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Shazia Afzal


Shazia Afzal 
has been a teacher and storyteller for over twenty years. Having immigrated to Canada in 2002, Shazia sought to live near her community mosque with every move. Because of her firsthand understanding of the challenges Muslim families face in new communities, the incredible story behind the construction and transportation of the Midnight Sun Mosque resonated with Shazia. She felt compelled to share the story with children who may not have heard of its epic adventure and to remind young readers that it is a blessing to live in a country where people are free to practice their faith. Shazia lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

Journey of the Midnight Sun

Children's Nonfiction

Jacob Lee Bachinger

Jacob Lee Bachinger lives and works in southern Alberta on the edge of coulees and the Oldman River. He teaches at the University of Lethbridge and has had his poems published in The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Riddle Fence, and The Malahat Review among others. He is currently working on a book about his time in Labrador. Jacob lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Earth-Cool and Dirty

Poetry

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow is the bestselling author of 20 books. She sits on the board of Food & Water Watch, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and is a councilor with the World Future Council. She served as senior water advisor to the UN General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right. She is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates, the Right Livelihood Award and is the current chancellor of Brescia University. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Still Hopeful

Biography & Memoir Ecology Nonfiction

Alice Bissonette

Metis elder, Alice Bissonette.

Alice was born in Flin Flon Manitoba in August 1943 and attended school in Manitoba and Alberta. In 1963, Alice married David Roy Bissonette Sr. in Taber, AB they were blessed with four sons, seven grandchildren and five Indigenous foster children.

Alice is retired from the position as President of the Metis Local 2003 and now sits as elder for the Metis Nation. She worked hard during her tenure as president including working with the schools to present Metis sashes to Metis graduates. Alice worked with Metis Region 3 office and the Mayor’s office to get a road on the west side of Lethbridge named Metis Trail.

She is still raising awareness of Metis culture and pride, on any given day you can see her wearing one of her many Metis shirts. The Metis anthem, “Proud to be Metis” speaks volumes about pride in being Metis.

Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau

Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau is a writer of Cree origin. She has published three novels and four poetry collections in French. She received the 2020 Artist of the Year Award from the Conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec. She lives in Abitibi, in northwest Quebec.

The Lover, The Lake

Fiction

Bryan Bradfield

Local dobro player Bryan Bradfield is a fixture of the Lethbridge music scene and has sat in with many groups over the years, in addition to his solo shows.

Kai Brooks

Kai is a local teen out of Taber who has been performing since she was seven years old. She has performed at such venues as the Owl Acoustic Lounge and Taber Cornfest with her previous cover band, but has recently started focusing on her solo career. Thanks to some local musical mentors and a songwriting camp she has begun writing some original material. Her musical style is folk and her singing is truly heartfelt.

Bryant Watson Duo

The Bryant and Watson Duo has been performing in Lethbridge for over 10 years.  Focusing on a diverse range of genres, this acoustic duo covers songs from a multitude of eras.  With rich vocal harmonies and tasteful guitar, we hope to create a performance for all to enjoy!

Natasha Deen

Award-winning author Natasha Deen writes for kids, teens, and adults and believes the world is changed one story at a time. As a Guyanese-Canadian and a child of immigrants, she’s seen first-hand how stories have the power to shape the world. When she’s not writing, Natasha enjoys visiting schools, libraries, and other organizations to help people to find and tell the stories that live inside of them. She also spends an inordinate amount of time trying to convince her pets that she’s the boss of the house. Visit Natasha at http://www.natashadeen.com.

The Signs and Wonders of Tuna Rashad

Fiction Young Adult

Kit Dobson

Kit Dobson lives and works in Calgary / Treaty 7 territory in southern Alberta. His previous books include Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada and he is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. He grew up in many places across Canada, but returned again and again to the landscapes of northern Alberta where his family members settled – and that continue to animate his thinking.

Field Notes on Listening

Biography & Memoir Nonfiction

Eric Dyck

Eric Dyck is a cartoonist and art educator living in Lethbridge, AB. Eric has shared his love of cartoons and comic-storytelling with folks of all ages for more than twenty-five years. 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 to celebrate the critters and flora of Southern Alberta. Eric’s work can also be found in Wider Horizons, The Sprawl, and YYScene. Find out more at http://www.ericdyck.com/

Jonathan Dyck

Jonathan Dyck is an illustrator and cartoonist from Winnipeg, Manitoba—Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

He won a Silver medal for illustration at the 2021 Alberta Magazine Awards, won the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award for Children’s Illustration at the 2018 Manitoba Book Awards, and received a Gold medal for illustration at the 2018 Alberta Magazine Awards. His comics and illustrations have appeared in Broadview, Geez, Briarpatch, Prairie Fire, The Walrus, Popula, Literary Review of Canada, Carousel, 4Panel, Reader’s Digest Canada, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Alberta Views, and THIS Magazine.

Shelterbelts

Comics & Graphic Novels Fiction

Carter Felker

Carter Felker traffics in music, yes, but even more profoundly in essence: the humdrum essence of Monday morning alarms clocks coming round again during lifetimes ticking on through thoughtless dawn moments walking across the kitchen floor; the craven essence of sneaking wordlessly away from a relationship and feeling the mute screen door sag shut behind you; the essence of everyday struggles.

Francis First Charger (Ninnaisipistoo)

Francis First Charger is the proud father of two children, a daughter in Law. Francis and his wife, Judy First Charger have been together since 1977. They have four grandchildren, many traditional children and spiritual children too many to list. Judy serves as administrative assistant for their own consultant business.

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 financial accounting. He has been a Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) for three tribal election including the past 2016 elections and, Blood Tribe Health Board Election 2014, 2017 & 2019 and also for the 2005 and 2018 Kainai Board of Education elections.

Mr. First Charger has managed his own advisory and consultant services since 1994. He has been employed in some major projects such as the General Manager of the Blood Tribe Agricultural Project (BTAP) a $ 66.5 million dollar project. He was one of the people instrumental for coordinating the Japanese export of Timothy hay – eventually an annual $6.5 million dollar industry. Held the position of General Manager of Alberta Indian Agricultural Development Corporation (AIADC) when he was only 32 years old, an unprecedented feat being the youngest general manager of that company at the time.

On April 19, 2013 Francis First Charger Ninnaisipistoo “Owl Chief” (Agricultural Technology, ‘82) Received the top award of Distinguished Alumnus from the Lethbridge College. In 2010 awarded the Life Time Achievement Award presented by the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge. He successfully coordinated the “First Nations’ Land Use Certificate Program” with 12 graduates from the RCCC program (June 26, 2004). “This certificate was entitled first of its kind by a National Edge Magazine. Eleven of the graduates were immediately placed within the industry.” 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 business, and to such places as Italy to speak as a guest lecturer. International work for the Kainai/Blood Tribe, in the US for a special agricultural project and to Guatemala for Red Crow Community College.

Mr. First Charger has served on many committees in the past 20 years including on Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge, the National First Nation’s Forestry Program and a Kainai First Nation /Blood Tribe steering committee for an economic impact study. He was the special advisor to the former Lethbridge College President, Tracy Edwards.

Presently, Mr. First Charger serves on several committees U of L’s GFC Iniskim Education Committee & Indigenous Advisory Circle and on the Elder Committee and Board of Director for Opokaa’sin.

He works for the University of Lethbridge – Dhillon School of Business since September, 2008 has served as the Elder in Residence to provide counseling and advisory services to the Students, Faculty and Management also occasionally he provide Public Relation, Class Lectures and a host to the many visitors to the University. In 2019, Mr. First Charger received a 10 year recognition certificate from the U of L

Ninnaisipistoo: Owl Chief provides advisory services to various organization, on Blackfoot Cultural Sensitive Workshops also on /off reserve Corporations on: International Relations, Cultural, Academic Course Developments, Agriculture, Project Development and Implementation, as a cultural advisor and Public Relation for various causes.

Dan Fox (Ómahksípiitaa)

Through the wisdom and guidance of his Elders and his late mother, Ómahksípiitaa – Big Eagle (Dan Fox) has become an advocate for the buffalo and for Blackfoot cultural revitalization. Dan was born and raised on the Blood Reserve as a member of the Many Children Clan. Dan and his family operate a ranch just north of Cardston, where the bison 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 bison are his walk of life. The bison are a tool for him to translate and share knowledge between worlds. He believes strongly in Iiyikssko–or the importance of creating a path or leaving a legacy to follow for the generations that come after you.

Monroe Fox

Hello! My name is Monroe Fox. My Blackfoot name is Anatsikakato’saakii. I’m from the Kainai Nation from southern Alberta. I’m 18 years old, and i’m attending Univeristy of Lethbridge. Im doing a double major, Biology and Indigenous studies.

My interests are music, hiking and baking. I’ve learned various instruments, but I focus on piano and guitar. Don’t hesitate to say hi!

Barb Geiger

Barb Geiger writes space opera set in end-stage capitalism and is an editor for On Spec.

Gillian Goerz

Gillian Goerz is a Canadian illustrator, writer, cartoonist, and creator of the Shirley and Jamila series. Her illustrations can be found in books such as Ryan North’s choosable path adventures To Be or Not to Be and Romeo and/or Juliet. Her comics have been seen in The WalrusDescant Magazine, and the Humber Literary Review with frequent collaborator and award-winning author Mariko Tamaki. CBC Books named Gillian’s autobiographical comic “a highlight” of the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Shirley and Jamila's Big Fall

Children's Fiction Middle Grade

Isabelle Groc

Isabelle Groc is a writer, wildlife photographer, filmmaker and speaker who focuses on environmental issues, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species and the changing relationships between people and their environments. Her stories and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, and her wildlife films have been shown in communities and festivals around the world. She lives in Vancouver.

Conservation Canines

Children's Ecology

Deidre Havrelock

DEIDRE HAVRELOCK is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada. She was raised in Edmonton, Alberta with a ghost in her house, a feminist for a grandma, and wishing she had a Buffalo for a pet!

Buffalo Wild

Children's Indigenous

Leah Hennel

Leah Hennel is an award-winning photojournalist with more than 20 years experience. Her work appears in publications around the world, such as the Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Maclean’s and CBC.ca. She is also a staff documentary photographer for Alberta Health Services. Leah lives in Calgary.

Alone Together

Nonfiction

Shirley Hill

Shirley is a mother and a grandmother. She is a Fancy Shawl Dancer, indigenous artist, dance teacher, she shares cultural teachings – Blackfoot history (Niitsitapiisinni – Our Way of Life) with many students. Shirley loves to inspire and encourage young people to be proud of who they are; by showing compassion, caring and kindness.  Love, light and laughter

Bailey Kate

There is something weightless about Bailey Kate’s songs, they pass by with a kind of supernatural ease. Timeless songwriting and dexterous arrangements are the cornerstones of her debut record “Within / Without.” The songs give a first impression of simplicity, but layers and lyrical complexity reward the attentive listener. On “Within / Without,” Bailey explores relationships, community, and existential dread with clear-eyed sincerity.

Jesmeen Kaur Deo

Jesmeen Kaur Deo grew up in northern British Columbia, where she spent most of her childhood daydreaming. She loves books that can make her laugh and tug at her heartstrings in the same paragraph. When not wrapped up in stories, she can be found biking, playing the harmonium, or struggling to open jars. TJ Powar Has Something to Prove is her debut novel.

TJ Powar Has Something to Prove

Fiction Young Adult

Debbie Kelman

Indigenous Artist & Researcher

Deborah Kelman Member of the Piikani Nation – Blackfoot Confederacy. Grandparents are the late Joe & Josephine Crow Shoe.

As a U of L Alumni (2003 BA Major in Native American Studies) Debbie has worked as Research Assistant on the Lakeland and Lethbridge Project on Effective Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention, Handsome Boy School Attendance Research Project, Community University Research Alliance. She has also worked at the Blackfoot Family Lodge, Blackfoot Art Gallery and locally as an Artist, Art Instructor at Casa and Art Curator. Recently she was involved with the production of a book for the Peigan Board of Education, that honors Elders who attended Indian Residential Schools in Brocket, AB. Debbie acknowledges a common theme in her work and Art projects is cross cultural awareness and this is due in part from influence of her Grandparents as they where well known for sharing their cultural understanding.

Wesley King

Wesley King is the author of over a dozen novels for young readers. His debut, OCDaniel, is an Edgar Award winner, a Canada Silver Birch Award winner, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, and received a starred review from Booklist. The companion novel, Sara and the Search for Normal, received a starred review from School Library Journal and was the recipient of the Violet Downey Book Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. King has also written TheIncredible Space Raiders from Space!A World Below, and Kobe Bryant’s New York Times bestselling Wizenard series. He lives in Newfoundland.

Sara and the Search for Normal

Fiction Middle Grade

Myrna Kostash

Myrna Kostash’s most recent books are Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium and The Seven Oaks Reader. Her essays and creative nonfiction have been widely anthologized. She is a recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award for A Life of Writing. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Ghosts in a Photograph

Biography & Memoir Nonfiction

Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp

Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization where youth aged 9 to 17 can learn a new instrument (or new techniques on an old one) and express themselves in creative and artistic ways, as well as build self-esteem, confidence, leadership and teamwork skills.

Jamie Chai Yun Liew

Jamie Chai Yun Liew is the recipient of the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award from the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. She is a lawyer and law professor specializing in immigration, refugee, and citizenship law and the creator of the podcast Migration ConversationsDandelion is her first novel. She lives in Ottawa with her family.

Dandelion

Fiction

Judy Lin

Judy I. Lin, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Book of Tea duology (A Magic Steeped in Poison and A Venom Dark and Sweet), was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada with her family at a young age. She grew up with her nose in a book and loved to escape to imaginary worlds. She now works as an occupational therapist and lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband and daughters.

A Magic Steeped in Poison

Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction Young Adult

Suzette Mayr

Suzette Mayr is the author of the novels Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall, Monoceros, Moon Honey, The Widows, and Venous Hum. The Widows was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in the Canada- Caribbean region, and has been translated into German. Moon Honey was shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Best First Book and Best Novel Awards. Monoceros won the ReLit Award, the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize, was longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, and shortlisted for a Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction, and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. She and her partner live in a house in Calgary close to a park teeming with coyotes.

The Sleeping Car Porter

Fiction Historical LGTBQ+

Mary-Anne McTrowe

Mary-Anne McTrowe was born and raised in Southern Alberta. Her first introduction to the ukulele was in elementary school, but she didn’t pick it again in earnest until 1994. She played more or less secretly for the next ten years, until her first self-published album debuted at the 2005 Alberta Biennial at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff. She has collaborated with other ukulele musicians from San Francisco to Sweden, and spent 10 years as one half of the Lethbridge-based folk art-ernative duo, The Cedar Tavern Singes aka Les Phonoréalistes, with Daniel Wong.

Janet Melrose

Janet Melrose is a garden educator and consultant, and an advocate for Calgary’s Sustainable Local Food System. She is a lifelong gardener and holds a Prairie Horticulture Certificate. She has a passion for Horticultural Therapy and facilitates numerous programs designed to integrate people marginalized by various disabilities into the larger community. She is a regular contributor to The Gardener for Canadian Climates magazine. She lives in Calgary where she runs her education and consulting company, Calgary’s Cottage Gardener.

Prairie Gardener Series

Gardening Nonfiction

Musaeus

Since MUSAEUS’ foundation in 1982, the Lethbridge Symphony’s resident professional string quartet has earned a  reputation as one of Alberta’s most versatile and accomplished classical performing groups. Composed of the Symphony’s principal strings (violins Norbert Boehm and Airdrie Ignas; viola Gabriel Kastelic; and cello Mark Rodgers), their repertoire ranges from masterpieces of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras through to 20th century classics, as well as arrangements of jazz, popular, and contemporary music. In addition to leading Lethbridge Symphony strings sections for the Symphony Series, and other events that form part of each season, like Kids Choir and the LSO’s annual fundraising gala, Musaeus String Quartet presents three Intima concerts each season.  Musaeus performs at numerous private, public, and corporate events.

Charlie Navratil

Charlie Navratil is a 12 (almost 13) year old musician and songwriter. She has been writing songs for about a year, but has been in love with music for as long as she and her family can remember. Charlie’s own songwriting is influenced by the world around her, all of the many stories she dreams up, and some of her favourite artists (Billie Eilish and Em Beihold, to name a few).

Zarqa Nawaz

Zarqa Nawaz is a Canadian film and television producer, public speaker, journalist, and former broadcaster. She is the author of the memoir Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, which was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and two Saskatchewan Book Awards. She also created the hit CBC comedy series Little Mosque on the Prairie, the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the West, and is the creator and star of the forthcoming series Zarqa. Zarqa lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, with her loving but long-suffering family. Visit her at ZarqaNawaz.com or on Twitter @ZarqaNawaz.

Jameela Green Ruins Everything

Fiction

Colleen Nelson

An author and junior high school teacher, Colleen Nelson earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in her hometown of Winnipeg. Her previous works include the critically acclaimed middle-grade novels Harvey Comes Home and Harvey Holds His Own, which is a 2020 Governor General’s Award Finalist; Sadia, which won the 2019Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award; and Blood Brothers, which was selected as the 2018 McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People. Her first picture book, Teaching Mrs. Muddle, was published in 2020. Colleen writes daily in between appearances at hockey rinks and soccer fields in support of her two sports-loving sons. The family’s West Highland Terrier Rosie adds an extra-loveable dose of liveliness, squirrel-chasing, and shoe-chewing to their lives.

The Undercover Book List

Children's Fiction

The Life and Deaths of Frankie D

Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction Young Adult

Sheryl Normandeau

Sheryl Normandeau is a lifelong gardener, and holds a Prairie Horticulture Certificate and a Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate. She is a freelance writer specializing in gardening writing with hundreds of articles published. She is a regular contributor to Herb Quarterly, The Gardener for Canadian Climates, The Prairie Garden Annual, and many more. In addition to the gardening series, she is the author of The Little Prairie Book of Berries. She lives in Calgary.

Prairie Gardener Series

Gardening Nonfiction

Andrew Nugara

Andrew Nugara was born in Rugby, England, and moved to Canada in 1979. He earned bachelor degrees in classical guitar performance and in education and presently teaches high school physics, mathematics, and music. Andrew is the author of numerous bestselling guidebooks published by RMB, including More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies – 3rd EditionA Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies – 2nd EditionSnowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies – 2nd EditionPopular Snowshoe Trails in the Canadian RockiesFamily Walks and Hikes in the Canadian Rockies – Volume 1Family Walks and Hikes in the Canadian Rockies – Volume 2Popular Day Hikes: The Castle and Crowsnest, and Popular Day Hikes: Waterton. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Popular Day Hikes: Waterton

Nonfiction

Picture Postcard

Picture Postcard explores what it means to be a singer-songwriter by using a bass,  bunch of pedals, and a voice to create noisy and sometimes rambling tunes. The songs explore themes of loss and confusion, trying to make sense of this world and our relationships in it.

Karen Romanchuk

Karen is a Lethbridge-based artist singer/songwriter inspired by nature and the emotions and feelings she experiences in life.

Robert Runte

Robert Runté is Senior Editor with EssentialEdits.ca and has edited over 35 traditionally published books. A former professor, he has won three Aurora Awards for his literary criticism and currently reviews for the Ottawa Review of Books. His own fiction has been published in over forty venues and six of his short stories have been reprinted in ‘best of’ collections, such as Canadian Shorts II and the first Metastellar print anthology.

Jaspreet Singh [CANCELLED]

**DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES Jaspreet Singh will be unable to attend.**  Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and the New York Times. He is the author of the novels Helium, Chef, and Face; the story collection Seventeen Tomatoes; the poetry collections November and How to Hold a Pebble; and the memoir My Mother, My Translator. He is a recipient of several awards and has been translated into many languages. He lives in Calgary, the traditional territory and home to the diverse Indigenous peoples such as: Niitsitapi, Siksika, Kainai, Piikuni, Tsuut’ina, Métis, Îyâxe Nakoda. You can find him online at jaspreetsinghauthor.com

How to Hold a Pebble

Poetry

Starpainter

Starpainter is a folk rock band from Lethbridge, Alberta. Bury Me By My Family is the culmination of several years spent writing and performing together across western Canada. The band exists in the neatly carved out spaces between rock and country and pop. They wear their influences on their sleeves, showcasing strong songwriting and an affinity for gently psychedelic alt-country tones. Bury Me By My Family was recorded at Moose Farm Studio, out in the country north of Edmonton, AB. The space contributed to the sound of their debut record — a familial and rural vibe can be felt throughout this set of songs. On Bury Me By My Family, they have constructed a narrative of beauty, love, fear, and loss without seeming either too sweet or too sorrowful. The songs are steeped in the tradition of prairie-born artistry with a pop sensibility that defies their youth. What it all comes down to is a carefully curated collection of fine songs that set Starpainter up for regular rotation for years to come.

Jo Treggiari

Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Canada. She spent many years in Oakland, California, and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for a punk magazine, and owned a gangster rap/indie rock record label. Her novel Ashes, Ashes, a YA post-apocalyptic adventure published by Scholastic Press, was a multiple award nominee and bestseller. Her acclaimed novella Love You Like Suicide, appeared in the Fierce Ink Press anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL and as a limited edition of the long-running zine Cometbus. Her most recent YA novels are Blood Will Out, a psychological thriller, published by Penguin Teen (2018), and a second thriller, The Grey Sisters (Penguin Teen, 2019), which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary award and was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis award.

Heartbreak Homes

Fiction LGTBQ+ Mystery & Suspense Young Adult

Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club of Lethbridge

TROYANDA UKRAINIAN DANCE CLUB – Is a not-for-profit organization with members that volunteer their time preserving and promoting the artful heritage of Ukrainian dance in Southern Alberta. The Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club has over 35 members ranging in age 3 to timeless with a shared passion for Ukrainian dance and culture. Excited to be starting their 27th dance season, registration is on now and they are happy to welcome new members!

Each year Troyanda dancers and present their dances with colourful authentic Ukrainian costumes at three major performances:

Malanka- A Ukrainian New Year’s Celebration, Vesna- A Celebration of Spring (Troyanda’s year-end concert), and the popular Grade Three Curriculum Shows which share Ukrainian culture with the students of Southern Alberta.

In addition to putting on these major shows, Troyanda can often be seen sharing their love of dance in numerous community events, parades and festivals.

There is no limit for those wanting to begin, continue, or renew a love of Ukrainian dance. For more information please email Troyanda@hotmail.ca or visit their website at www.troyanda.ca and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TroyandaUkrainianDanceClub.

Colin Van Loon (Ahnahktsipiitaa)

Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon) Filmmaker Ahnahktsipiitaa is Blackfoot and Dutch, originally hailing from The Piikani Nation. During his upbringing he resided alongside his mother in Lethbridge and many other dusty Southern Alberta towns. Currently, Ahnahktsipiitaa is the Operations Manager for the Indigenous Matriarchs 4 AR/VR media lab (IM4-Lab). Ahnahktsipiitaa sits on Telefilm Indigenous Working Group, among others. Community centred, he aims to elevate the voices and stories of Indigenous peoples, whether creating spaces for youth works in the Talking Stick’s Festivals REEL Reservation: Indigenous Cinematic Indigenous Sovereignty Series or through his company Blackfoot Nation Film

Emily Victoria

Emily Victoria is a Canadian prairie girl who writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. When not word-smithing, she likes walking her over-excitable dog, drinking far too much tea, and crocheting things she no longer has the space to store. She works at a library where she takes home far too many books.

This Golden Flame

Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction LGTBQ+ Young Adult

Luke Whiteman

Oki (hello) my name is Luke Whiteman an my given name is (miniastinum) Berry Carrier, I am from the Blackfeet Nation, Browning Montana. Now make my home in Calgary Alberta Canada for the past 25 years. The style of dance is the Men’s Fancy Bustle been doing this for the past 45 years. I travel through out Canada & US attending many powwows competing amongst other dancers from different tribes. When I attend events and dance performances I share my knowledge & culture

Sandra S.G. Wong

SANDRA SG WONG writes fiction across genres. She is a finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence and a nominee for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. She holds an honours BA in English literature and speaks four languages at varying levels of proficiency, though she usually only curses in one of them. Sandra lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and is too often tweeting from @S_G_Wong or tweaking sgwong.com instead of writing.

 

In the Dark We Forget

Fiction Mystery & Suspense Suspense