Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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

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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!   Our Exhibitor Registration is currently SOLD OUT for the 2019 Festival, however, we are still taking registrations on a wait list for the tables inside our existing tents with the expectation that a few tables will open up and we also still do have some outdoor spots available. Please contact us for details.

French Language Centre


The French Language Centre is a part of the University of Lethbridge's Modern Languages Department under the Faculty of Fine Arts and Science.   U of L Faculty of Arts and Science Logo DELF logo.circle   What is the study of Modern Languages all about? In today's globalized context, students of modern languages are being prepared for membership in a global community that extends far beyond the boundaries of the English-speaking world. You will gain awareness of other cultures through courses in language, literature, and culture and civilization, and through academic and living experiences in francophone Canada or abroad. Our department plays a key role in training students to function in the major international languages of East and West: French, German(currently not available), Japanese, and Spanish. Small class sizes ensure that students benefit from close interaction with peers and individual attention from instructors. Students have access to a study room and state-of-the-art computer and audio labs. Our department is also a pioneer in computer-assisted language learning. All students, whether they are majoring in a language or not, can enjoy the enriching experience of a study visit in francophone Canada or abroad. Foreign destinations include France, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and Japan. Course credit acquired at the host university may be transferable back to the University of Lethbridge. For students who do not opt for a study visit, opportunities abound at the University to speak French, German, Japanese or Spanish with international students. Linguistics, the study of universal aspects of language and speech production, is also integrated into the curriculum. In addition, Linguistics is a requirement for students pursuing graduate studies in other fields such as Speech Pathology.   U of L Modern Languages Photo   www.frenchlanguagecentre.ca

Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library

Literacy and Arts Organizations

#Outdoor Vendor

Friends of the LPL The Friends of Lethbridge Public Library are joining the Festival again this year as a the very proud Title Sponsor for 2018! They will also be joining us as an exhibitor with their much anticipated book and DVD sale from their collection at an outdoor tent on the street. http://www.lethlibfriends.ca

Helen Schuler Nature Centre


Helen Schuler Nature Centre is one of the Festival's proud Community Partners! They will be providing an interactive experience and craft for festival attendees to learn about the seasonal changes taking place in Lethbridge in September (eg. fall migration). They will also be promoting upcoming Nature Centre events and programs and will answer questions that people may have about nature. http://www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Nature-Centre/Pages/default.aspx   https://www.facebook.com/FriendsHSNCSociety/

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division


  The Holy Spirit Catholic School Division - First Nations Inuit and Metis - will highlight current programs and practices that engage students in learning about the rich history, culture and traditions of FNMI communities within the Southern Alberta area.   They will also be offering Tipi art crafts for children at their booth!

hoopla digital

Writing & Publishing

Midwest Tape's hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows your patrons to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on their computer, tablet, or phone — even their TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips -- anytime, anywhere!   Their booth will be located inside the library upstairs on Festival day.   https://www.hoopladigital.com/

Islamic Da’wah Centre Lethbridge


The Islamic Da'wah Centre of Lethbridge is a non-profit organization located in Lethbridge. They will be giving away free books and information on the culture and history of Islam.

Jackie’s Kitchen


Visit Jackie's Kitchen in the food area for some traditional eats such as beef dip, bbq pulled pork, chicken or tuna croissants, deep fried oreos, cookies and pasteries, soup, salad and fries! You can contact Jackie at jackies.kitchen2017@gmail.com

Jessica Quarterman

Independent Author

Jessica Quarterman is a new author on the scene in Southern Alberta with her first children’s book, Remy. In this delightful book, she reflects on her time volunteering and fostering rescue dogs from all over the world. This story is enjoyable for all ages and for anyone with a rescue dog or who is thinking of adopting one someday.   Jessica has called Lethbridge home for the past 9 years after leaving her home in Fort McMurray Alberta to attend the Communication Arts - Print Journalism at Lethbridge College. She has always had a knack for storytelling and adventure which is reflected in her new book, Remy. Jessica will be on site, selling and signing her new book at this year’s Word on the Street Festival.

Krysta MacDonald

Independent Author


Who am I and why should you care? I suppose the short answer is no one really, and that is the point. There is nothing crazy impressive about me. I am definitely an everyday, average woman. I could tell you the basic details: Family (husband, no kids), Pets (two dogs and two cats), Education (BA in English, BEd in ELA Ed), Location (the freaking awesome Canadian Rockies), Interests (reading, writing, crafting, baking, photography, movie-watching, and so on), Day Job (high school English teacher).


But, as I try to point out in my writing, all of that is both a part of me and decidedly not all of me. It is interesting that a person is both the sum of her parts, but also not only a sum of her parts.

I have spent much my life lost in stories, whether between the pages of book or of my own imagination. I mainly write realistic fiction and personal narratives, but there are few genres in which I won't dabble.

I am inspired by the world around me. I love to travel, but also influenced by my own little bubble, my husband, my pets, my students, and the incredible place I call home.


Lethbridge Early Years Coalition


Why do the first 5 years matter?  Children's experiences in the early years shape the brain in ways that impact learning, mental and physical health, behavior and overall quality of life.
Did you know? 1 in 4 children are experiencing difficulties in at least one developmental area by kindergarten.
There are 5 main areas of competence:
  • Social Competence
  • Language and Thinking Skills
  • Physical Health and Well-being
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Communication Skills and General Knowledge
What we do:
  • Work with community to create positive environments for young children
  • Create awareness of the importance of the early years
  • Be a voice for the early years
  • Host community event
  Lethbridge Early Years Coalition will have a booth inside the Children's Department throughout the day during the festival. http://www.lethbridgeearlyyears.ca/

Lethbridge Historical Society



The Lethbridge Historical Society serves the area from Nanton south to the United States border.

The Lethbridge Branch of the Historical Society of Alberta was first formed in 1888 as a Scientific and Historical Society. This group met bi-monthly where “papers” were read. The Society disappeared in the 1890’s and then in 1923, due to the community’s concern for marking the memory of Nicholas Sheran and other early mining pioneers, the Historical Society was reorganized. It disappeared again in 1928 but was resurrected in 1935 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lethbridge. When the successful celebration ended, so did the historical organization.

In 1958, the Lethbridge City Council took the lead to get a Society organized as they were concerned at the lack of a museum and archives in the city and felt an historical society was the logical group to undertake development of such a facility. The Society was registered as The Whoop-Up Country Chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta. The organization was active in the Museum’s development and its operation until 1972 when it became too much for volunteers to operate and manage.

In 1986 the Society felt that it should be reincorporated as a chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta. Our name changed to Lethbridge Historical Society at that time.


The Lethbridge Historical Society maintains a working relationship with the Galt Museum & Archives. The Society maintains an office and its book inventory at the museum and many of our members volunteer there on a regular basis.


Lethbridge Pride Fest


Pride Fest   Lethbridge Pride Fest Society is a community based organization providing events for the acceptance and inclusion of our diverse community. We recognize and celebrate the history, the courage and the future of all Alberta’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two – Spirited, Queer, Questioning, Inter-sexed and Allied (LGBTTQQIA) Individuals and Communities.   http://lethbridgepridefest.com/

Macs & Custard


  Macs & Custard provides Lethbridge, Alberta with French macarons and frozen custard made completely by hand, using only the highest quality ingredients, regardless of origin.

Maple Leaf Publishing

Writing & Publishing

  We, Maple Leaf Publishing Inc., comprise of dedicated individuals with the vision of helping Authors achieve their goals. Driven with passion, we guarantee to deliver our promise with excellence. Our expertise, honed for more than a decade, enables us to adapt with haste to the latest book publicity campaigns. Our diverse staff's collective experiences have grown from working with traditional publishers and self-publishing companies. Our company has been founded with the vision of helping writers become notable authors. With our innovative team, building author’s reputation in the publishing industry while maintaining longevity of market visibility becomes inevitable. We make certain that our Authors earn the recognition they deserve. Our commitment as a reputable book publishing firm compels us to excel in whatever marketing endeavor we partake. Join Maple Leaf Publishing Inc. now and unravel the journey of your book’s success with us.

Our Mission

Our mission is to connect self-published authors to their target audience and publishers in Canada and around the world.   https://mapleleafpublishinginc.com/

Merilyn Ruth Liddell

Independent Author

I have been writing since I discovered I could in Grade One—mostly poems and personal essays. In Grade Three I earned accolades from my teacher for my use of the comma. Little of note happened since then in my writing career until I retired from teaching and decided to write a novel. When not hiking, birdwatching, snowshoeing, working in my yard, reading or volunteering, I write.

My first novel, Tomorrow, is  published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing .


Monica Zwikstra

Independent Author

I am a writer and author  of fantasy and a member of the Crowsnest Critters.  

We are located in the Crowsnest Pass,  Alberta, Canada.

I love gardening, cats , ASL, and dragons.


Parents as Teachers



About Us

Parents as Teachers is an innovative, evidence-based model using the best research available on child development to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Research shows that in the first few years children learn more - and at a faster pace - than at any other time in life. The first three years are an especially crucial time for building the brain architecture that supports all future development and provides a foundation for success in school, work and relationships. Parents, with the support of community programs and services, play a key role in launching their children on the road to success before they ever sit in a classroom. Parents as Teachers model-certified home visitors deliver four components of a cohesive package of services that are designed to identify and build on family strengths, capabilities and skills and build protective factors within the family.
Parents as Teachers will have a booth inside the library in the Children's Department during festival day.

Patricia Filteau

Independent Author

Patricia Filteau grew up in the boreal forest of northern Canada. She went on to live, work, and explore in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Her lifelong passion for open-water swimming connects her to the wilderness she knows and loves. Her novels are inspired by a career that took her from archaeology to small business to trade commissioner and diplomat. She lives and writes in Ottawa, Canada, and swims in Gatineau, Quebec. Patricia has two adult children. She will be attending the Festival this year to promote her Kate Roarty P.I. Series (Vantage Point (2016), Traces (2017) and coming in 2020, Steps).   https://www.facebook.com/pat.filteau

Penny Hodgson

Independent Author

Penny Hodgson was born in Weyburn, SK Canada in December 1965, given up for adoption, and adopted by a Regina, SK family in May 1966. By 1974, doctors discovered that Penny was born with severe bilateral hip dysplasia. This meant she would require multiple orthopedic surgeries over the course of her life to remain pain free and mobile. Penny's life challenges didn't stop there. She was molested by a family member as a young child, raped at 13 yrs old by the drunken father of two children she had been babysitting, and bullied throughout her school years for the way she walked. She would face sexual harassment in the workplace, and eventually find herself working with police and a provincial prosecutor to bring a fraudster to justice. Penny left behind a successful operational accounting career of over 20 years, went back to school and fulfilled her life's purpose of teaching others how to leave behind the emotional baggage from their own life's challenges, and enjoy life again. Mind Files is Penny's debut book describing the program she developed and uses in her holistic practice.   https://www.mindfiles.ca/

Piggyback Poutinerie


#Outdoor Vendor

piggyback   Come and check out the Piggyback Poutinerie, Lethbridge's FIRST all poutine restaurant, at the Word On The Street Festival! They will be serving their famous poutine along with mac & cheese bites and deep fried pickle spears. https://www.facebook.com/piggybackpoutinerie/