Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Main Library: 5th Ave. S. and 8th St. S. | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Participate in hundreds of 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 largest FREE book and magazine festival!

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, the chance to purchase books from nearly 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 on Saturday September 24th 2016!

Something for the Whole Family

Highlights for children: authors, illustrators, and storytellers, and face painting. Visit our community partners in the marketplace for personalized button making; imaginative paper bag book making; a themed nature activity; calligraphy, Japanese language and chopstick lessons; crafting a handmade sketch book and creating colourful salt paintings. You can take a selfie with Rufus the Mime and Clifford the Red Dog and meet the winner of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award.

Highlights for teens: Our lineup of authors in the Teen Tent includes readings by teen fantasy and science fiction author Erin Bow, comics artist Ryan North of Squirrel Girl fame, and a writing workshop with Amy Bright. There’s something for teen readers of all kinds, with opportunities to win books by all our speaking teen authors.

Highlights for adults: Workshops including song writing with Jolene Draper, Metis jigging and storytelling with Roy Pogorzelski; blogging and podcasting panel discussions; avante garde poetics with Jay Gamble; on the spot poetry with Ken Sears and bookmaking with Deborah Williams. Take part in collaborative art at an all -day Comix Jam with local cartoonist Eric Dyck, and sign up for an on-the-spot writing critique at the Blue Pencil café presented by Editors Canada.

Listen to the Music: Thunder Chiefs, HBO3 Jazz Trio, Mwanza Mwanza, Uncovered and Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few.

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.