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 joined us in 2016. 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!
Writing & Publishing
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/
Amelia Lionheart has been writing for many years and is the published author of five books for children. She has a diploma in writing from the Institute of Children's Literature, Connecticut, USA. Amelia, who has lived and worked in several countries, believes very strongly in the conservation of wildlife and, in particular, the protection of endangered species. She is convinced that awareness of this issue, when imbued in children atan early age, is a vital step towards saving our planet. As a member of several nature/wildlife preservation organizations, including the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, she invites children and their families to become involved with local zoos and conservation centres and to support their important work, both by creating awareness and fundraising. To encourage this, she created a group called the 'Junior Environmentalists and Conservationists' (the JEACs) in the first book of her JEACs series, Peacock Feathers. In the other books, the JEACs travel to various countries, having adventures while enlarging their group and encouraging local children to start groups of JEACs in their own countries. As of June 2014, Amelia has five groups of JEACs in Canada. The JEACs continue to evolve and are currently involved in fundraising for established organizations such as the Calgary Zoo, WWF Canada, the Whooping Crane Foundation, Calgary Rehabilitation Wildlife Centre, Humane Society, the Bird Sanctuary, the Fish Hatchery, and other local and international groups. Amelia's other interests include environmental issues, volunteer work and fundraising. She believes that if people from different countries explore the diversity of cultures and learn from one another, they will discover that they have more similarities than dissimilarities. Many of these ideas are included in her books. http://www.jeacs.com/
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
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
Bonnie Randall lives in a forest at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada.
Scribbling stories in coil-bound notebooks from the age of 9, Bonnie’s first attempts at prose featured wicked dolls, evil grandmothers—oh, and a romantic hero who just happened to be a professional ice hockey player (go figure). Clearly much has changed yet nothing has changed; Bonnie is still a sucker for true love, soul mates, smudgy shadows and things that go bump in the night.
Yet while writing has been the passion, social work has been the calling and, within a career spent in both Child Protection and addictions counseling, Bonnie has come to believe that it is our relationships—with people and environments—that shape our souls and craft what, ultimately, becomes the human experience.
A Scorpio to the core, Bonnie’s passion is, well, passion—and mysticism, creepiness, and all things arcane. Her stories explore what love looks like in the face of paranormal peril for “Till death do us part” is, after all, only an illusion…
Love never dies.
Welcome to Bonnie’s page and her fictional world
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 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/
Brenda Fisk has fostered nine wonderful little girls and is also bona fideauntie to dozens of nieces, nephews and greats. It's safe to say that shelikes kids of all sizes. Her first children's book (electronic version), LOST, Book 1 of The MagicalAdventures of Miki and Siku, is FREE for foster kids. If you are a fosterfamily or related organization, please contact the publisher to requestyour digital copy. This book is suitable as a read-alone for ages 7+, orcan be read to younger children. Publisher contact: www.mischievousbooks.com
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:
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. http://www.cupw.ca/
Literacy and Arts Organizations
Chinook Arch Regional Library System is a proud Community Partner of the Word On The Street Festival. They will be offering a button making activity at their booth 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
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/
Writing & Publishing
We are very excited that CVS Midwest Tape and Hoopla Digital will be joining us this year as an 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 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 new 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
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
Editors Canada will be hosting a Blue Pencil Café at their booth from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Festival day. 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 thewww.editors.ca
Launched in January 2014, Environment Lethbridge was formed to build relationships between business, government and local organizations in order to improve and promote sustainability in Lethbridge.