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Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is a Taste Canada award-winning cookbook author and owner of Alberta Food Tours, Inc. Having grown up in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, she admits she didn’t feel at home in Alberta until she spent time on its farms with the wind blowing waves into the wheat fields and an endless sea of blue sky overhead. When not writing or leading tours, she loves to hike, and she is on a mission to stay at a different Alberta backcountry lodge each summer.

Food Artisans of Alberta: Your Trail Guide to the Best of our Locally Crafted Fare

Cooking Nonfiction

Will Big Bull

Will is from Brocket, Alberta. He loves singing and performing, and is happy to here today!

Ramona Big Head

Ramona Big Head, (Akais siskaakii – Many Sweatlodge Woman) is a Kainai mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, educator, playwright and director. She has written and directed about 26 drama productions over the past 20 years. For her M.Ed thesis she wrote a play about the 1870 Baker Massacre of Chief Heavy Runner’s Blackfoot camp. This play went on to perform in New York City. She is currently a PhD Candidate out of the University of British Columbia. Her area of research is examining the correlation between theatre and identity in Blackfoot youth. Neverland: Wendy’s Story was Ramona’s first collaboration with Cardston Community Theatre.

Erin Bow

Erin Bow is a former physicist turned poet and writer of novels for young people. Her first novel, Plain Kate, won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and was nominated for the, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the Sunburst Award. She has also written Sorrow’s Knot and two critically acclaimed science fiction books, The Scorpion Rules and The Swan Riders. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband, author James Bow, and their two daughters. Visit her online at

Stand on the Sky

Children's Middle Grade

Bryan Bradfield

Bryan will be playing rich, fluid instrumentals on the Hawaiian resonator steel guitar inside the library from 1:00pm – 2:00pm on Festival day.

Jim Brown

Jim Brown has been a journalist for more than 30 years. He is best known for his work on CBC Radio, most recently as host of the weekly current affairs program The 180. Prior to joining the CBC, Jim worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor. His first film, Radiant City, won the Genie Award for best documentary in 2008 and was named one of the 10 best films of the year at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Golden Boy of Crime is his first book.

The Golden Boy of Crime

Biography & Memoir Historical Mystery & Suspense Nonfiction

Mike Bruised Head

Mike Bruised Head – Ninnaa Piiksii  (Chief Bird) graduated from St Mary’s High school on the Blood Reserve in 1976. Received Bachelor’s of Arts Degree (BA) from University of Lethbridge in 1980. Served on Blood Tribe Chief and Council 1981 to 1983. Employed at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated college in 1984-85 as College Administrator. Executive director of Sikoohkotoki Friendship Center from 1986 to 1994. Convocated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from University of Lethbridge. Employed by Kainai of Board of Education as a high school teacher, vice principal and principle from 1996 to 2011. Obtained Master’s Degree (MA) from Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington (2003) in Administration and Supervision. Elected to Blood Tribe Chief and Council from 2011 to 2016. Formally created Kainai Eco-systems Protection Agency (KEPA) and served as chair for KEPA from 2012 to 2016. Chairman of KEPA Summit for the past four years, currently serving as an elder and academic advisor on KEPA committee. Organized the Partnership between KEPA, Earth Watch and Kainai High School for Blood Tribe Timber Limits Environment Assessment Program. Serves on the Oldman Watershed Council. Participated on the Crown of the Continent Roundtable Leadership Committee and Crown Partners. Involve in Kainai ceremonies and cultural events. Presently serving as chairman of University of Lethbridge FNMI Alumni Chapter. Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy, majoring in Social, Cultural and Political Thought for the Fall of 2017 at the University of Lethbridge.

Diandra Bruised Head

Diandra Bruised Head works as the Climate Change Coordinator for Blood Tribe Land Management. She convocated from the Lethbridge College with her Renewable Resources Management diploma, and subsequently, completed her undergrad at the University of Lethbridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in environmental sciences. During her post-secondary education, Diandra worked as a junior forest ranger crew leader, forestry technician, and wildlife technician; she found her passion in the outdoors and mingling with trees. As a Blackfoot woman, she aimed her studies on Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the importance of conserving and protecting native environments from an ecological and spiritual perspective.

Jenna Butler

Jenna Butler is the author of the poetry books Seldom Seen Road, Wells, and Aphelion; the essay collection A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge the of Grizzly Trail; and a new poetic travelogue, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard. Her research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and from volcanic Tenerife to the Arctic Circle, exploring human impact on lands under threat. A professor at Red Deer College, Butler lives with seven resident moose and a den of coyotes on an off-grid organic farm in northern Alberta.

Magnetic North

Biography & Memoir Nonfiction Poetry

Tania Carter

Tania Carter is an actor, playwright and poet whose work has appeared in anthologies and scholarly journals. A member of the Sto:lo Nation, she holds a BA in World Literature and a Masters Degree in Theatre, with a specialization in Playwriting. After living in Toronto for twenty years, she now lives in British Columbia.

Hope Matters

Biography & Memoir Poetry

Kyle Charles

Kyle Charles is a Plains Cree writer/illustrator who has co-created titles like Her Infernal Descent and the upcoming grahpic novel War Path. He is one of the contributors to the comics anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. While not drawing comics, Kyle is working in film,television, or the video game industry. He resides in Edmonton, AB.

This Place: 150 Years Retold

Cartoonist Comics & Graphic Novels Illustrator/artist Indigenous

Her Infernal Descent

Cartoonist Comics & Graphic Novels Fantasy/Sci-fi

Eileen Cook

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and television and include With Malice, The Hanging Girl (winner of the John Spray Mystery Award) and You Owe Me a Murder. Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada, provides writing and editorial coaching, and is a mentor/instructor for The Creative Academy and Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio. She lives in Vancouver.

You Owe Me a Murder

Mystery & Suspense Young Adult

Natasha Deen

Award-winning author Natasha Deen spent the first part of her life in Guyana, then her family moved to Calgary, Alberta, which she found terribly exciting until her first minus-forty-degree winter day, at which point she began to question the sanity of the grown-ups around her. She currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, dogs, and cats, and regularly entices the muses to her office with offers of cupcakes and tea.

In the Key of Nira Ghani

Fiction Young Adult

Erin Dingle

Erin Dingle tells it like it is. Whether it’s sad, silly, science or NSFW, they “take that confused feeling or idea you’ve never had words for and paint it into poetry you’ll understand.”  Dingle talked her way onto the Finals stage at the Canadian Independent Poetry Slam competition five years in a row. She placed 2nd in 2015. In 2016, she received the first Zaccheus Jackson Nyce Memorial Award for Poetry and Community Spirit.  Dingle has rocked the mic for Ted-x, the YWCA, the Peter Gzowski Invitational, Poverty Talks, and numerous other poetry and spoken word festivals across Canada. She teaches classes and workshops on exploring emotional resilience through writing and performance in Calgary schools, camps like fYrefly and Wordsworth and at multiple other youth and adult events.

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Eric Dyck

Eric Dyck is a cartoonist and art educator living in Lethbridge, AB. He has shared his love of cartoons and comic-storytelling in art galleries, museums, schools and libraries throughout Alberta and New Brunswick. Eric has been documenting his experiences and adventures in Southern Alberta through his webcomic, Slaughterhouse Slough. Eric uses his comic strip to share about the people that he meets, the stories that he hears and as a means of learning more about the history of Southern Alberta.

Ecuadorian Roots

Ecuadorian Roots is the new folkloric dance troupe of the Ecuadorian Social Club of Lethbridge, with members from Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, France and Mexico. They enjoy sharing the varied and colourful folklore of this small yet beautiful and diverse South-American country. For those of you who have not heard about Ecuador, it is located on the Equator (latitude 0), South of Colombia and North of Peru. With over 18 ethnic groups and a generous biodiversity, this small country is very rich in both nature and culture. Eucadorian Roots will perform dances of the Pacific Coastal region of the country, on Marimba and Montubio rhythms.

Anne Emery

Named “one of Canada’s finest novelists” (Ottawa Review of Books), Anne Emery is a lawyer and the author of the Collins-Burke mystery series. She has won an Arthur Ellis Award, an Independent Publisher Book Awards silver medal, and a Dartmouth Book Award. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Though the Heavens Fall is her tenth novel.

Though the Heavens Fall

Fiction Mystery & Suspense

Eric Braun Band

Eric Braun is an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist. Taking influence from song writing legends as well as guitar heavyweights, Eric has taken the influences of his heroes and melded them into a style that is uniquely his own.


Having released his debut EP, “Clear Your Mind” in July 2017, Eric is currently busy promoting the EP, as well as preparing for his follow up release.

Francis First Charger

Francis First Charger is the proud father of two children. Francis and his wife, Judy First Charger has been together since 1977. They have four 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 Dhillon School of Business 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.

Alvin First Rider

Alvin First Rider works as an Environmental Technician at Blood Tribe Land Management and was a participant of the pilot Indigenous Climate Change Observation Network project. Alvin has earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Salish Kootenai College, and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management from Blackfeet Community College. Since 2009 Alvin has worked in various capacities for the Kainai Nation in the environmental field.

Susan Forest

Susan Forest grew up in a family of mountaineers and skiers, and she loves adventure. She also loves the big ideas found in SF/F, and finds fast-paced adventure stories a great place to explore how individuals grapple with complex moral decisions.  Susan is also an award-winning fiction editor, has published over 25 short stories,  and has appeared at many international writing conventions. She loves travel and has been known to dictate novels from the back of her husband’s motorcycle.


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Bursts of Fire

Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction

Dan Fox

Naatsikapoina (Two Gun), Dan Fox

Through the wisdom and guidance of his Elders and his late mother, Naatsikapoina has become an advocate for the buffalo and for Blackfoot cultural revitalization. Dan was born and raised in Kainai as a member of the Many Children Clan. Dan and his family operate a ranch just north of Cardston, where the buffalo he raises become the bridge to span the relationship and cultural gaps that exist between Blackfoot Elders and youth, and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Dan also works for Kainai Children Services where he helps to connect Blackfoot children in foster care with their family, language and culture in the Kainai community.

For Dan, the buffalo is his walk of life. The buffalo are a tool for him to translate and share knowledge between worlds. He believes strongly in Ai’aoskiikowaata–or the importance of creating a path or legacy for the generations that come after you. The Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee honours Naatsikapoina, Dan Fox, for his dedication to connecting all peoples to Niitsitapi and Inii (buffalo) culture.

Rebecca Gorman

Rebecca Burnham Gorham is a Cardston mother with a passion for theater and its ability to transform those who participate in it. She’s been writing, directing and performing in plays and musicals for some 25 years. As past president of Cardston Community Theatre, her primary objective was to harness the power of theater to build understanding, friendship, and belonging between the peoples of Cardston and Kainai. The collaboration experience in Neverland: Wendy’s Story was transformative for her, and she is deeply honoured to be co-presenting with Ramona Big Head.

Christian Guay Poliquin

Christian Guay-Poliquin was born  just north of the US border in Saint-Armand, Québec in 1982. Le fil des kilometers, his first novel, was published  by both La Pleuplade and Bibliothèque québécoise in Québec, and by Phébus in France. It appeared in English as Running on Fumes (Talonbooks, 2016). The Weight of Snow is being translated into nine languages (includimg Spanish, Italian, German, and Czech), and is enjoying great public and critical success in France and Québec. He is now developing a thesis project on the hunting narrative and also works in renovation. The pencil on his ear serves to mark his measures as much as it does to record his ideas.

The Weight of Snow


Richard Hazard

Richard Hazard, named after the hero of an obscure eighteenth-century novel, make his debut in 2014 at Lethbridge’s annual cabaret, Pretty, Witty, and GAY. Since then, he has performed at Lethbidge Pride, Cardston Pride, and many times at Club Didi, where he often lip-syncs to music from the 1980s.

Hali Heavy Shield

Nato’yi’kina’soyi Holy Light that Shines Bright; Hali Heavy Shield is a member of the Blood Tribe of southern Alberta. A writer and artist, Hali explores various forms of language and literacy such as poetry, Blackfoot storytelling, photography, and graphic art. Ms. Heavy Shield is currently a PhD student and an arts-based researcher at the University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education.

C.P. Hoff

C.P. Hoff’s debut novel, A Town Called Forget, was published in 2016 and long-listed for the Leacock Medal in 2017. She lives with her husband and children in small-town southern Alberta, where she is a contributor to the local paper. She is also a WordBridge board member.

Anna Humphrey

Anna Humphrey has worked in marketing for a poetry organization, in communications for the Girl Guides of Canada, as an editor for a webzine, as an intern at a decorating magazine and for the government. None of those was quite right, so she started her own freelance writing and editing business on top of writing for kids and teens. She lives in a big, old brick house in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband and two kids and no bats. Yet.

Megabat and Fancy Cat


Hazel Hutchins

Hazel Hutchins has written over 50 books for children and young adults and has received numerous awards for her work including her latest picture book, Anna at the Art Museum (2018). She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Anna at the Art Museum


In Cahoots

Don Cassell (voice, harp, guitar), Eya Kelly (voice & uke) and Dil Jopp (bass) formed In Cahoots in June 2017.  With two strong song writers in the band it didn’t take long for them to find original material for their first album.   Megan Brown (violin) officially joined the band in the final stages of the recording of ‘Across the Coulees’ in the fall of 2018.


Alt-folk seems to be the best description of In Cahoots’ sound.  But you cannot deny the strong blues and roots influences in their performances. Based out of Lethbridge, Alberta, In Cahoots has played in local venues, live on CJXU88.3fm and at festivals (ie Soulfest 2018′ & AppleFest ’18/’19)

Karlynn Johnston

Full-time professional blogger, baker, and recipe maker KARLYNN JOHNSTON can usually be found fluffing her culinary feathers on her award-winning website, The Kitchen Magpie. When she’s not there, she’s busy avoiding her deadlines by sneaking away to eat at her favorite Edmonton restaurants, finding a new bourbon cocktail to drink, or playing on social media. Karlynn lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband and two children.

The Prairie Table: Suppers, Potlucks & Socials: Crowd-Pleasing Recipes to Bring People Together

Cooking Nonfiction

D'Arcy Kavanagh

D’Arcy Kavanagh is a Lethbridge-based mystery novelist who turned to fiction after 40 years in journalism as a reporter, editor, freelancer and instructor. Since retiring from journalism, he has produced five novels in a series featuring Paul Burke, an ex-pro cyclist from Montréal who lives on the French Riviera and whose work as a blogger and broadcaster keeps him close to the sport he knows so well – and to unexpected events demanding investigation. Canadian Cycling magazine called Kavanagh’s first book The Bastard is Dead “the perfect summer read.”

Dale Ketcheson

Dale Ketcheson will be sharing the exciting sounds of the classical guitar with Festival goers from 12:00pm – 1:00pm inside the library.

Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan writes about Muslim teens who straddle cultures. She was born in Germany, spent her teens in Bangladesh, and lived in Macao, Illinois, and Texas before settling down in British Columbia with her husband, two daughters, and the best puppy in the world. Visit her online at

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Fiction LGTBQ+ Young Adult

Sandra Lamouche

Sandra Lamouche- Champion Hoop Dancer & Award Winning Educator

I believe that Native cultures are the epitome of healthy and balanced living. Dance is one way we can return to the holistic ways of life practiced by our ancestors- Nitona Miyo Pimadisiwin (Seeking a Good Life), which is a balance of spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health.

The concept of ‘Nitona Miyo Pimadisiwin’ is described by Dr. Micheal Hart (Cree) as a process of learning, growing and being-in- becoming (seeking one’s purpose in life). Hart’s book ‘Seeking Mino-Pimadisiwin An Aboriginal Approach to Helping can be found here:

Lethbridge Highland Dance Association

The Lethbridge Highland Dance Association (LHDA) is a non-profit society organised to foster and preserve the tradition of highland dancing, with special encouragement to the young dancer, and contribute whenever possible to the community. It is part of the Alberta Highland Dancing Association, which in turn is part of ScotDance Canada, and adheres to the regulations of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD), the world body that sets rules and standards for competitions and teachers of highland dancing.


The LHDA was founded in September of 1976, and makes its presence in the community felt by organising dance-outs (exhibitions in public venues), and an annual highland dance competition held each second Saturday in May. Additionally, dancers in the community often perform at cultural events such as Canada Day, Heritage Day and Burns’ night celebrations. Our instructor, Kandi Russell, teaches highland dance in Magrath and Lethbridge to dancers from Southwest Alberta.

Halli Lilburn

Halli Lilburn explores multiple genres including steampunk, scifi, horror and poetry. She has works published with Tesseracts, Leap Books, Renaissance Press and many others.  She is an editor for The Dame Was Trouble through Coffin Hop Press and freelance with She is also an artist, librarian and mother of three.

Caryn Lix

Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.

Containment (A Sanctuary Novel)

Fantasy/Sci-fi Young Adult

Alex Lyttle

Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and four children. His first novel, From Ant to Eagle, was based on his experiences as a doctor and won several awards. The Rise of Winter steps away from the medical world and enters that of fantasy – a world created during bedtime stories for his eldest daughter. When not working or writing, Alex enjoys… well… it doesn’t really matter what he enjoys because he mainly just chases toddlers around the house.

From Ant to Eagle

Children's Middle Grade

The Rise of Winter (Terra Protectorum Book 1)

Children's Fantasy/Sci-fi Middle Grade

Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle is the author of a number of critically acclaimed works including: Ravensong, Bobbi Lee Indian Rebel, Daughters Are Forever, Celia’s Song (which was long listed for CBC Canada Reads and a finalist for the ReLit Award), I Am Woman, First Wives Club, Talking to the Diaspora, Memory Serves: Oratories, and My Conversations with Canadians, which was a finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Award and the First Nation Communities READ 2018-19 Award, and continues to be a nonfiction bestseller. She is also the co-editor of the award-winning My Home As I Remember. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. Maracle received the J.T. Stewart Award, the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Blue Metropolis Festival First Peoples Prize, the Harbourfront Festival Prize, and the Anne Green Award. Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University, is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. A member of the Sto:lo Nation, Maracle currently lives in Toronto and teaches at the University of Toronto.

Hope Matters

Biography & Memoir Poetry

Michael McCreary

Michael McCreary is a stand-up comedian who has performed across North America. He uses stand-up to dispel misconceptions about Autism Spectrum Disorder. He lives in Toronto.

For more about Michael, check out his website,

Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

Biography & Memoir Nonfiction Young Adult

Mary-Anne McTrowe

McTrowe’s creative activities have included such diverse areas as sculpture, photography, performance, mail art, video, and painting and drawing. She was a member of the now retired art-ernative folk-rock band The Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonoréalistes with Daniel Wong, and was a founding member of Trapdoor Artist Run Centre in Lethbridge. Her solo work, as well as her collaborative work with The Cedar Tavern Singers, has been shown in Canada and the United States.

Mary-Anne will be playing the Ukulele inside the library from 2:00-3:00pm on Festival Day.

Carson Morton

Carson is a cartoonist and graphic-recorder based out of Magrath, Alberta. His playful humor often shows in his art… sometimes eliciting a chuckle, and sometime a groan. (Q: When is a super-villian like a baked potato? A: When they have been FOILED!)

Antoine Mountain

Antoine Mountain has received many awards for his art, community activism, and athletic achievement—including the nwt Premier’s Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Commemorative Medal, the Tom Longboat Award—and was recently inducted in the NWT Sport Hall of Fame. Mountain is currently completing a Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario but will always call Radelie Koe (Fort Good Hope), Northwest Territories home.

Find out more at

From Bear Rock Mountain: The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor

Biography & Memoir Indigenous Nonfiction

Ruth Ohi

Ruth Ohi has illustrated more than fifty children’s books, several of which she has also written, including the Fox and Squirrel books, Scribble, and Shh! My Brother’s Napping. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce, and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

No Help Wanted!

Children's Illustrator/artist

Fred Penner

A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 45 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference. He has released 13 albums with 10 JUNO Award nominations and three wins, spent 12 seasons (and nearly 950 episodes!) hosting the hit CBC TV show, Fred Penner’s Place, was first kid’s performer to headline the Los Angeles Amphitheater, is a Member of the Order of Canada and Member of the Order of Manitoba, and was an Ambassador for World Vision. But at the end of the day, Fred loves making music and connecting with audiences of all ages.

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is an artist and an art instructor living in Lethbridge. Claire studied at  MacEwan University and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge.  As the president of the Trap Door Artist run center, Claire is dedicated  to the promotion of contemporary visual art that is challenging and experimental. Claire is a jack of all trades when it comes to her artistic practice. She  creates everything from  ceramic sculpture to encaustic painting and is writing/ illustrating a children’s books series.  Her passion for many art forms is shared through teaching art in many mediums and to many age groups.



Waubgeshig Rice

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. He currently works as a multi-platform journalist for CBC in Sudbury. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling. Waubgeshig now splits his time between Sudbury and Wasauksing.

Moon of the Crusted Snow

Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction Indigenous

Pam Robertson

Pam Robertson got her first serious crack at writing for hire when her sixth grade teacher asked her to ghost write a story. Now armed with a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies and a passion for writing, she has worked as a technical writer and instructional designer, magazine columnist, and content writer. She has also enjoyed working as a food writer and celebrity chutney chef. Last year,  Pam launched Border Pieces, the first novella featuring forty-something Canadian spy Morgan Winfeld, and this fall there are two new books coming out.

Robert Runté

Robert Runté, PhD is Senior Editor at and Chair of WordBridge, the Lethbridge & Area Writers Conference each Feb. He self-published over 150 issues of various SF zines back in the days before the internet, worked as Senior Editor for Five Rivers Publishing (a smallpress based in Ontario) for a decade, and now helps independent authors as a book editor. He has sold short stories to a variety of magazines and anthologies,  three of his stories were selected for “best of year” collections, and one story was short-listed for an Aurora Award. He is a former university professor and has three Aurora Awards for his literary criticism.

Matilde Sanchez-Turri

Matilde Sanchez-Turri was born in Calgary and was raised in Southern Alberta in Claresholm and on a farm near Nanton. With parents from Italy and Spain, Tilly’s cultural identity is entwined with good food, and she loves to cook and bake fine Italian delicacies from recipes passed on to her by her mother.

Food Artisans of Alberta: Your Trail Guide to the Best of our Locally Crafted Fare

Cooking Nonfiction

Lorimer Shenher

Lorimer Shenher was born and raised in Calgary, living there until his move to Vancouver in 1991. Lorimer’s first love has always been writing. He worked as a copy runner for the Calgary Herald, before venturing off into the world of weekly newspapers in rural Alberta, working as a reporter and photographer covering the Junior Hockey, local crime and political beats. He joined the Vancouver Police Department as a constable in 1991, taking assignments in Patrol, Communications, the Prostitution Task Force, the Strike Force, Homicide/Missing Persons, Diversity Relations, Financial Crime, and the Threat Assessment Unit, including numerous undercover assignments. In 2013, Lorimer took medical leave from policing to receive treatment for a Post-Traumatic Stress Injury and continues to work toward recovery. He retired from the VPD in 2018.

In 2015, Greystone Books published That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, Lorimer’s memoir of working on Vancouver’s Missing and Murdered Women file and an exploration of how the Vancouver Police Department failed to protect vulnerable people. It was named a 2015 Globe & Mail Top 100 Book. In 2015, Lorimer began a gender transition to male. He continues to write and in 2017 graduated with an MA in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, winning the Founders Award for his cohort. His thesis project was an audio documentary called Where Did That Come From? Which explored the rise of the missing and murdered indigenous women as a major issue in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.

His second book, This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man releases from Greystone Books in March 2019. He currently lives with his family in Vancouver.

This One Looks Like a Boy

Biography & Memoir LGTBQ+ Nonfiction

The Steve Keenan Band

The Steve Keenan band is a Blues rock band from Lethbridge Alberta featuring Steve Keenan: Guitar and vocals, David Popovitch: Bass, Darwin Romanchuk: Drums and Gary Drayton: Keyboards and backing vocals.

Together they cover a wide variety of blues and southern rock music combined with several original songs written by Keenan. In 2017 they were a supporting act for  The Glorious Sons, as well as other touring bands who have performed in Lethbridge. In 2018 the band was featured on a compilation album along with other local musicians which was released the same year. With their raw, powerful delivery of the blues, they continue to captivate their audiences with their live performances. The Steve Keenan band is a band you definitely don’t want to miss!

Alice Tinordi

Alice will be showcasing her talents playing the accordion inside the library from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

J. Torres

Torres is a Filipino Canadian comic book writer perhaps best known for his work on Teen Titans Go for DC Comics. Other notable works include the Eisner Award-nominated Alison Dare, the Parents Choice Award-winning Brobots, and the Junior Library Guild section How to Spot a Sasquatch. Among other accolades is a Shuster Award for “Outstanding Writer” for his work on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Love as a Foreign Language, and Teen Titans. More information at:

How to Spot a Sasquatch

Children's Comics & Graphic Novels Middle Grade

Teen Titans Go!

Cartoonist Children's Comics & Graphic Novels

Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club


Troyanda is a non-profit organization that promotes Ukrainian Culture within the local community of Lethbridge, and throughout Southern Alberta.



Killa Watt

Killa Watt’s performances and personas are neither created nor destroyed. Their performances are a constant source of transformation and evolution. They’re a blend of rock, nerd, geek and everything in between. Let Killa Watt resonate in your neuro-circuits.

Tyra Whitson

“With a soulful acoustic style, Tyra [Whitson] immediately pulls the listener in … the true craft of a remarkable songstress” – Bear Radio, 2016.

Tyra Whitson is an independent singer/songwriter from Lethbridge, AB, Canada. Drawing from personal and emotional experiences, Tyra began writing music during her teen years. Now ten years into her musical journey, Tyra has crafted a style all her own by blending Acoustic-Folk and Soul inspired vocals to create an intimate and raw live performance.


Audrey Whitson

Audrey J. Whitson’s first book, Teaching Places (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2003), a memoir about how the land teaches, was shortlisted for the Wilfred Eggleston Award, Grant MacEwan Author Award and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year (body/mind/spirit category). Stories from The Glorious Mysteries (Thistledown, 2013)—a collection set in Alberta, California, and Mexico—were shortlisted for the Howard O’Hagan Award and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her latest book is The Death of Annie the Water Witcher by Lightning. Her poetry and essays have been published in many magazines and anthologies and have also won awards. Audrey lives in Edmonton. To learn more about her work, visit

The Death of Annie the Water Witcher by Lightning


Teresa Wong

Teresa Wong is a Calgary-based writer and artist who had three children in less than five years. At first, she feared motherhood would destroy her but is pleasantly surprised to find herself continually remade. When the kids are asleep, she writes and draws pictures. When she is asleep, it’s never for long. Dear Scarlet is her first book.

Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression

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