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Exhibitor Marketplace

The Word On The Street's Exhibitor Marketplace is one of 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 be joining us at the 2019 Festival!    

Alberta Health Services


Who We Are

  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest provincewide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the more than 4.3 million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) has more than 102,700 employees, including over 102,000 direct AHS employees (excluding Covenant Health staff) and over 8,300 staff working in AHS wholly-owned subsidiaries such as Alberta Public Labs, Carewest and CapitalCare Group. We are also supported by over 14,100 volunteers and almost 11,600 physicians practicing in Alberta, more than 8,400 of whom are members of the AHS medical staff (physicians, dentists, podiatrists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons).
  • Students from Alberta’s universities and colleges, as well as from universities and colleges outside of Alberta, receive clinical education in AHS facilities and community locations.
  • 106 acute care hospitals, five stand-alone psychiatric facilities, 8,448 acute care beds, 27,163 continuing care beds/spaces and 249 community palliative and hospice beds, 2,772 addiction and mental health beds plus equity partnership in 41 primary care networks.
  • Programs and services are offered at over 850 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, cancer centres, mental health facilities and community health sites.
  • The province also has an extensive network of community-based services designed to assist Albertans maintain and/or improve health status.

Alberta Magazine Publishers Association

Writing & Publishing

Alberta Magazine Publichers Association         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!

Alberta Views Magazine

Writing & Publishing

Founded in 1997, Alberta Views is the must-read magazine for the people who are shaping the new Alberta. Innovators in politics, education, industry, public service and the arts share and discover fresh perspectives in our in-depth analysis of everything relevant to the public interest of Albertans. Recognized for its editorial excellence, Alberta Views is one of the most respected publications in Canada, and has won Magazine of the Year and both the National and Western Magazine Awards. Right now no other province is as complex, vibrant and creative as Alberta, and no magazine covers it like Alberta Views.   Please visit our website at:

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.

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  

Bianca Rowena

Independent Author

Bianca Rowena is the author of the popular novel The Virgin Diaries and the Gifted Series. She lives in Southern Alberta with her husband, daughter and little dog Molli. Bianca graduated from Film Studies at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. She will be showcasing her latest novel The Rise of Rynn, at this year's festival.  

Big John’s Books


We have been in business for 63 years, the last 13 years as Big John's Books. It was Baxter's Books for the previous 50 years. My aunt, Grace Hing, was owner and operator for 20 of those years.
I got my start in running a bookstore at Baxter's Books learning everything my Aunt had to teach. I started part time in my late teens working my way up to running the store full time when my Aunt fell ill. A year later I bought the store.
And so Big John's Books was born, we have made it our mission to have a well organized store filled with gently used books at great prices.
More Info:
Big John's Books is active in supporting local charitable organizations.
If you happen to be looking for a great gift idea we have Big John's Books Gift Certificates for the book reader in your life.
Accepted Payment: Cash, Interac / Debit, Visa, Mastercard.
Hours of Operation: 10am - 5pm  Mon. - Sat. Closed Sun. and Holidays.
Address: 320 7st. S. Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1J 2G2
Phone: 403-328-1563

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.

Book Publishers Association of Alberta

Writing & Publishing

    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 over 30 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.

Building Brains Together


Building Brains Together (BBT) – Building brains through play Purpose:
  • To enhance kindergarten readiness, academic and life success by strengthening executive function, self-regulation and early literacy skills in preschool aged children.
  • Build adult (parent, caregiver, educators) capacity specifically around brain development, executive function skills and early literacy.
What we do:
  • BBT shares a tested curriculum of games that have demonstrated effectiveness in strengthening executive function, self-regulation and early literacy in preschool aged children.
  • BBT hosts workshops and training events for parents, caregivers, educators and community members on topics such as early brain development, executive function skills and early literacy.
  • BBT is active in the community of Lethbridge partnering with local organizations to connect with caregivers and share the BBT Executive Function Curriculum.

Cameron Flaig

Independent Author

The author of the new Children’s Book “Sharks Do Hang Ten”; Lethbridge author Cameron Flaig doesn’t just bring passion and creativity to his newest book. He also brings with him a personal story that extends far beyond the printed pages of his book.   Cameron Flaig is a lifelong Lethbridge resident, a community ambassador and a dedicated volunteer. He has done significant work within the community as an entertainer. His work with children has lead him to become a trusted and well-recognized advocate by various organizations across the city. Cameron has always been a tireless supporter of the community, the arts, and the fostering of imagination and compassion within the youth of Lethbridge.   Cameron is bilingual, plays multiple musical instruments, and belongs to several athletics groups....He is also, by the way, living with a disability.   Cameron has suffered from seizures his entire life. As a child, he had episodes very frequently, and while medicine and an increased understanding of his sei-zures has helped him live with Seizure Disorder, he still experiences a seizure several times per week.   All the while, Cameron was fostering a love of story-writing. He estimates he has written 70 children’s stories over the years. Recently, he was inspired to publish his first book. With the support of his family and friends as well as illustrator Cirrus Stone, Cameron has now made that a reality. Cameron hopes that “Sharks Do Hang Ten” is just the first of many books. But most of all, Cameron wants his book to bring a smile to the faces of the children who read his work. Perhaps too, his endeavour will help show the world, including those living with a disability, that what you can accomplish is entirely up to you, and not your diagnosis

Canadian Union Of Postal Workers


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.  

Children’s Services South Region – Placement Resources


  Children's Services South Region will have information available on how to become a foster parent or kinship care provider. They will provide the opportunity to ask questions about connecting with relatives in foster care and act as a first line of contact for them.

Churros Anyone


We are a family run business with a passion for Churros! Look for us at events in Alberta

CKXU 88.3 FM


CKXUlove and records          

Crepe Affair


#Outdoor Booth

Crepe Affair About 13 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

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?

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.

Environment Lethbridge


Environment Lethbridge was founded in 2012 by a group of concerned citizens and business owners who wanted to see Lethbridge take action to become more environmentally sustainable.

Our Mission

Environment Lethbridge inspires and equips people to create widespread community action and engagement towards sustainability.

Our Vision

Lethbridge is a sustainable community and all residents are actively engaged in contributing to its sustainability.

Strategic Plan

We have identified four goals to guide our work.
  1. Environment Lethbridge achieves long-term organizational sustainability.
  2. The community has an understanding of Lethbridge’s environmental health.
  3. Residents are inspired to learn and take action to increase the environmental sustainability of their homes and businesses.
  4. City Council receives scientific and community input on environmental sustainability issues and policies.

Essential Edits

Writing & Publishing

  Robert Runté, Ph.D. (Senior Academic Editor, Writing Coach) Robert took early retirement from the University of Lethbridge to become a full-time editor; in particular, the role of Senior Editor at Five Rivers Publishing, a Canadian small press based in Ontario. He has so far edited over 30 books for Five Rivers, two of which were shortlisted for Aurora Awards. During his career as an academic, he has coedited a fiction anthology and a popular university textbook; written 14 book chapters, 14 journal articles, 7 encyclopedia entries, 3 commissioned government reports, and 1 curriculum resource (over 80,000 visits); presented 67 conference papers, 36 faculty, university and community presentations; and self-published ten open source resources (see the links page for those relevant to writers). As an experienced thesis supervisor and committee member, he has helped students write award- and scholarship-winning theses, and two of the theses he supervised were subsequently published as books. You can see him in this one minute video excerpt on teaching and research at the UofL. He was most recently honoured as Editor Guest at the When Words Collide Festival (2016); his Guest of Honour Speech was on English teachers, fan fiction, and the future of publishing.   Robert will be offering free consultations with writers about their manuscripts and/or writing careers at this year's Festival.   He will offer: feedback on the first few pages of their current manuscript, advice on approaching an agent, submitting to publishers, or choosing to self-publish, finding alternatives to professional editing, rewriting vs. writing, access to free downloads on thesis writing strategies, how to choose a thesis supervisor, writing a memoir, and other helpful online guides, etc.