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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Exhibitor Marketplace

The Word On The Street's Exhibitor Marketplace is the best of its kind in southern Alberta. It offers festival-goers a window into the Canadian literary scene, the chance to purchase books, merchandise and learn from over 50 local vendors - it's Lethbridge's biggest outdoor bookstore! Find your next literary treasure this fall.  Please see below for a list of some of the amazing exhibitors that will join us at the 2017 Festival. This year's Festival will take place on Saturday September 23rd 2017 from 11:00am-5:00pm at the downtown branch of the Lethbridge Public Library. We can't wait to see you there!

Alberta Magazine Publishers Association

Writing & Publishing

Alberta Magazine Publichers Association I love alberta mags     Come out and visit the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association booth at the Festival. They will be handing out free copies, promotional swag and offering a special subscription promotion. Make sure to stop by their booth!   http://www.albertamagazines.com/

Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge

Literacy and Arts Organizations

Allied Arts Council Logo Arts Days - Allied Arts Council   The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was established on March 20, 1958 and works to encourage, coordinate and promote the arts in Lethbridge & area.   Mission: The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge provides leadership in advancing and enhancing the arts in Lethbridge.   Vision: A vibrant arts community enriches Lethbridge.   http://www.artslethbridge.org/

Archaeological Society of Alberta


  The Archaeological Society of Alberta will be providing information about the Society, as well as, hands on learning about Alberta's archaeological past with bones, stone stools, and excavation sand boxes for the kids. They will also be giving out Activities Books to reinforce some of the learning they will be doing at their booth.   The Archaeological Society of Alberta (ASA) comprises over 300 members living across Alberta and beyond. There are six Centres (Strathcona, Bodo, Red Deer, Calgary, Lethbridge and Southeastern), each with their own elected officials. These Centre host a speaker series, workshops, fieldtrips, and other events. See their website for information about all of their activities.   The ASA holds an annual general meeting and conference each spring, and publishes a biannual report called the Alberta Archaeological Review. They also have a general newsletter that highlights some of their activities. They are currently looking for a new Provincial Coordinator. If you are enthusiastic and motivated to share archaeology with the people of Alberta please contact Kurtis Blaikie-Birkgt at Kurtis@treetime.ca     www.arkyalberta.com  

Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society


#Outdoor Vendor

Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society Striving to be a source of identity, pride and inspiration for Aboriginal people, and for all others, a source of accurate information on the Blackfoot people. Activities include hosting the annual International Peace Pow Wow and AbFest; a multidisciplinary arts festival and gala. Also manages the Blackfoot Art Gallery located in Lethbridge Centre.     http://www.downtownlethbridge.com/profile.asp?bPageID=2423

Book Publishers Association of Alberta

Writing & Publishing

BPAA   The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) was founded in 1975 to support the development of a thriving provincial publishing industry, away from Canada’s traditional book publishing centres. Today one of the strongest communities of regional publishers in North America, the BPAA counts more than 25 member companies, many of which are owned and operated in Alberta. Our members publish books by local, national and international authors and provide significant cultural and economic benefits to this province. They work with writers, printers, artists and other creative people to produce high quality books that are sold in Alberta and throughout the world.   They will be displaying and selling a selection of titles published by Alberta publishers.   Visit their website here: http://bookpublishers.ab.ca/

Canadian Blood Services


Canadian Blood Services   Canadian Blood Services will be providing FREE blood typing and promoting the need for blood donors at the local Lethbridge Blood Donor Clinic.   http://www.blood.ca   ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Canadian patients depend on us to manage a safe, secure and cost-effective blood system. We bring quality to every aspect of our work - from collecting, testing and manufacturing blood, blood components and stem cells to knowledge creation and dissemination to conducting ground-breaking research. Our role also includes providing the following unique services to Canadians:

Canadian Blood Services will be providing FREE blood typing and promoting the need for blood donors at the local Lethbridge Blood Donor Clinic.

Canadian Union Of Postal Workers


cupw-logo cupw Many CUPW members work for Canada Post as letter carriers, rural and suburban mail carriers, postal clerks, mail handlers and dispatchers, technicians, mechanics and electricians. But CUPW doesn’t just represent postal workers. We also represent cleaners, couriers, drivers, vehicle mechanics, warehouse workers, printers, emergency medical dispatchers and other workers in the private sector. CUPW is a democratic union. Our members elect all representatives, set the priorities for bargaining, and have the final say on contract demands and settlements. We are proud of our history and the achievements of our members.   cupw-save-canada-post http://www.cupw.ca/

Carrie Stanton

Independent Author

CARRIE STANTON enjoys writing stories that allow the imagination to blossom. She loves how words can grow wings and transport readers great distances, to worlds where anything is possible.   Reading is the key that opens the imagination.   Both of these books are Calgary Number One Best Sellers and are both also Chapters/Indigo staff picks!   http://emmieandthefiercedragon.ca/

Cheers 4 Lethbridge


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What's It All About?

  Cheers 4 Lethbridge is about making Lethbridge the best place it can be. It’s about feeling that deep satisfaction, joy and pleasure about where we live, work and play, which adds up to a lot of love 4 this unique place. We want everyone to be a champion – a cheerleader – for our community and work together to make Lethbridge an amazing city for all of us to enjoy. We’re asking everyone to do 4 things that will make a positive difference – big or small – and then spread the word about the great things that you have done. Has someone done something you think is cheers worthy? Feel free to post a celebratory cheer to the individual(s)/group or businesses to this website.
Find out more here:

Chinook Arch Regional Library System

Literacy and Arts Organizations

Chinook-Arch-Regional-Library   Chinook Arch Regional Library System is one of the Festivals proud Community Partners!   They will be offering an interactive children's activity at their booth again this year. Be sure to visit them for the fun family friendly activity and some information on what they do in Lethbridge.   http://www.chinookarch.ca

CKXU 88.3 FM (Love and Records Music Festival)


CKXUlove and records   http://www.loveandrecords.ca/ http://www.ckxu.com          

Crepe Affair


#Outdoor Booth

Crepe Affair About 12 years ago we were asked if we wanted to start our own Food truck business, this was way before the whole craze started with food trucks.  It was a little lemon, more precisely an old bowler trailer that was converted to look like a lemon  It was cute, we really liked it but, the timing was bad, our kids were heavily into sports and school activities and other events so we had to put this on hold and raise our kids.   Fast forward to about one year ago and we went to visit my wife's 'cousin' to re-look at idea's for food trucks.  Christine still owned the little lemon but it was not for sale; what we did do was spend a day and night with her at an local event and tour many of the food trucks and trailers on site with Christine as our guide and backstage pass.   We were just looking for idea's and trying to understand better how a food truck was put together, how it should be set up, with no intention of buying anything, Needless to say the spark was planted, contacts made and a few short months later we had purchased a crepe trailer that was run by Cal and Pat of Okanogan Delights whom would become our mentors.   Come out and visit Susan and Brad and enjoy some Sweet - Savoury - Fresh - Local - French Crepes   http://crepeaffair.ca/

CVS Midwest Tape/Hoopla Digital

Writing & Publishing

CVS Midwest Tape and Hoopla We are very excited that CVS Midwest Tape and Hoopla Digital will be joining us this year as a proud Sponsor, as well as, an exhibitor inside the Library by the Information Desk. They will be promoting their Hoopla digital application to demonstrate the added bonus that your library card can have for you!   www.cvsmidwesttape.ca www.hoopladigital.com  

D’Arcy Kavanagh

Independent Author

DKavanagh_4books   D’Arcy Kavanagh is a former journalist and journalism instructor who has spent decades touring Europe and writing about his travels for magazines and newspapers. He has gone into fiction with a series of colourful mysteries featuring Paul Burke, an ex-pro cyclist from Montréal, Québec who is working on the French Riviera as a blogger/columnist for a chain of newspapers. Kavanagh’s first Burke book, The Bastard is Dead, was praised by the national Canadian Cycling Magazine as “just the thing for summer reading.” His second novel, A Vintage End, has been equally popular with readers. His third novel is Deception on the Danube. Kavanagh is already busy working on Burke’s next adventure, Corsica Born and Dead.   http://wowtours.com/darcy/books  

Donna Clewes

Independent Author

Safe Behind the Little Waterfall - Donna Clewes Safe Behind the Little Waterfall is an amazing memoir of healing from adversity: physical, emotional, sexual abuse, codependency, and loss. The young Donna had an alcoholic father who was emotionally and physically abusive. Donna was also sexually abused by her grandpa as a child. This decades- old secret is finally revealed in her book. Young Donna spent her childhood desperately trying to get her mom’s love and attention. When she realized that her mom was too wounded to nurture and love her, she finally gave up. In this book she shares openly, with vulnerability and courage the process of forgiving her father, mother and grandpa. On May 18th, 2011, Donna’s only child, her beloved daughter Jennifer Ann jumped off the high- level bridge. Donna tells of her painful journey of grief and her longing for the love of her life, in detail with honesty and a real, raw edge.   Available on Kindle, Amazon and Smashwords.   https://www.amazon.ca/Safe-Behind-Little-Waterfall-Finding-ebook/dp/B015YXIOCS

Dream Write Publishing Ltd.

Writing & Publishing

  Dream Write Publishing is an Alberta-based publishing company providing all publishing services to emerging and established authors, who want to have a say in how their work is published. Dream Write Publishing was incorporated in 2010 and has over 80 titles in catalog. We also provide consultation, manuscript review, editing, illustration and design, online website and social media promotion, and marketing support. Dream Write will offer book sales and hand out information about their publishing services at the Festival this year.   We are community-minded and have a mandate to support and promote individual writers, small businesses, community groups, and the publishing industry, in general. Our people are writers, too, and we share your passion for the written word. Dream Write Publishing is approachable, effective, and considerate to those who choose to share their publishing plans. Your words are important to us.   If your passion is writing and your dream is to be published, Dream Write Publishing can help fulfill this desire. Dream Write Publishing builds on individuality and creativity to help bring publishing dreams alive in a way that supports your writing journey.   What’s your story?      http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Writing & Publishing


A press devoted to Science Fiction and Fantasy literature seemed like a natural extension to Brian Hades' previous experiences in publishing books on theater, magic and the performing arts!
Over a mug of hot chocolate (now standard at all planning meetings), he worked out a business model that would both establish EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing and allow for its future development as a well-established genre publishing house.
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing wants to encourage, produce and promote thought-provoking and well written science fiction and fantasy literature.
We publish trade paperback and e-book novels, anthologies and collections in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Editors Canada


editors-canada Editors Canada is one of the Festivals proud Community Partners! They will be hosting a Blue Pencil Café again this year at the Festival. Please stay tuned for times.   The Editors’ Association of Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. Our 1,500 members are salaried and freelance, working with individuals and organizations in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit, academic and publishing sectors across the country and around the world in English and French. Many offer a wealth of editing-related services to their clients and employers. Editors Canada supports professional development through seminars, online training and conferences; promotes and maintains high standards of editing through certification and reference publications; helps in-house and freelance editors to network and collaborate; and cooperates and partners with related associations in areas of common concern. The association is incorporated federally as a not-for-profit organization under the 2014 Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and is governed at the national level by an executive council. Editors Canada is a member of the

Our members are also affiliate members of CHRC with discounted access to their training and career development materials.   www.editors.ca

Elaine Unger-Pengilly

Independent Author

  Elaine Unger-Pengilly lives on an acreage just outside of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She resides there with her husband Doug, a calico house cat, a dog, a horse, a cow and three barn cats. Their two sons have outgrown the acreage and have grown into the city. Her passions are music, horses, organic gardening and of course literature.     Rat is a sassy intelligent rodent. He is also very talkative and arrogant. He thinks only of himself. After a bit of a struggle in the great outdoors he discovers the perfect place to spend the winter: a farm house basement. Unfortunately some of Rat’s plans are putting him or his new mouse pal in danger. Mouse also creates some of his own danger due to his huge love for jam. There are fur raising adventures and frightening encounters for both of the pals. Things don’t always go as planned. Even though Rat may be smart he has a lot to learn about friendship.   http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000011219397/by-Elaine-Unger-Pengilly------illustrated-by-Marcy-Trockstad-Rat