What’s happening at Word on the Street

September 24, 2008

Word on the Street is this Sunday, and there will be a Magazines Canada tent in Toronto with lots going on. I’m going to try and make it to the copyright panel at 2:00 – say hi if you see me. Here’s a lineup courtesy of Magazines Canada.

Canadian Magazines Tent at Word on the Street features diverse literary line-up

Toronto (MC) – Readers, writers and magazine fans in general will be in for a treat at the Canadian Magazines Tent at Toronto’s Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival at Queen’s Park on Sunday, September 28.

With programming running from 11:00am to 6:00pm, visitors to the free day-long exhibition can attend one or all of the diverse sessions put on by Magazines Canada:

11:00-11:30 – Writing Green
Join Nicola Ross, executive editor of Alternatives Journal, for a conversation on the key questions about environmental journalism in Canada. Are authors and journalists doing a good job of informing Canadians about environmental issues? Can newspapers and blogs handle the complexity of environmental stories? What role do magazines play in the media mix? Do we need to improve environmental journalism and, if so, how can it be done? With issues ranging from climate change to water quality and from nanotechnology to greenwashing, how can Canadian journalists to a better job?

Nicola Ross is the executive editor of Alternatives, Canada’s environmental magazine.

11:30-12:30 – All Tongues Are Red
Based on Dan Yashinsky’s recent article in Alternatives magazine, this talk explores
the connections between listening, storytelling, myth and environmental activism.

Dan Yashinsky is the author of Suddenly They Heard Footsteps—Storytelling for the Twenty-first Century. He has taught and performed at festivals throughout Canada and around the world.

12:45-1:45 – Survival Tips for Freelancers
Dyed-in-the-wool freelance writer Nate Hendley shares insights and information on how to survive as a freelancer. Nate will share his many years of hard-won wisdom in a presentation geared towards beginning and experienced writers alike.

Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based writer/author who has written 10 books and countless magazine and newspaper articles.

2:00-3:00 – On Use and Misuse: Copyright Lawyers Discuss the Politics of Copyright
Three experts in copyright law shine a light on the grey areas involved in publishing in the digital era. Get your facts straight! Become better-informed in just one hour on digital rights, plagiarism and more. Panel moderated by John Degen, Executive Director of the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino specializes in Intellectual Property law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Grace Westcott is a copyright lawyer in private practice and the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Copyright Institute. Warren Sheffer is a partner in the firm Hebb & Sheffer and specializes in copyright law.

3:15-4:15 – Lit Laffs
Feet sore from festival-going? Need to turn a frown upside-down? The Feathertale Review, a unique literary magazine from Ottawa, presents some light-hearted entertainment to send you on your merry way.

Iain Marlow’s writings have appeared in The Feathertale Review, the Toronto Star, the Independent (UK), the Globe and Mail and The China Daily. Kevin Scanlon has been working as a journalist in Canada for 33 years. Richard Taylor teaches writing in the English Department at Ottawa’s Carleton University. Brett Popplewell is a journalist by trade but a swashbuckling archaeologist at heart. He is the founding editor of all things Feathertale.

4:30-6:00 – Design Edge Canada presents…The Font Show

Get up close and personal with some of the hottest designers in town as they reveal intimate secrets about their love affair with type, with host Ann Meredith Brown, editor of Design Edge Canada, and designers Gary Davidson, Levi Nicholson and Scott Richardson.

Gary Davidson is responsible for the look and visual feel of outdoor magazine Explore. Levi Nicholson is an art director at Zaxis Custom Communications. He is also art director of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, ON Nature and Pulse magazines, and he is currently redesigning This Magazine. Scott Richardson is vice president and creative director, Canadian publishing, for Random House of Canada.

Don’t miss out on the hottest book and magazine event of the year – and be sure to stop by the Canadian Magazines Tent. Visit the Word on the Street website for more information.

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