CBCwriter part of lineup for Word fest

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY+REGION - MATT OL­SON maol­son@post­media.com

An ac­com­plished Cana­dian screen­writer with his own CBC show is one of the many lit­er­ary fig­ures in Saska­toon for the Word on the Street fes­ti­val.

Ins Choi was born in South Korea and came to Canada with his fam­ily when he was only a year old. Choi said his un­cle owned a con­ve­nience store in Toronto called Kim’s Gro­cer, which served as the in­spi­ra­tion for the play that turned into a pop­u­lar TV show.

“My first me­mory of Canada is the smell of choco­late bars, the smell of a con­ve­nience store,” Choi said.

Kim’s Con­ve­nience is a se­ries that re­volves around a Kore­anCana­dian fam­ily run­ning a con­ve­nience store in Toronto, and their in­ter­ac­tions among them­selves and in the com­mu­nity.

Choi is in Saska­toon for the an­nual Word on the Street lit­er­ary fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing read­ings, dis­cus­sions and work­shops that are open to the pub­lic.

“It’s ac­tu­ally a treat for me to be able to do this, and meet peo­ple in Saska­toon for the first time,” he said.

Choi said he was most look­ing for­ward to meet­ing some of the In­dige­nous writ­ers and poets in at­ten­dance. He said he was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed by the writ­ing and po­etry of Billy-Ray Bel­court and Saskatchewan’s own Randy Lundy, two In­dige­nous writ­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event.

The Word on the Street Saska­toon runs on Sun­day, Sept. 16 from 11 in the morn­ing un­til 5 p.m. on Broad­way Av­enue.

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