Come out this year to meet and listen to authors, illustrators, and performers from across Canada! Check out our 2019 line-up...
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
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 www.erinbow.com.
Stand on the Sky
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 is the host of CBC Radio’s The 180 and a regular guest host on The Current, As It Happens, q and The Sunday Edition. Prior to joining the CBC, Jim worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and filmmaker. His first documentary, Radiant City, won a Genie Award for best documentary in 2007 and was named one of the ten best films of the year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Jim lives in Calgary, Alberta.
The Golden Boy of Crime
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Bursts of Fire
Hali Heavy Shield (Nato’yi’kina’soyi Holy Light that Shines Bright) is from the Blood Tribe of southern Alberta. She is a writer and graphic artist who finds inspiration from Blackfoot stories, land teachings, and family to inform her work. Ms. Heavy Shield is currently working on her PhD at the University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education.
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 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
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)
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
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 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 sabina-khan.com.
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
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: http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/Seeking-Mino-Pimatisiwin-Michael-Hart/
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.
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)
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
The Rise of Winter (Terra Protectorum Book 1)
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.
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, www.AspieComic.com.
Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedians Guide to Life on the Spectrum
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.
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 amountainarts.com.
From Bear Rock Mountain: The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor
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 www.ruthohi.com
No Help Wanted!
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.
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
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
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
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 will be showcasing her talents playing the accordion inside the library from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.
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: http://www.jtorrescomics.com
How to Spot a Sasquatch
Troyanda is a non-profit organization that promotes Ukrainian Culture within the local community of Lethbridge, and throughout Southern Alberta.
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.
“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 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 www.audreywhitson.com.
The Death of Annie the Water Witcher by Lightning
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