Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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

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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 book and magazine festival!

Alberta Health Services


  Visit Alberta Health Services inside the library Children's Department during the festival!

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! http://www.albertamagazines.com/

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: albertaviews.ca

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  

Art with Purpose


  Here at Art with Purpose, we are fundraising towards urgent and relevant causes around the world. By combining our skills and interests we hope to raise not only funds, but awareness as well in regards to global issues.  

CURRENT: 1. Library for Fanuel School: Art with Purpose is currently raising funds to create a library for Fanuel Primary School in Mchinji, Malawi. In May 2019, we are planning on heading to Malawi for several months to establish the library. Money going towards this cause will help to purchase materials necessary for the library. This project is led by Aaron Maluwa, an outreach representative from Museums of Malawi. Aaron has been working alongside the University of Lethbridge for more than ten years as the main organizer (from the Malawi end) of the Field Study offered by the university.
PREVIOUS: 1. Nets for Malawi: In May 2016, the two members of our page travelled to Malawi through the University of Lethbridge to deliver mosquito nets to rural areas and run workshops on malaria prevention at schools. Money that went towards this cause helped to purchase mosquito nets for the communities we met with during our month long Field Study.

Beth Towe

Independent Author

Beth Towe calls Waterton Lakes National Park home. A tourism product designer, her collaborative programs have garnered national and international acclaim including British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award. An early proponent of eco-tourism, Towe’s Trail of the Great Bear initiative, the Waterton Wildflower Festival and Wildlife Weekend are identified as the first eco-system based tourism programs. Her articles and publications  expound the value of tourism and conservation in partnership.     Bert Riggall was a legendary guide and outfitter in the Waterton Lakes region of the Canadian Rockies in the early 1900’s. He shared his deep love and knowledge of the area with his guests and neighbours.  An outstanding photographer, Riggall captured the magnificent scenery from his saddle horse as he traversed the high country with his clients. Those photographs fuelled an emerging tourism industry and set in motion the conservation of the Greater Waterton region.   It stopped me in my tracks.   When I saw my first Bert Riggall photo of a high country pack train, I was magically transported to the wild Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park.  It was astounding to imagine horse travel across the steep slippery scree slope at 8,000 feet.   Showcased in an historic photograph exhibit, one dramatic image after another was mesmerising. Riggalls early 1900’s photographs have been declared a national treasure as they captured the landscape and lifestyle of the era.   I was compelled that these extra-ordinary images needed to be a book. Working with the Bert Riggall Environmental Foundation and a stable of outstanding writers, the concept evolved as research uncovered a compelling story. The photographs and that story are of compassion and commitment across generations to the conservation of the region that is today of international significance.   Beth Towe

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 gift Stone, Book 1 of the Gifted Series, along with her last novel, the Virgin Diaries, offering both books for available for purchase. She will also be signing books and giving away free bookmarks. www.biancarowena.com

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
Email: bigjohnsbooks@gmail.com
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. http://www.downtownlethbridge.com/profile.asp?bPageID=2423

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.     http://www.cupw.ca/  

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.   https://www.alberta.ca/ministry-childrens-services.aspx

CKXU 88.3 FM


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

Cool Hand Luke’s Ice Cream


  Your classic local ice cream stand, on wheels!

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   http://crepeaffair.ca/

CVS Midwest Tape

Writing & Publishing

Midwest Tape is a full-service media distributor, working exclusively with public libraries since 1989. We offer the greatest selection of DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, Audiobooks, and Playaways, while providing our customers with an array of media solutions. We believe that libraries provide a door to a world of education and discovery, and through our products and services, we aim to help libraries keep that door wide-open.   Their booth will be located inside the library upstairs on Festival day.   https://www.cvsmidwesttape.ca/  

Cycling Corridor Functional Planning Study


About the Project

The focus of this study is to plan on-street, commuter cycling routes through Lethbridge connecting to key pathways and existing roadways as outlined in the City's Cycling Master Plan. This project will look at both on-street dedicated cycling lanes and shared cycling lanes. The scope of this study will identify cycling infrastructure along the major corridors of the cycling network identified in the first three stages of the Cycling Master Plan. These include:
  • 4 Ave. S from Scenic Dr. S to Stafford Dr. S
  • 6 St. S from 3 Ave. S to 7 Ave. S
  • Stafford Dr. from 5 Ave. N to 7 Ave. S (excluding Highway 3 and Canadian Pacific Railway bridge crossings)
  • 2A Ave. N from Stafford Dr. N to 13 St. N
  • Highway 3/1 Ave. S from Mayor Magrath Dr. to 32 St. S
Gathering input from public and stakeholders will be a vital part of this project. Community engagement will help identify existing concerns and issues along the corridors, develop options and test different solution to determine the preferred design.

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.

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.   http://www.essentialedits.ca/