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Thousands turn out to Queen's Park in Toronto to celebrate literature at the 24th annual Word on the Street festival.

Chalk Master Dave paints a mural on ground during the Word on the Street Festival that shut down University Avenue at Queen's Park in Toronto on Sept. 22, 2013.

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Festival goers read as they join a long line of people waiting to have Joseph Boyden sign their book.

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Chrystia Freeland, author and Liberal party nominee for Toronto Centre, signs her book after speaking at Word on the Street on Sept. 22, 2013.

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Aspiring writer Sherry MacEachern writes a children's book at Word on the Street.

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The Globe and Mail's Carolyn Abraham speaking at Word on the Street on Sept. 22, 2013.

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Whitney French writes a poem on a typewriter at Word on the Street on Sept. 22, 2013. For two dollars she asks people for three words and writes a unique poem on the spot.

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A long line of people wait to have a booked signed by author Joseph Boyden at Word on the Street on Sept. 22, 2013.

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Diane Somerville clutches a book by Joseph Boyden as she joins the crowd waiting in line to meet the Canadian author.

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Children pass by books placed on steps at Word on the Street.

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