The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. Please see the 2019 schedule below!
Join the members of the Rocky Mountain Book Award Committe, an Alberta-wide children’s readers’ choice award, as they present the 2019 medal to Alex Lyttle, award winner for his book From Ant to Eagle, and hear Alex speak about his new book The Rise of Winter. This event will include a special presentation from the students of Mike Mountain Horse Elementary School, and will be presented with a sign language interpreter.
Centuries ago, Terra, the world, was nearly destroyed by humans. In the wake of that destruction, Terra created the Guardians—a group sworn to protect Her. But humans have returned to their plundering ways and Terra needs the Guardians. The Guardians are now fractured, their leader murdered years before. They need a new leader—a new Terra Protectorum—but when a young girl is chosen, outrage ensues. Questions demand answers. Why has Terra selected a girl with no knowledge of the Guardians? Why has she chosen a human when it is the humans destroying the earth? And most importantly, why has she chosen the girl whose father murdered the last Terra Protectorum?
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.