Emily Urquhart at Word on the Street!

May 28, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
WOTS - Across the Universe Stage
Queen's Park
Toronto, ON M7A
Emily Urquhart at Word on the Street! @ WOTS - Across the Universe Stage | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join Emily Urquhart (Ordinary Wonder Tales) at Word on the Street! Urquhart will be moderating the Folklore in the Modern World panel in conversation with fellow authors Dominik Parisien and Sid Sharp about folklore through the centuries—from the revival of traditional folktales to the creation of new ones—and what folklore for a modern world looks like. The event will take place on Sunday, May 28 at 10AM.

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Register to attend WOTS here!

Grab your copy of Ordinary Wonder Tales here!


“This book is magical in every sense of the term.”—Amanda Leduc, author of The Centaur’s Wife and Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space

A journalist and folklorist explores the truths that underlie the stories we imagine—and reveals the magic in the everyday.

“I’ve always felt that the term fairy tale doesn’t quite capture the essence of these stories,” writes Emily Urquhart. “I prefer the term wonder tale, which is Irish in origin, for its suggestion of awe coupled with narrative. In a way, this is most of our stories.” In this startlingly original essay collection, Urquhart reveals the truths that underlie our imaginings: what we see in our heads when we read, how the sight of a ghost can heal, how the entrance to the underworld can be glimpsed in an oil painting or a winter storm—or the onset of a loved one’s dementia. In essays on death and dying, pregnancy and prenatal genetics, radioactivity, chimeras, cottagers, and plague, Ordinary Wonder Tales reveals the essential truth: if you let yourself look closely, there is magic in the everyday.


Emily Urquhart is a journalist with a doctorate in folklore. Her award-winning work has appeared in LongreadsGuernica, and The Walrus and elsewhere, and her first book was shortlisted for the Kobo First Book Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. Her most recent book, The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, my Father and Me, was listed as a top book of 2020 by CBC, NOW Magazine and Quill & Quire. She is a nonfiction editor for The New Quarterly and lives in Kitchener, Ontario.