Being a book lover, and living in the GTA, I have only heard of Word on the Street. But every year when it comes around, I end up having plans. I was determined to attend this year, so I woke up early and went on downtown with my best friend Anna.
As the GO bus headed into Union Terminal, I felt the flurry of butterflies in my stomach: excitement. As soon as I walked up those TTC steps and onto Queen’s Park, I realized I wasn’t the only book lover around. It was around 11:45 on a Sunday morning and people were milling about looking at books and discussing about books and buying books…
This Is Not Shakespeare Stage
As I passed by each tent, I had to remind myself that I had a book limit, to only buy a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 books. So I was cautious enough as I passed by the bargain sections, and moved on to the publisher tents. They had amazing deals. Harlequin Books had 3 books for $5, and $2 each book. Harper Collins Canada and Scholastic Canada had 20% off some of their titles. Simon and Schuster Canada slashed their prices, and Adult paperbacks were selling for $3, while children’s hardcovers were $5. I made a mistake and didn’t plan where to go, so I didn’t even see the Simon and Schuster Canada tent until the very end. I did manage to grab The Light by D.J. MacHale for $5. At the Random House Canada tent, I went over to the little table they had, and signed up to their newsletter. Ainsley recognized me from Twitter, and I promptly said “Hello!” (How cool is that?!) She said I had a choice of one book from the pile, so I immediately picked up the one she recommended. Anna picked up The Andalucian Friend, and gave it to me anyway.
Harper Collins Canada also had a wonderful tent set up to promote the movie The Hobbit. They were even giving away honey sticks which I promptly refused since I was already wired on adrenaline and didn’t need more sugar lol.
Thanks to the lovely @HollyBerry1980 she told me there would be a book sale at Victoria College. So we headed on over, and checked in our bags. There were a lot of old books. I even found several Baby Sitters Club books, and one Lemony Snickets book in great condition. I didn’t end up buying it just because my mission was to buy new books on sale.
Inside Victoria College
I only took two photos in total of the entire festival. I was way too excited buying books and seeing everything for the first time that I barely took any photos. Thankfully Anna did. She didn’t end up taking photos of any of the book sales since they were swarmed with people. I don’t blame them. Those deals were too good to pass!
Sad to say, but I had to leave early. Too bad because I completely missed the Women of YA Author Panel and the author signings. Maybe next year, I’ll manage to stay the entire festival. Overall, I had so much fun. My back aches, my muscles ache, my wallet is lighter, and I managed to stay within my maximum limit. I highly recommend going if you’re a book lover, it’s worth going through all the crowds!