Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Main Library: 5th Ave. S. and 8th St. S. | 11am - 5pm

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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!

Signing – Karen Anderson, Jenna Butler, Kyle Charles, Hali Heavy Shield, Michael McCreary, Ruth Ohi, Matilde Sanchez-Turri

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

From the coulees of the badlands to the combines of the wheatlands, discover Alberta’s diverse terroir, and be captivated by the distinct tastes of this majestic province. Food Artisans of Alberta is a robust travel companion for local food lovers and visitors alike.

Come to know the stories, inspiration, and friendly faces of the people who craft great food as they cultivate the community of food artisans. Journey beyond Alberta’s seven signature foods―beef, bison, canola, honey, Red Fife Wheat, root vegetables and Saskatoon berries―to also enjoy breweries, meaderies, distilleries, cheesemakers, and more. With regional maps that highlight the locations of 200 food artisans, set out on an adventure through fertile fields and bountiful edible crops.

  • Cooking
  • Nonfiction

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

From the coulees of the badlands to the combines of the wheatlands, discover Alberta’s diverse terroir, and be captivated by the distinct tastes of this majestic province. Food Artisans of Alberta is a robust travel companion for local food lovers and visitors alike.

Come to know the stories, inspiration, and friendly faces of the people who craft great food as they cultivate the community of food artisans. Journey beyond Alberta’s seven signature foods―beef, bison, canola, honey, Red Fife Wheat, root vegetables and Saskatoon berries―to also enjoy breweries, meaderies, distilleries, cheesemakers, and more. With regional maps that highlight the locations of 200 food artisans, set out on an adventure through fertile fields and bountiful edible crops.

  • Cooking
  • Nonfiction

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.

Magnetic North

Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard takes the reader from the endangered Canadian boreal forest to the environmentally threatened Svalbard archipelago off the coast of Norway, connecting continents and tracing the impacts of climate change on northern lands. With a feminist gaze, Jenna Butler questions explorer narratives and the mythic draw of the polar North. As a woman who cannot have children, she writes out the internal friction of travelling in Svalbard during the fertile height of the Arctic summer. Blending travelogue and poetic meditation on place, Magnetic North will draw readers’ minds to the beauty and power of landscapes under threat, and ask them why some stories in recorded history are privileged at the expense of those left to speak from beneath the surface.

  • Biography & Memoir
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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.

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

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out in this memoir, autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a difficult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain e into something empowering—and funny. He scored his first stand-up gig at age 14, and hasn’t looked back.

This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it’s like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Candid scenes from McCreary’s life are broken up with funny visuals and factual asides. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD.

  • Biography & Memoir
  • Nonfiction
  • Young Adult

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, www.AspieComic.com.

No Help Wanted!

Sometimes it’s our mistakes that teach us the most.

Posy always has a plan, and she is determined to see her plans through. But when she eagerly takes charge of the new classroom pet, things don’t go according to plan. Bluey the beta fish suffers under all the special attention, and he starts looking worse and worse. Posy fears everyone will blame her. Can she admit she needs help to bring her new friend back around?

In this lovely school-based story, award-winning author and illustrator Ruth Ohi gives us a recognizable character – a high-achieving child, who needs a reminder that it’s okay to ask for help – and the lesson that cooperation wins the day!

  • Children's
  • Illustrator/artist

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 www.ruthohi.com

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.