The Word On The Street Toronto Announces Digital Drive Stage

NEW FOR 2010!
Canada’s Premier Celebration of Reading and Literacy Marks 21st Festival
with a Strong Focus on Electronic Publishing.

A plethora of electronic readers and platforms have recently been made available to all consumers of content, completely revolutionizing the traditional print publishing sector and offering many new and exciting ways to produce, share and discuss ideas and information.

What: Annual The Word On The Street Toronto Festival – Free Admission
When: Sunday, September 26, 2010 – 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Where: Queen’s Park, Toronto
Details: www.thewordonthestreet.ca

At the 2010 festival, The Word On The Street Toronto will introduce the Digital Drive Stage. Experts and industry professionals will converge to discuss a range of digital issues and connect with the wider community in an open ideas forum. Launching with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Digital Drive Stage promises to add an exciting new e-dimension to this year’s festival.
Hosted by Stuart Woods, editor of Quill & Quire, Canada’s Magazine of Book News and Reviews, and Quill & Quire book review editor Stephen W. Beattie, The Word On The Street Toronto’s Digital Drive is the place for lively discussion about electronic publishing’s great potential to spur industry growth.

About the Extensive Programming planned for the Digital Drive Stage:
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Which E-reader is Right for Me? An examination of the leading e-readers available on the market today. Discover the features of each product and ask questions of those in the know. Moderated by Kris Abel, CTV’s tech specialist. Abel appears weekly across the network’s news divisions delivering a passion and insight into the latest technologies and gadgets. Through his daily CTV blog, he’s drawn particular attention for his in-depth coverage of e-book readers and their rise to prominence amongst book lovers.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: E-Publishing, E-books, E-reading: The E-asy guide for readers and writers. Industry experts Ashleigh Gardner, Cynthia Good, Natascha Helbig and Allen Lau are here to discuss the world of e-publishing and answer questions on the folllowing topics, and more:
· Why should I read e-books?
· Is e-publishing for me? What do I need to know before I get started?
· What are my rights?
· Can I share something I buy?
· Who controls the quality?

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Blogs to Books – The New Literary Frontier: Join Neil Pasrischa as he reads and discusses his debut release The Book of Awesome, a book inspired by a blog! Discover what it takes to write a blog that will get you noticed – and maybe – get you published.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: The Big Issue: Magazines and Comic Books in the Digital Age: The advent of online publishing has initiated change in the world of periodicals. Most print magazines also have an online presence, e-zines are born and thrive solely in cyberspace, the daily newspaper can be read at the click of a button, and comic books of old have found a new life in digital format. Join our panel of industry experts as they discuss the future of the periodical – the impact changing technologies have on the delicate balance between print and digital production and consumption.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Which E-reader is Right for Me? An examination of the leading e-readers available on the market today. Discover the features of each product and ask questions of those in the know. Moderated by CTV’s Kris Abel.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: How to use Social Media to Market Your Work: Join Nina Lassam, Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Julie Wilson and Anita Windisman as they give writers top tips on using social media to market themselves and their work.

About the Digital Drive Stage Hosts:

Steven W Beattie, Toronto-based writer and critic, is the Review Editor at Quill & Quire, the bible of the Canadian book publishing industry. He was a juror for the 2009 Trillium Prize, and has also appeared on Bravo! Arts & Minds, CBC radio, and CIUT 89.5 in Toronto. He maintains the literary blog That Shakespearean Rag. Stephen will be hosting the Digital Drive stage from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Stuart Woods is the editor of Quill & Quire.. His book reviews have appeared in The Walrus. Stuart will be hosting the Digital Drive Stage from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m.

About The Word On The Street:

Every year on the last Sunday of September, in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax,
The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors to its Queen’s Park location, The Word On The Street Toronto is the largest book and magazine festival in Canada.

Media sponsors of this year’s The Word On The Street Toronto include: CIUT 89.5 FM, Citytv, The Epoch Times, EYE WEEKLY, Skywords Media, and Toronto Star.

Regional sponsors of this year’s The Word On The Street Toronto include: Canada Council for the Arts, Cascades, City of Toronto, Hart House, Madison Press, McClelland & Stewart, METRO Waste, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Owlkids, Penguin Group (Canada), Random House of Canada, Sony, Spicers, Sylvan Learning Centres, , Toronto Arts Council, TVOKids, Webcom, and Whole Foods Market.

Please visit the festival’s official website at www.thewordonthestreet.ca. Read our blog, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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For More Information please contact:

Media Contact:
June Dickenson, Public Relations
P: 647 477 6000 E: [email protected]

Festival Co-Managers:
Nicola Dufficy and Amanda Shamshudeen
T: 416.504.7241

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