Failed Toronto's Queer Community

By Justin Ling
Narrated by: Justin Ling
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

The tragic and resonant story of the disappearance of eight men--the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur--from Toronto's queer community.

In 2013, the Toronto Police Service announced that the disappearances of three men--Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Majeed Kayhan--from Toronto's gay village were, perhaps, linked. When the... Read more »
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By Farzana Doctor
Narrated by: Farzana Doctor, Ellora Patnaik & Raoul Bhaneja
Length: 12 hours

When Sharifa and her husband travel to India, she expects her time will be spent researching her great-great grandfather, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist. However, what she doesn’t expect is to be swept up in the story of his four wives, oddly excluded from her family history.
As Sharifa’s imagination is overtaken with these four... Read more »
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Peace and Good Order

The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada

By Harold R. Johnson
Narrated by: Craig Lauzon
Length: 3 hours 11 minutes

An urgent, informed, intimate condemnation of the Canadian state and its failure to deliver justice to Indigenous people by national bestselling author and former Crown prosecutor Harold R. Johnson.

"The night of the decision in the Gerald Stanley trial for the murder of Colten Boushie, I received a text message from a retired provincial court... Read more »
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How to Pronounce Knife


By Souvankham Thammavongsa
Narrated by: James Tang & Kulap Vilaysack
Length: 2 hours 58 minutes


Named one of Time Magazine's Must-Read Books of 2020, and featuring stories that have appeared in Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, this...
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A Woman Alone

By author
Narrated by: Chloe Cannon
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes

A high-stakes, pulse-pounding thriller from the bestselling author of Girl Last Seen.
A year after a brutal home invasion that left her traumatized, Cecelia, along with her husband and their three-year-old daughter, move into a new house with a complex security system that is supposed to make her feel safe.
But reality proves different as strange... Read more »
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Adventures in Opting Out

A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life

By Cait Flanders
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 6 hours 18 minutes

Opt out of expectations and live a more intentional life with this refreshing guide from the national bestselling author of The Year of Less.
We all follow our own path in life. At least, that's what we're told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or follow the invisible but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally... Read more »
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The Starr Sting Scale

The Candace Starr Series

By C.S. O'Cinneide
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
Length: 7 hours 55 minutes

Candace Starr likes to think of herself as retired since she got out of prison. That’s until society maven Kristina Corrigan tries to hire her to permanently remove her daughter’s barnacle of a boyfriend, Tyler Brent, from their lives. The only catch? Tyler is seventeen years old. Even Candace usually draws the line at taking out a target who...

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Misconduct of the Heart

A Novel

By Cordelia Strube
Narrated by: Eve Passeltiner
Length: 17 hours 48 minutes

Stevie, a recovering alcoholic and kitchen manager of Chappy’s, a small-chain restaurant, is frantically trying to prevent the people around her from going supernova: her PTSD-suffering veteran son, her uproariously demented parents, the polyglot eccentrics who work in her kitchen, the blind geriatric dog she inherits, and a damaged...

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On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space
Exploded Views

By Amanda Leduc
Narrated by: Amanda Barker
Length: 8 hours 17 minutes

Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty? If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and...

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Moon of the Crusted Snow

A Novel

By Waubgeshig Rice
Narrated by: Billy Merasty
Length: 6 hours 46 minutes

Moon of the Crusted Snow

“Highly recommend this audiobook of Moon Of The Crusted Snow. Narrator Billy Merasty brings Rice's characters to life and enriches the traditional Anishinaabe stories with his lyrical storytelling voice. The story itself, of a Canadian Anishinaabe band forced to contend with a new reality when the power goes out and deliveries halt to their Reserve just as winter sets in, is gripping and shockingly realistic and a damning take on reservation life. Evan Whitesky—father, husband, and one of the young leaders—has been learning traditional ways so he's better equipped to hunt and forage than other members of the band who've come to rely on video games and other modern trappings for survival and entertainment. Just as it becomes clear that the power outage is widespread and likely the result of some catastrophic event, a menacing stranger arrives, threatening the band's unity and possibly its very survival. Completely immersive.”

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