Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Come out this year to meet and listen to a number of talented Canadian authors! There will be a Kids Corner stage, proudly sponsored by Astro Insurance, filled with a line-up of amazing children's authors, a Teen Zone stage programmed to cater to young adults with a variety of interests, and the Canadian Heritage stage and Lethbridge Herald stage with authors for adults. Don’t forget to also visit our Workshop tent for various workshops on many diverse literary topics including song writing, book making, poetry, Metis jigging and storytelling and a panel discussion on blogging and podcasting. See below for a list of all of the amazing authors joining us for 2016!

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Marvic Adecer

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Friends of the LPL Workshop Stage: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

 

Marvic Adecer will be joining this year’s Word On The Street Festival to share his expertise with us all on the Podcasting Discussion Panel on the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library Workshop Stage.

 

 

This is Blackfoot Territory is a podcast that explores topics such as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Black History Month, Métis Identity, and community organizing, all from a Blackfoot perspective.

 

Wayne Arthurson

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Canadian Heritage Stage: 2:00 – 2:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

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Friends of the LPL Workshop Stage: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Wayne Arthurson will be a part of the Blogging Discussion Panel on the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library Workshop Stage, as well as, presenting his book, The Traitors of Camp 133, on the Canadian Heritage Stage from 2:00pm – 2:45pm with a book signing to follow.

 

 

Wayne Arthurson, 2016 writer-in-residence for Edmonton libraries, is a freelance writer and novelist whose work won the 2012 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Wayne is the author of several history and mystery books, including the popular Leo Desroches mystery series and the new Sergeant Neumann mysteries. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his family.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Arthurson/e/B001K7XHMK

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Southern Alberta Language Assessment Services

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The Traitors of Camp 133

Fiction Historical Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Blood Red Summer

Fiction First Nations Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Todd Babiak

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Lethbridge Herald Stage: 11:15 – 12:00

Book Signing: 12:00-12:45

 

Todd Babiak is an award-winning author and screenwriter. His most recent novel, Come Barbarians, was a Globe and Mail book of the year and a #1 regional bestseller. His earlier work includes The Garneau Block, which was a #1 regional bestseller, a longlisted title for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the winner of the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and, Toby: A Man, which was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal and won the Alberta Book Award for Best Novel. Todd Babiak is the co-founder of Story Engine, a consulting company based in Edmonton and Vancouver.

 

 

http://toddbabiak.com/

 

This Author is proudly sponsored by D.A. Building Systems

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Son of France

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Linda Bailey

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Astro Insurance Kids’ Corner Stage: 12:00 – 12:45

Book Signing: 1:00 – 1:45

 

Linda Bailey is the author of more than two dozen books for children, including the Stevie Diamond mystery series, the Good Times Travel Agency graphic novels, and an eclectic assortment of picture books including If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur and the acclaimed Stanley’s Party. She has won awards across North America such as the California Young Readers’ Medal, the Georgia Storybook Award, the Ontario Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Awards, the Oregon SMART Award and the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Born in Winnipeg, Linda has now traveled around the world, and so have her books. She has two grown daughters, Lia and Tess, and lives in Vancouver within strolling distance of the sea.

 

 

http://www.lindabaileybooks.com/

 

This author is proudly sponsored by the Children’s Literature Round Table

 

Seven Dead Pirates

Children's Middle Grade

Erin Bow

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Photo Credit: Jay Parson

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Scotiabank North Teen Zone Stage: 2:00 – 2:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

Erin Bow is the author of The Scorpion Rules, which received three starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year; the acclaimed Russian-flavored fantasy Plain Kate, which received two starred reviews and was a YALSA Best Book of the Year; and the terrifying YA ghost story Sorrow’s Knot, which received five starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Visit her at

 

ErinBow.com

 

This Author is proudly sponsored by Lethbridge Lodge

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The Swan Riders

Fantasy/Sci-fi Young Adult

Amy Bright

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Scotiabank North Teen Zone Stage: 4:00 – 4:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

Join local author Amy Bright for a writing workshop just for teens!  Amy will share her best writing tips and tricks, and you’ll get to stretch your writing muscles with fun writing games.

 

Amy Bright was born in Alberta, grew up in California and Florida, went to university in New Brunswick and British Columbia, lived in Boston, and then Alberta once more. She is an essayist, short story writer, blogger, and most recently novelist, currently living in Lethbridge, Alberta. She received her BA from Mount Allison University, New Brunswick and her MA from the University of Victoria, BC.

 

She loves reading, and writes about some of her favourite books at her book review blog Girl to the Rescue, which she started as a way to read more YA books in university. After finishing her MA in English she took a much needed year off, before beginning her PhD in English in Alberta on children’s and young adult literature. If you are interested in her academic work, it can be found in the Journal of Children’s Literature and Studies in Canadian Literature. Before We Go (Red Deer Press, 2012) was Amy’s debut YA novel, a break-out critical success, and she has recently followed it up with Swimmers (Red Deer Press, 2014).


For more information on Amy and her books…

 

Visit her website: amybrightbooks.blogspot.ca

Visit her book review website: girltotherescue.blogspot.ca

Follow her on twitter: @abright20

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Flaman Sales and Rentals

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Before We Go

Young Adult

Swimmers

Young Adult

Sigmund Brouwer

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Astro Insurance Kids’ Corner Stage: 2:00 – 2:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

With close to three million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. One of his latest novels, The Last Disciple, earned Sigmund an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America.

 

Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta.

 

http://www.rockandroll-literacy.com/

 

This author is proudly sponsored by CVS Midwest Tapes and Hoopla

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Barra Cuda

Children's

Jenna Butler

 

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Canadian Heritage Stage: 1:00 – 1:45

Book Signing: 2:00 – 2:45

 

JENNA BUTLER is the author of three books of poetry and ten short collections with small presses. Butler teaches creative writing and eco-criticism at Red Deer College. In the summer, she and her husband live on a small organic farm near the historic Grizzly Trail in Alberta’s north country.

 

http://www.jennabutler.com/

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts and the Writers’ Union of Canada

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A Profession of Hope

Biography & Memoir Nonfiction

David Carpenter

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Canadian Heritage Stage: 3:00 – 3:45

Book Signing: 4;00 – 4:45

 

David Carpenter was born and raised in Edmonton. He first began writing as a translator in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Before becoming a full-time writer he was a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and during this time he taught English classes to aboriginal students in Prince Albert. His first novel, Banjo Lessons, won the City of Edmonton Book Prize (1998). His collection of novellas entitled Welcome to Canada (2009) won Fore Word Review’s silver medal for short fiction (Michigan) and the Independent Booksellers’ Association gold medal for Western Canadian Fiction (New York) in 2010. In the following year, his memoir, A Hunter’s Confession, was awarded Saskatchewan’s Book of the Year. He is married to the artist Honor Kever.

 

This author is proudly brought to you by Canada Council for the Arts

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The Education of Augie Merasty

Biography & Memoir First Nations Nonfiction

Joan Crate

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Canadian Heritage Stage: 12:00 – 12:45

Book Signing: 1:00 – 1:45

 

Joan Crate was born in Yellowknife, North­west Territories, and was brought up with pride in her Indigenous heritage. She taught literature and creative writing at Red Deer College, Alberta, for over 20 years. Her first book of poetry, Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson, has become a classic. Her first novel, Breathing Water, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award (Canada) and the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1989. She is a recipient of the Bliss Carman Award for Poetry and her last book of poetry, SubUrban Legends, was awarded Book of the Year by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. She lives with her family in Calgary.

 

www.joancrate.com

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Flaman Sales and Rentals

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Black Apple

Fiction First Nations Historical

Geneviève Després

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Astro Insurance Kids’ Corner Stage: 3:00 – 3:45

Book Signing: 4:00 – 4:45

 

Diplômée en Design industriel à l’Université de Montréal en 1992 et après quelques années de travail dans ce domaine, Geneviève Després décide de se rapprocher de sa passion première, le dessin.  Elle se tourne donc vers l’illustration et y réalise plusieurs contrats dans divers domaines tel publicité, éditorial, packaging, etc. Les hasards de la vie l’amènent à faire une pause professionnelle pour aller jouir de son congé de maternité en Europe en 2003. Elle séjourne 3 ans à Paris et en Italie où elle en profite pour grignoter des chocolatines, visiter des foires du livre jeunesse, manger des pâtes, voir des expositions, déguster du fromage, s’inspirer du style illustratif Européen, savourer de la « gelato » , explorer différentes techniques artistiques et boire du bon vin italien! Depuis son retour au Québec en septembre 2006, elle illustre avec grand bonheur des albums jeunesse. Geneviève a son studio à la maison avec une magnifique vue sur le golf et ses multiples écureuils!

 

Les images de Geneviève sont cocasses et remplies de tendresse et d’expression. Elle s’applique à créer des compositions variées et inusitées qui surprendront et amuseront le lecteur à chaque page. Tout dépendant de l’histoire, elle choisie le médium et le support selon l’atmosphère qu’elle veut donner au livre. Certains de ses albums ont été peints avec de la gouache ou de l’acrylique directement sur un carton de boîte Lego (dont ses garçons raffolent) ou bien sur des sacs d’épicerie en papier kraft. Elle utilise parfois des échantillons de tapisserie pour ajouter motifs et textures. Vivement la récupération! Pour d’autres projets, elle aime travailler la transparence et la spontanéité de l’aquarelle sur un bon vieux papier blanc.

 

Geneviève adore voir petits et grands s’esclaffer de rire devant ses images et elle rêve d’être publié jusqu’au Bout du Monde!

 

Geneviève Després completed a degree in Industrial Design at the Université de Montréal, but decided instead to pursue her first passion: drawing.

 

 

She turned to illustration, and worked in the fields of educational publishing, advertising, editorial, and children’s literature. She then spent a few years in Europe, where she gave birth to her second child and looks for inspiration and explores different techniques. Since September 2006, the bulk of her work has consisted in illustrating children’s books for the largest publishing houses in Quebec & Canada.

 

The artist employs a variety of techniques and plays with texture and the transparency of different mediums to create unique images. Tender and whimsical, they appeal to the child within us all.

 

Geneviève now lives in Saint-Lambert on the south shore of Montreal with her family.

 

http://www.genevievedespres.ca/

 

This author is proudly sponsored by the University of Lethbridge Modern Language Department

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The Little Knight Who Battled Monsters

Children's Illustrator/artist

The Little Knight Who Battled The Rain

Children's Illustrator/artist

Jolene Draper

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Friends of the LPL Workshop Stage: 11:15 – 12:00

 

Jolene has been writing original music for over 15 years and performing for over 10. She has some great songwriting tools, such as, years of vocal lessons, guitar lessons, creative writing classes, music and theory lessons which help her with her song compositions.

 

Jolene will be providing a Song Writing Workshop at the Festival this year. The group will be going over some of her songs and talking about song structure , arrangement, a little bit of theory and the source of her inspiration. The group will also discuss the importance of being in time, in key and what has helped Jolene achieve all of this over the years.

Eric Dyck

Join Eric Dyck for an All Day Comix Jam at the Word On The Street Festival!

 

Eric Dyck is a cartoonist living & working in Lethbridge! His comic strip, Slaughterhouse Slough, explores the history, vegetables, critters, and people of his new Southern Alberta home. Eric’s comic stories are developed from research, interviews and eavesdropping.   Eric also teaches cartooning & comics classes for children and youth, and his freelance illustration work can also be found in magazines, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, and city hall.  Eric has also served as the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery’s Cartoonist in Residence, drawing his eavesdropping comics live, in front of his eavesdroppees.  Eric hosts and moderates the Lethbridge Drink & Draw, which is an opportunity for young artists and doodlers to hang out with experienced illustrators and comickers.  In 2015, Eric curated “Slaughterhouse Slough: The Colouring Book”, an all-ages colouring book featuring some of his favourite Southern Alberta artists.  In spring of 2016, Eric released his fifth mini-book collection of comics, “Slaughterhouse Slough: Back to the Bible Bill Hour.

Website: ericdyck.com
Comic: slaughterhouseslough.com
Twitter: @mr_ericdyck
Facebook: facebook.com/slaughterhouseslough
Instagram: instagram.com/slaughterhouseslough

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Comics Illustrator/artist

Francis First Charger

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Astro Insurance Kids’ Corner Stage: 11:15 – 12:00

 

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B93.3/Country 95 Main Stage: 10:50am to 11:00am

 

 

Francis First Charger will be performing a Blackfoot Blessing to open the Word On The Street Festival at 10:50am – 11:00am, as well as, a 45 minute Blackfoot Storytelling session in the Astro Insurance Kids Corner tent from 11:15am – 12:30pm.

 

 

Francis First Charger is the proud father of two children. Francis and his wife, Judy First Charger has been together since 1977. They have three grandchildren. Francis has many traditional and spiritual children too many to list.
Francis First Charger was born and raised on the Kainai First Nation (Blood Indian Reserve). He was raised in the traditional, cultural and spiritual ways of the Blackfoot people. He has six diplomas in agricultural and several letters of recognition and a certificate in management and accounting. In 2003 received an honorary Degree of Blackfoot Eminent Scholar – from Crow Community College – Kainai Ph.D.
Recently, Francis First Charger Ninnaisipistoo “Owl Chief” received the top award as Distinguished Alumnus from the Lethbridge College on April19, 2013. Francis was also the recipient of the 2010 Life Time Achievement Award presented by the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge. These are only a few of the many accomplishments First Charger holds. He is an accomplished traveler, having seen the world from many different angles. His corporate and cultural travels have brought him to Japan, three times on BTAP matters, to such places as Italy to speak as a guest lecturer and Guatemala on an education endeavor.
Presently, Mr. First Charger serves on several committees: Affordable Housing Committee and SHIA Leaders Council for the City of Lethbridge and Cultural Advancement Committee for the University of Lethbridge (U of L). He works for the Faculty of Management at the U of L under its elders’ program.
Ninnaisipistoo: Owl Chief now provides advisory services to many different organizations, institutions and individual entrepreneurs on and off the reserve including local, provincial and federal government organization or departments
Contact Information:
Francis First Charger: Ninnaisipistoo (Owl Chief)
E: firstchg@telus.net
P: 403-737-2660
CL 403-330-3943

Jay Gamble

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Friends of the LPL Workshop Stage: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

 

Jay Gamble will be providing an Avante Garde Poetics Workshop on the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library workshop Stage.

 

 

Jay Gamble was born and raised in London, Ontario. He completed his BA and MA at the University of Waterloo, where he wrote his thesis on the work of Robert Kroetsch. He completed his PhD at the University of Calgary, which focused on the ethics of nothingness in Canadian prairie literature. His first book, Book of Knots was published in 2015 by BookThug. Some poems from Book of Knots have appeared, in different versions, in Shift and Switch: New Canadian Poetry. Jay currently teaches English at the University of Lethbridge and is the proud father of two sons.

 

www.bookthug.ca

 

 

 

 

Book of Knots

Poetry

Joey Going

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Friends of the LPL Workshop Stage: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

 

Joey Going will be sitting on the Blogging Discussion Panel taking place on the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library Stage.

 

Joey Going is from a small town and wears big glasses (when she’s not wearing her contacts, that is). She now calls Lethbridge home with her husband, daughter, and cat named Kitty. For as long as she can remember she has loved to read and write and she started the blog *Life on a Lark* in 2015 as an outlet for her ideas.

 

 

To do something on a lark is to do it on a whim or just for fun, which pretty much sums up Joey’s outlook on life. She loves finding joy in the simple things and can often be found laughing at her own jokes. She also loves drinking tea, crunching leaves under her feet, eating yummy food, and hanging out in the shade in the summer time.

 

 

You can catch her writing about parenthood, food, and other cool things at: https://lifeonalark.com/

Blaine Greenwood

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Canadian Heritage Stage: 4:00 – 4:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

Blaine Greenwood, born in Viking Alberta 1951, is an educator by profession – with a career spanning from classroom teacher to  museum educator and event planner. It is from this foundation that Blaine’s poetry has come to reflect his interest in psychology, history and spirituality. His verse has been described as “dark, homespun, sensual, rich with images.”

 

 

The title of Blaine’s first chapbook Walking Naked Down the Street describes the experience of a writer baring his soul to the public. A selection of his poems have been published in the Interpscan Journal (Canada), in Our Journey (Oregon, USA), and in Mudlark Press’ Rags: Journal of Creative Writing.

 

 

Blaine was one of the Coordinators of MOST VOCAL Poets Society. He is currently one of the artistic directors of Lotos Land spoken word / poetry venue at Fort Macleod Alberta’s South Country Fair and DJ for CKXU’s  Not Your Mother’s Poetry.

 

 

http://www.ekstasiseditions.com/recenthtml/blackcat.htm

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts

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Black Cat in the Shadows

Poetry

HBO3

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B93.3/Country 95 Main Stage: 11:30am – 12:15pm

 

HBO3 IS A JAZZ TRIO BASED OUT OF LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA FOCUSING ON MORE CONTEMPORARY JAZZ STANDARDS AS WELL AS ORIGINAL WORKS.
THE TRIO FEATURES JAMES OLDENBURG ON GUITAR, BRAD BROUWER ON DRUMS, AND PAUL HOLDEN ON BASS.
ALL THREE MUSICIANS HAVE AN EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND IN A VARIETY OF MUSICAL STYLES, AFFORDING THEM A BUSY SCHEDULE INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY.
YOU WILL ALSO FIND HBO3 AS THE CORE RHYTHM SECTION FOR LARGER ENSEMBLES IN A VARIETY OF GENRES, AS WELL AS PROVIDING BACK-UP FOR VISITING SOLO ARTISTS.

 

Jolene Draper & The Inquisitive Few

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B93.3/Country 95 Main Stage: 1:30pm – 2:15pm

 

 

Jolene Draper & The Inquisitive Few consists of five band members: Jolene Draper on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Steve Martin on bass and vocals, Keenen Pezderic  on drums and vocals, James Oldenburg on lead guitar and Matthew Wiebe on keys. They have played such venues such as The Slice, Owl Acoustic Lounge, Average Joes, Bo’Diddly’s, The Wolf’s Den and events such as October Fest downtown and of course The Word On The Street Festival. They play a mixture of recognizable folk, rock and pop songs as well as originals.

 

Jolene Draper and The Inquisitive Few will be performing on the Main Stage, which is PROUDLY sponsored by B93.3 and Country 95.5.

 

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Tracey Lindberg

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Lethbridge Herald Stage: 1:00 – 1:45

Book Signing: 2:00 – 2:45

 

Tracey Lindberg is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community. She is an award-winning academic writer and teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous law at two universities in Canada. She sings the blues loudly, talks quietly and is next in a long line of argumentative Cree women. This is her first novel.

 

http://www.traceylindberg.ca/

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts

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Birdie

Fiction First Nations

Kate Lines

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Lethbridge Herald Stage: 2:00 – 2:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

Kate Lines joined the Ontario Provincial Police in 1977. Her early days at work comprised uniform patrol, undercover drugs, fraud and major crimes. In 1991, she completed the FBI’s Criminal Profiling Fellowship Program in Quantico, Virginia, the second Canadian to graduate from the program. Lines later became the first female Director of Intelligence Bureau. Much honoured during her 33-year policing career, Lines received the Officer of the Order of Merit Medal, Queen’s Commission, International Association of Women Police Excellence in Performance Award, Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Excellence in Performance and Team Endeavours Award and Canadian Police Leadership Forum’s Police Leader of the Year award. She currently acts as a consultant to businesses and police forces and on TV shows such as Rookie Blue and Flashpoint.

 

This author is proudly sponsored by local music artists: Uncovered who will be performing on the Main Stage at the Festival at 3:30 – 4:15.

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Crime Scene

Biography & Memoir Mystery/Suspense/Horror Nonfiction

Mwansa Mwansa

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B93.3/Country 95 Main Stage: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

 

 

Known for her “sultry yet powerful” vocals, Mwansa Mwansa has been actively immersed in the music scene in Southern Alberta, studying both Classical music at the University of Lethbridge, as well as Jazz and Contemporary styles at Grant MacEwan University. As a vocal instructor, Mwansa takes great pleasure in teaching others on how to perfect their vocal craft. Her admiration and knowledge of diverse musical styles is evident in both her sound and delivery.

 

Mwansa has performed numerous times with New West Theatre, including their production of “Bandstand”, “Party On!”, and “Cut Loose”. She has also been involved with theatre at the University of Lethbridge, playing a lead role in “Hair” and vocal directing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Currently, Mwansa is enjoying a recent project that includes performing locally with her band mates- Aaron Collier, Brad Brouwer, Paul Holden and James Oldenburg.

 

 

Nintendo Dads

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Friends of the LPL Workshop Stage: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

 

Justin Masson from Nintendo Dads will be joining the Festival to speak on the Podcasting Panel Discussion taking place on the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library Workshop Stage

 

Nintendo Dads is a weekly podcast that was started in October 2014 with 3 fathers that grew up playing video games and are now raising their own little gamers. The show covers news, rumors and game impressions but tackles topics through the lens of parenting including screen time, game violence and gender roles and portrayals in video games. The show is family friendly and can be found on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.

 

Nintendo Dads can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Patreon.

 

https://www.facebook.com/NintendoDads/

 

 

 

Ryan North

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Scotiabank North Teen Zone Stage: 3:00 – 3:45

Book Signing: 4:00 – 4:45

 

Ryan North is a writer who lives in Toronto, where he writes Dinosaur Comics (you can read them for free at qwantz.com<http://qwantz.com/>!), wrote the Eisner and Harvey award-winning Adventure Time comics (these ones cost money!), co-edited the #1 bestselling anthology series Machine of Death (you can read that at machineofdeath.net<http://machineofdeath.net/> for free!) and writes the Eisner-nominated Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series for Marvel (again: they want your $$$).  His latest book, Romeo and/or Juliet, allows YOU to play through and make the decisions for Shakespeare’s heroes, which is absolutely a great idea and won’t cause them to get into trouble three choices in.  He once messed up walking his dog so badly it made the news.

 

Find out more at ryannorth.ca

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Kapow Ltd.

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Dinosaur Comics

Comics Young Adult

Romeo and/or Juliet

Comics Illustrator/artist Young Adult

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Comics Young Adult

Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette

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Scotiabank North Teen Zone Stage: 1:00 – 1:45

Book Signing: 2:00 – 2:45

 

At the age of three, Aaron Paquette was terrified and enchanted by his Mother’s impersonation of Gollum while reading The Hobbit. It was then that he knew he wanted to tell stories. As an artist, his work has gone around the world. As a speaker he is in great demand for his powerful messages. As a writer, Lightfinder is his first novel, which won a 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature. Aaron lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his wife and children.

 

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This author is proudly sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts

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Lightfinder

Fantasy/Sci-fi Young Adult

Shane Peacock

 

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Astro Insurance Kids’ Corner Stage: 2:00 – 2:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

Shane Peacock is an award-winning novelist, playwright, journalist and television screenwriter. His bestselling series for young adults, The Boy Sherlock Holmes, has been published in ten countries in twelve languages and has found its way onto more than forty shortlists. He enjoys reading, spending time with his kids, playing and coaching hockey, and visiting schools, conferences and festivals across North America to speak about reading and writing. Shane lives in the countryside north of Cobourg, Ontario. For more information, visit

 

www.shanepeacock.ca

 

This author is proudly sponsored by CVS Midwest Tapes and Hoopla

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Separated

Children's Middle Grade

Roy Pogorzelski

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Friends of the LPL Workshop Stage: 12:00pm – 12:45pm

 

Roy will be performing Métis Jigging and Storytelling on the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library Workshop Stage.

 

 

Roy Pogorzelski is Métis from Saskatchewan, his family comes from the northern communities of Meadow Lake and Green Lake.  Roy has been Red River Jigging for many years, he has instructed groups in Regina, Lethbridge and Pincher Creek.  Roy has jigged at many conferences, community events, schools and overseas in Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.  Roy comes from a very traditional family where story telling has been a large component of his cultural learnings.  Roy has instructed in Indigenous Studies at the University of Regina and has worked on International Indigenous Rights overseas in Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.  Currently, Roy works for the City of Lethbridge as the Inclusion Consultant focusing on equity and diversity and co-owns a small business named Pogo Bros.

 

www.pogobros.com

 

Roy will be performing Metis Jigging and Storytelling for the Festival in the friends of the Lethbridge Public Library Workshop Tent.

 

Johnny Pogo

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B93.3/Country 95 Main Stage: 2:30pm – 3:15pm

 

Johnny Pogo will be hosting 4 local comedians who will perform on the B93.3/Country 95 Main Stage

 

 

From a young age, Johnny Pogo has been craving the spot light. A standout drama performer in high school, his performing arts career took a side note when he entered University to study business. Now that he has created his own entertainment company called Pogo Bros, his focus is back on taking to the stage. He started doing stand up comedy last year, and has recently ventured into the world of emceeing events. You have maybe heard him announcing at the Rotary Dragon Boat festival, Tour of Alberta 2016 or at Oktoberfest Lethbridge. Never one to back down from a gig, John is excited to act as the host for the first stand-up comedy gig for the Word On The Street Festival this year!

Daniel Poliquin

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Lethbridge Herald Stage: 4:00 – 4:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

Daniel Poliquin is one of Canada’s leading French writers. His novels and translations have won or been shortlisted for several major awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the Grand prix du Journal de Montréal, the Prix littéraire Le Droit, the Trillium Book Award, and the Giller Prize. He is also a Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et lettres and a Member of the Order of Canada. The Angel’s Jig was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2016.

 

http://www.douglas-mcintyre.com/author/daniel-poliquin

 

This author is proudly sponsored by the University of Lethbridge Modern Languages Department

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The Angel's Jig

Fiction

Michael Saad

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Lethbridge Herald Stage: 12:00 – 12:45

Book Signing: 1:00 – 1:45

 

Michael Saad is a full time teacher who, when not lesson planning or marking, tries to squeeze in fiction writing as a past-time to keep him from hounding government officials on education, health care, the economy, and the environment.   He is happily married to his wife Jodi, and together they have two wonderful children.  They reside in Lethbridge, Alberta where Mike can escape to the nearby Provincial & National Parks for seclusion from his semi-frequent disillusionment of provincial, federal, and international politics.  While there, he spends too much time looking up to the stars and sky, imagining a world with no greed, exploitation, dictators, terrorists, or pollution.   Mike’s previously published works have appeared in First Light Anthology, The Forgotten Side of the Border, Orange Magazine, Open Minds Quarterly, B.C. Historical News, Halfway Down the Stairs, Nil Desperandum, The Cross and the Cosmos, Heater Magazine, Under the Bed, SQ Mag, Fiction on the Web, and Youth Imagination Magazine.

http://tumbleweedbooks.ca/

 

 

All The Devils Are Here

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

David Skuy

 

 

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Astro Insurance Kids’ Corner Stage: 4:00 – 4:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

DAVID SKUY is a lawyer, a writer and a hockey fan to the core. He spent most of his childhood playing some sport or another: hockey, soccer, football, tennis and a few others. What he remembers most is the intensity, the competitiveness, and the sheer enjoyment of playing a sport you love when you’re young. He has written five books in the Game Time series; a standalone novel called Undergrounders, winner of the Silver Birch Award; and two previous, multi-award nominated books about Bryan “Rocket” Rockwood – Rocket Blues and Last Shot. David lives in Toronto, Ontario.

 

 

Visit him at www.davidskuy.com

 

This author is proudly sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Book Award

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Ice Time

Children's Middle Grade

Barbara Smith

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Canadian Heritage Stage: 11:15 – 12:00

Book Signing: 12:00 – 12:45

 

Barbara Smith was born and raised in Toronto and lived most of her life in Edmonton before settling in Victoria in 2006. Barbara is a full-time writer whose work is inspired by a love of mystery combined with her lifelong interest in social history. She has published over thirty books, twenty of which are collections of true ghost stories, including these perennial bestsellers, Ghost Stories of Alberta, Ghost Stories and Mysterious Creatures of British Columbia, Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains, and Canadian Ghost Stories. Barbara was the author chosen to join Discovery Channel’s search for the identity of Canada’s Mad Trapper. She is a comfortable public speaker who understands the value of book promotion and cherishes her relationship with independent book sellers.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/4305.Barbara_Smith

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts and the Writers’ Union of Canada

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Campfire Stories of Western Canada

Fiction

Robin Stevenson

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Scotiabank North Teen Zone Stage: 12:00 – 12:45

Book Signing: 1:00 – 1:45

 

Robin Stevenson is the author of twenty books for children and young adults. Her newest book is her first work of non-fiction, and is called Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community.  Robin’s most recent YA novels are Under Threat and The World Without Us. Her other titles include The Summer We Saved the Bees, which is currently a finalist for the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Red Cedar Award and the Chocolate Lily award; Inferno, which was a ALA Rainbow List selection, Record Breaker, which won the 2014 Silver Birch Award, and A Thousand Shades of Blue, which was a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist. Robin was born in England, grew up in Ontario and Australia, and now lives in Victoria, BC, with her partner and son.

 

http://robinstevenson.com/

 

Robin Stevenson is proudly sponsored by Lethbridge Pride Fest Society

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Pride

Young Adult

Under Threat

Young Adult

Richard Stevenson

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Canadian Heritage Stage: 4:00 – 4:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

Richard Stevenson recently retired from a thirty-year teaching stint at Lethbridge College. He has bought a house in Nanaimo and will be moving back to his beloved Vancouver Island home as soon as his wife retires. His most recent published works include A Dog Named Normal (Ekstasis Editions, 2013), Fruit Wedge Moon (Hidden Brook Press, 2015), and Rock, Scissors, Paper: The Clifford Olson Murders (Grey Borders Press, forthcoming).

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts

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The Heiligen Effect

Poetry

Danika Stone

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Scotiabank North Teen Zone Stage: 11:15 – 12:00

Book Signing: 12:00 – 12:45

 

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series andCtrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

 

Visit her website here: http://www.danikastone.com/

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Flaman Sales and Rentals

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All The Feels

Young Adult

Jeremy Tankard

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Astro Insurance Kids’ Corner Stage: 1:00 – 1:45

Book Signing: 2:00 – 2:45

 

Jeremy Tankard was born in South Africa and lived in the U.S. before moving to Canada. After a childhood of drawing and writing, he attended  the Alberta College of Art and Design, where he studied drawing and printmaking. After years of commercial illustration, he returned to his love of storytelling and began creating his own books. In 2008 he was nominated for the CBA Children?s Illustrator of the Year Libris Award. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit him online at

 

www.jeremytankard.com

 

This author is proudly sponsored by Go West Media

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Hungry Bird

Children's Illustrator/artist

Alice Tinordi

Alice will be sharing her talents with us on the accordion inside the library from 2:00pm – 3:00pm by the customer service desk on the upper floor.

Uncovered

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B93.3/Country 95 Main Stage: 3:30pm – 4:15pm

 

 

Uncovered will play on the Main Stage at the Festival this year and is derived of experienced band members from previous bands. Our main focus is popular covered songs from the 50’s to today, which we play acoustically. They are also a proud sponsor of the Festival this year as they have donated their performance fees back to the Festival this year. THANK YOU Uncovered! We appreciate your support!

Check us out on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Uncovered-510843129033646/?fref=ts

Or Youtube at Uncovered inLA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIry_d7XbUw

 

 

Julie Van Rosendaal

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Lethbridge Herald Stage: 3:00 – 3:45

Book Signing: 4:00 – 4:45

 

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Friends of the LPL Workshop Stage: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

 

Julie will be sitting on the Blogging Panel Discussion on the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library Stage, as well as, talking about her new book, Out of the Orchard, on the Lethbridge Herald Stage witha book signing to follow.

 

 

Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of seven bestselling cookbooks, including In the Dog Kitchen, Spilling the Beans and Gatherings. For the past decade, she’s been the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She’s also the food editor of Parents Canada magazine, contributing food editor at Western Living and a freelance writer who contributes regularly to publications across Canada. Many know Julie from her popular food blog, DinnerwithJulie.com, which documents real life in her home kitchen in Calgary, Alberta, where she lives with her husband and son.

 

http://www.dinnerwithjulie.com/

 

This author is proudly sponsored by BC Tree Fruits

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Out of the Orchard

Cooking Nonfiction

Eric Walters

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Astro Insurance Kids’ Corner Stage: 2:00 – 2:45

Book Signing: 3:00 – 3:45

 

Recently named a member of the Order of Canada, Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade-five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. Eric has published ninety novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. One of his most common themes involves the Canadian heroes featured in his novels and helping students to become aware of the greatness of their country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

 

For more information, visit http://www.ericwalters.net

 

This author is proudly sponsored by CVS Midwest Tapes and Hoopla

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Jungle Land

Children's Middle Grade

Deborah Williams

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Friends of the LPL Workshop Stage: 4:00 – 4:45

 

Deborah Williams will be facilitating a Book Making Workshop on the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library Workshop Stage.

 

The early years of my life have had a profound influence on me and my desire to engage in the creative process to make art.   I was born at the west coast and spent my early years there as well as in the Okanagan Valley.  Much of the time I spent outdoors in rural British Columbia.  Here the pastoral landscape became deeply embedded in me.  I loved the water – creeks and rivers, lakes and oceans and their beaches.  What grew in them fascinated me.  Nature for me was and still is a marvel and a refuge.  I observed the natural process of growth and decay that the seasons brought and reflected upon them.  A sense of place became meaningful for me at a young age.  In the spring the old grasses got lit on fire to make way for new growth.  I remember playing in the charred remains and smelling of smoke.  My collections and treasures as a young child were shells, rocks, dried seaweed, pressed leaves, chestnuts – in and out of their shells, unusual pods, pressed wild flowers, nests, bird’s eggs and skeletal remains of birds…Thus, the organic world fashioned a place of exploration where many things caused delight and I developed a keen sense of wonder that has only grown richer over the years.   Is it any wonder that I became enamoured with book-making, a way of creating a record that reflects and is intended to give a sense of continuity with our past and future?  My hands have found joy in their creations.

 

You can make contact with Deborah at

debinchina07@hotmail.com