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Last week was not supermegafoxy anything. The job hunt was… discouraging, Toronto felt like it was closing in on me, and everyone else seemed to have something going for them.

Basically my life was in shambles.

(I’ve always had a flair for the dramatics. I’m an arteeest dang nabbit!)

Thankfully I have a wonderful roommate who suggested this past Sunday we go to Word on the Street, a festival of books if you will, in Victoria Park. And it was awesome.

I realize the word “awesome” is ridiculously overused in our day but truly, Word on the Street was just that: awesome. There were tents set up with tons of books and just about as many people were crowded around them. It was encouraging to see so many kids excited about getting a new book. Take that TV and Internet! (I’m just kidding, I love you both, please don’t be mad at me!

I met some really cool people, saw a crew of five year olds dance some mean hip hop at the TVO stage, counseled a woman on her love for James Franco (seriously, Google Dave Franco. Life = Changed.), and got great deals on a bunch of books.

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Word on the Street was such a welcomed departure from my every day monotony. It reminded me that, oh yeah, there is an outside world with lots to see and experience. How bout that? And now I have a bunch of new worlds to delve into as I continue, with renewed vigor, to figure out what’s next for me. So many thanks Ash for the invite and a big shout out to my new buddy at the Playwright’s Canada Press booth who recommended Paper Series by David Yee. I’ve only read the first few pages and I’m already in love!

I don’t know where you are in your reading lives but I highly recommend picking up a new book. It rejuvenates the mind and is a welcome departure once that nasty tedium returns.

Have a great week!

-K

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