Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Main Library: 5th Ave. S. and 8th St. S. | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Exhibitor Marketplace

The Word On The Street's Exhibitor Marketplace is the best of its kind in southern Alberta. It offers festival-goers a window into the Canadian literary scene, the chance to purchase books, merchandise and learn from over 50 local vendors - it's Lethbridge's biggest outdoor bookstore! Find your next literary treasure this fall.  Please see below for a list of some of the amazing exhibitors that joined us at the 2017 Festival. This year's Festival will take place on Saturday September 22nd 2018 from 11:00am-5:00pm at the downtown branch of the Lethbridge Public Library. We can't wait to see you there!

Elaine Unger-Pengilly

Independent Author

Elaine Unger-Pengilly lives on an acreage just outside of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She resides there with her husband Doug, a calico house cat, a dog, a horse, a cow and three barn cats. Their two sons have outgrown the acreage and have grown into the city. Her passions are music, horses, organic gardening and of course literature. Rat is a sassy intelligent rodent. He is also very talkative and arrogant. He thinks only of himself. After a bit of a struggle in the great outdoors he discovers the perfect place to spend the winter: a farm house basement. Unfortunately some of Rat’s plans are putting him or his new mouse pal in danger. Mouse also creates some of his own danger due to his huge love for jam. There are fur raising adventures and frightening encounters for both of the pals. Things don’t always go as planned. Even though Rat may be smart he has a lot to learn about friendship. http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000011219397/by-Elaine-Unger-Pengilly------illustrated-by-Marcy-Trockstad-Rat

Ellie Lynn

Independent Author

They always say ‘write what you know’, so Ellie Lynn started out writing romantic comedy. She’s since discovered a love of historical western romances as she channels Gunsmoke and Bonanza! Ellie writes under her own name, but other pen names include Jennifer Lynn and Rebecca Deslisle. These days she calls rural Saskatchewan home with her husband, two dogs and Horatio the salamander. She loves creating new and exciting plots. No rest for the wicked, she says, but is she complaining? Nah. Does she need to find another happy ending? Yes. Want to join her in the quest? Great, you can keep each other company along the way! www.ellielynn.ca

Essential Edits

Writing & Publishing

Robert Runté, Ph.D. (Senior Academic Editor, Writing Coach) Robert took early retirement from the University of Lethbridge to become a full-time editor; in particular, the role of Senior Editor at Five Rivers Publishing, a Canadian small press based in Ontario. He has so far edited over 30 books for Five Rivers, two of which were shortlisted for Aurora Awards. During his career as an academic, he has coedited a fiction anthology and a popular university textbook; written 14 book chapters, 14 journal articles, 7 encyclopedia entries, 3 commissioned government reports, and 1 curriculum resource (over 80,000 visits); presented 67 conference papers, 36 faculty, university and community presentations; and self-published ten open source resources (see the links page for those relevant to writers). As an experienced thesis supervisor and committee member, he has helped students write award- and scholarship-winning theses, and two of the theses he supervised were subsequently published as books. You can see him in this one minute video excerpt on teaching and research at the UofL. He was most recently honoured as Editor Guest at the When Words Collide Festival (2016); his Guest of Honour Speech was on English teachers, fan fiction, and the future of publishing.   http://www.essentialedits.ca/

Family Centre


family centre The Family Centre is one of the Festival's proud Community Partners! We are very excited to have The Family Centre join us at the Festival again this year! They will be providing an activity of paper bag book making at their tent space this year and are also teamed up with Lethbridge Early Years Coalition with the digital play packs. The Family Centre will be located next to the Kids Corner Stage Area.   http://www.famcentre.ca/

French Language Centre


The French Language Centre is a part of the University of Lethbridge's Modern Languages Department under the Faculty of Fine Arts and Science.   U of L Faculty of Arts and Science Logo DELF logo.circle   What is the study of Modern Languages all about? In today's globalized context, students of modern languages are being prepared for membership in a global community that extends far beyond the boundaries of the English-speaking world. You will gain awareness of other cultures through courses in language, literature, and culture and civilization, and through academic and living experiences in francophone Canada or abroad. Our department plays a key role in training students to function in the major international languages of East and West: French, German(currently not available), Japanese, and Spanish. Small class sizes ensure that students benefit from close interaction with peers and individual attention from instructors. Students have access to a study room and state-of-the-art computer and audio labs. Our department is also a pioneer in computer-assisted language learning. All students, whether they are majoring in a language or not, can enjoy the enriching experience of a study visit in francophone Canada or abroad. Foreign destinations include France, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and Japan. Course credit acquired at the host university may be transferable back to the University of Lethbridge. For students who do not opt for a study visit, opportunities abound at the University to speak French, German, Japanese or Spanish with international students. Linguistics, the study of universal aspects of language and speech production, is also integrated into the curriculum. In addition, Linguistics is a requirement for students pursuing graduate studies in other fields such as Speech Pathology.   U of L Modern Languages Photo   www.frenchlanguagecentre.ca

Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library

Literacy and Arts Organizations

#Outdoor Vendor

Friends of the LPL The Friends of Lethbridge Public Library are joining the Festival again this year as a proud sponsor of the Workshop and Reading Stage! They will also be joining us as an exhibitor with their much anticipated book and DVD sale from their collection at an outdoor tent on the street. http://www.lethlibfriends.ca

Helen Schuler Nature Centre


Helen Schuler Nature Centre is one of the Festival's proud Community Partners! They will be providing an interactive experience and craft for festival attendees to learn about the seasonal changes taking place in Lethbridge in September (eg. fall migration). They will also be promoting upcoming Nature Centre events and programs and will answer questions that people may have about nature. http://www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Nature-Centre/Pages/default.aspx

Jackie’s Kitchen


Visit Jackie's Kitchen in the food area for some traditional eats such as beef dip, bbq pulled pork, chicken or tuna croissants, deep fried oreos, cookies and pasteries, soup, salad and fries! You can contact Jackie at jackies.kitchen2017@gmail.com

Jasmine Fogwell

Independent Author

Jasmine Fogwell Jasmine Fogwell is the author of the Fidori Trilogy. She will be bringing all three books to the Festival this year. Book 1 - An Unlikely Friendship Book 2 - The Purple Flower Book 3 - The Journey to the Top of the Trees   Jasmine Fogwell - An Unlikely Friendship   View her website to find out more about Jasmine Fogwell and the Trilogy series:   http://www.jasminefogwell.com/

Jason Johnson

Independent Author

Jason E. P. Johnson is an award winning author who has ministered around the world. He is the president of I Am Church International and has been a pastor for 9 years. Jason is a keynote speaker and has led international mission teams and crusades. He has established local outreach groups, and has been recognized on 4 occasions for his outstanding pastoral work in evangelism and discipleship. Jason is currently preparing a team through I Am Church International to reach 17,000 villages in Sri Lanka who have never heard the name of Jesus.

Jenna Greene

Independent Author

Imagine cover Jenna Greene  heroine cover Jenna Greene   Jenna Greene lives in Lethbridge and teaches grade 6 at DA Ferguson Middle School in Taber. She lives with her husband, Scott, and daughter Olivia. They have two dogs: Tyko and Thor, Dog of Thunder. Jenna has a YA fantasy series published with Champagne Books. The first is titled IMAGINE. The sequel, which is being released September 5th, is titled REALITY. She also has a YA Contemporary called HEROINE. It was originally published by Aspirations Publishing. When that company went out of business, I self-published Heroine. All three books are available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jenna+greene  

Khalifah I Whitner

Independent AuthorWriting & Publishing

Khalifah I Whitner grew up in Detroit Michigan and currently lives in Everett Washington. She made her second home in Yokohama Japan; where she lived and worked as an English teacher specializing in ESL Education. She participated in creating the voice–over for Canadian ESL Audiobook Series Maple Leaf Learning. Khalifah also collaborated with Canadian Illustrator Warren Muzak to create her first book *My Best Friend*. Khalifah is an author and illustrator of several children's books and the founder and owner of Khalifah I Whitner Imperial Publishing.  Khalifah is best known for her Classroom Books such as *I Did Not Cry the Blues On my First Day of School* and  *Show- and- Tell Surprise*. Her Books features handy teaching notes and structured classroom activities, and games for educators.  Her books are a valuable resource that helps educators organize and successfully introduce popular classroom themes.       www.kiwimperialpublishing.com www.littlezahrabookstore.com

Kindling Kindness – Constance Douglas

Independent Author

Constance is an inspirational teacher for kids... A lifetime published artist with a love for writing quirky and inspiring stories, She kindles kindness to elementary schools, hospitals, and with learning disabled children... Arriving at events in character costume with a digital projector in hand, to share her story book, “Kindling Kindness” as an animated video. Witnessing how well loved her story is, she has gone on to create an activity learning book, a fun Shnoogy Rap Song and other activities and learning tools to enhance the children’s learning experience and is currently working on book ll We believe that kindness is active. It is going out and doing good deeds, it is making people smile, and it is attempting to better the life of others. Through creative and interesting projects, we embolden children to embrace the inexplicable sense of fulfillment and joy that comes from the simple extension of oneself through an act of kindness. ​"When you're feeling sad and blue find another who needs you!" http://www.kindlingkindness.org/

Laurel Deedrick-Mayne

Independent Author

 Laurel Deedrick-Mayne | Author  

Laurel Deedrick-Mayne was born and raised in Lacombe, Alberta but has spent her adult life as a city dweller and now makes Edmonton her home. Once an arts administrator (dance publicist, concert promoter and ad copywriter) Laurel has become a juggler: raising a family, managing her private massage therapy practice, serving on multiple arts boards ... and writing. This book is a tribute to the generation of her parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who took the time to hang on to family letters, clippings, stories, and poetry — all those treasures that inspired this story. A Wake For The Dreamland is Laurel’s first novel.

Leanne Overbeek

Independent Author

After experiencing four strokes and a short while later, a brain surgery, I began to pen all that had happened; who I was, then was, and who I am today. My life has had some rough times but I hope that by sharing my story, my readers may find encouragement to go on, to never give up no matter how tough it may be. I began to and now depend on prayer. God was and is my strength.     "My Four Strokes" by Leanne Overbeek     Available on Amazon for purchasing.

Lethbridge ARCHES


AIDS Outreach Community Harm Reduction Education and Support Society The Lethbridge HIV Connection Society is a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in building individual and community capacity to respond and reduce the harm associated with HIV and Hepatitis C in South-Western Alberta. ARCHES will be providing opiod overdose awareness and prevention training. They will give out free 10 minute training sessions and free Naloxone kits. they will also be providing information on the new safe consumption services in Lethbridge and answer any questions that the public may have. http://lethbridgearches.com/

Lethbridge Early Years Coalition


Why do the first 5 years matter?  Children's experiences in the early years shape the brain in ways that impact learning, mental and physical health, behavior and overall quality of life.
Did you know? 1 in 4 children are experiencing difficulties in at least one developmental area by kindergarten.
There are 5 main areas of competence:
  • Social Competence
  • Language and Thinking Skills
  • Physical Health and Well-being
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Communication Skills and General Knowledge
What we do:
  • Work with community to create positive environments for young children
  • Create awareness of the importance of the early years
  • Be a voice for the early years
  • Host community events

Lethbridge Living

Writing & Publishing

Lethbridge Living   Lethbridge Living is a PROUD SPONSOR of the Green Room for the the Word On The Street Festival. Please visit their booth as they will be handing out free copies of their magazine! Thank you Lethbridge Living!   http://lethbridgeliving.com/

Lethbridge Pride Fest


Pride Fest   Lethbridge Pride Fest Society is a community based organization providing events for the acceptance and inclusion of our diverse community. We recognize and celebrate the history, the courage and the future of all Alberta’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two – Spirited, Queer, Questioning, Inter-sexed and Allied (LGBTTQQIA) Individuals and Communities.   http://lethbridgepridefest.com/

Lethbridge Sport Council



A Voice for Sport

  Lethbridge Sport Council (LSC) provides leadership and a collective voice for sport in Lethbridge, offering quality sport experiences to all and attracting, creating and retaining sport tourism opportunities for Lethbridge. LSC was incorporated as a non-profit sport organization in 2008 and exists as an independent body to support the enhancement and development of sport within Lethbridge.