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Participate in  author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at southern Alberta's biggest literary event!

Festival Attractions

Exhibitor Marketplace

The Word On The Street's Exhibitor Marketplace is the one of the best in southern Alberta. It offers festival-goers a window into the Canadian literary scene, more than 50 vendors - it's Lethbridge's biggest outdoor bookstore! – and speak with the people who fuel the publishing industry across the country. Find your next literary treasure!

Something for the Whole Family

Highlights for children: authors, illustrators, and storytellers, and face painting, and fun marketplace activities. Keep an eye out for Clifford the Big Red Dog and friends!

There’s something for teen readers of all kinds, with opportunities to win books by all our speaking teen authors.

Highlights for adults: Author readings, workshops, panel discussions; live music, food trucks, and an outdoor marketplace.

Literacy Services

The Word On The Street festival is committed to improving the reading skills and functional literacy of Canadians.

If you are interested in literacy programs for yourself or someone else or wish to help others improve their literacy skills please visit Lethbridge Public Library’s Read On Program at an open house during Festival day. They will be showcasing a wide variety of programs, materials and services for children and families, teens, and adults are available.