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!

Lynda Kavanagh

Independent Author

sales suck.. now what Lynda Kavanagh wrote “Sales Suck… Now What?” which is a down and dirty business book with practical help for micro, mini and small businesses that can be implemented immediately. This book was specifically for the Canadian mini and micro businesses because most self-help business books use case studies about huge businesses with million-dollar annual budgets. She says that is impossible for a small business with fewer than 25 employees to relate to, and the micro businesses can’t even get their heads around spending $5,000 a year let alone millions. The book is only 131 pages because she wanted to provide a quick read with common sense applications to be acted on immediately. The people who can be helped most by this book wear many hats in running their business. Time is precious. Kavanagh says she knows how hard it is for these small business operators to find the time to read, and they certainly don’t have the money to hire consultants. This book is perfect to get people headed in the right direction.  Sales Suck... NOW WHAT? is written in a practical and conversational manner that offers information that can be implemented easily and immediately. Kavanagh has operated WOW Communications & Training since 1994 offering sales and marketing coaching and training for small, mini and micro businesses across Canada.   www.wowcommunications.ca

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden


Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Photo Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens is one of the Festivals proud Community Partners!   The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden offers you an unforgettable experience, combining the beauty of nature in a serene setting. From the first spring blossom to the final autumn leaf, the Garden is an oasis of tranquility.   Celebrating 50 years of Japanese Heritage   Experience the Japanese Culture by taking one of our daily tours of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Attend ongoing events and historical, cultural and horticultural presentations. Entertain your guests with an experience unlike any other. Visit our website for more information and bookings.   Fall Season last day of opening October 8th. Winter Light Festival Opens December   Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be offering Japanese lantern painting and chopstick challenges at their booth this year!   Please visit their website for more information about Nikka Yuko here:   http://www.nikkayuko.com/

Nisura Wright Imperial Crown Distribution Co.

Writing & Publishing

  Nisura Wright Imperial Crown Distribution Co., is a Canadian based book distribution company established in Vancouver, British Columbia. Nisura F. Wright is the founder and owner of Nisura Wright Imperial Crown Distribution. Over the years she became fascinated by the quality material of Canadian book authors, as well Canadians appreciation of literature. In the year 2017 Nisura Wright decided to establish her Children's book distribution company in Canada's book market. Nisura Wright Imperial Crown Distribution source and distributes quality children's books from around the world to supply Schools, Booksellers, Libraries and Retailers with children's books that fascinate the world of literary art.     Write us:   info@nisurawrightimperialcrowndistribution.ca   Nisura Wright Imperial Crown Distribution Co. 319 W Hasting St. Unit 400, Vancouver, BC  V61H6     Visit our website: www.nisurawrightimperialcrowndistribution.ca  

Piggyback Poutinerie


#Outdoor Vendor

piggyback   Come and check out the Piggyback Poutinerie, Lethbridge's FIRST all poutine restaurant, at the Word On The Street Festival! They will be serving their famous poutine along with mac & cheese bites and deep fried pickle spears. https://www.facebook.com/piggybackpoutinerie/    

Read On

Literacy and Arts Organizations

#Inside the Library

The Read On Program at the Lethbridge Public Library will be offering an open house inside the Library at this year's Festival. Make sure to visit them and learn what services they can offer you! Adult Literacy Services include:

  • Adult Basic Education: Read On offers one-on-one help to English speaking adults.
  • English Language Learners: Read On offers one-on-one help to adults who need to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • Classes: Read On offers various classes to adult learners.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available!
Read On is one of the departments in the library that a lot of people don't know about.  We work with adults who, for whatever reason, want to improve their literacy skills.  Since 1981 we have helped 1000's of adults learn to read, write, speak English and/or French, improve their math skills, learn how to use a computer, pass their Canadian Citizenship, language assessment, GED, or Alberta Trade Entrance tests.  None of this would have been possible without our small army of volunteers who work with our adult students to meet their needs. Come on down (we are located downstairs adjacent to the Children's Department) to Read On to: meet our staff, learn more about how you can join our volunteer team or how we can help you improve your literacy skills. We would love to meet you! http://www.lethlib.ca/adult/readon

S.G. Wong

Independent Author

SG Wong is the creator of the Lola Starke series of novels and of the Crescent City short stories, written in the tradition of the hard-boiled detective genre, with two-fingers’ worth of noir and a liberal sprinkling of magic and ghosts thrown in for good measure.

SG Wong has been a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Awards, in the Best First Novel and Best Short Story categories, as well as a nominee for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and works in a lovely blue office where she can often be found staring out the window in between frenzied bouts of typing.

South Alberta FASD Network (SAFAN)


South Alberta FASD Network will be providing information and materials regarding  supports and services offered by the network, as well as, awareness and prevention of FASD. They will be serving "mocktails" at a small booth designed by AGLC. Vision: The Community served by the South Alberta Network has a comprehensive and coordinated regional response to FASD across the lifespan and a continuum of services that is respectful of individual, family, culture, and community diversity. Mission: The Network is committed to increasing regional capacity through the enhancement of existing and the development of new FASD services in three primary areas of focus: Awareness and Prevention, Assessment and Diagnosis, and Supports for Individuals and Caregivers.

Programs and Services Offered

FASD Assessment and Diagnostic Clinic

  • Diagnostic services will be accessible to children and youth from 7-17 years of age within our geographical region. Services will include medical, cognitive and behavioural assessments completed by a multidisciplinary team. Assessment and diagnostic services may lead to a confirmed diagnosis under the spectrum of FASD. Once the individual has been diagnosed, an intervention plan will be developed and implemented by our Follow-up Coordinator.
  • The Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosis state that early diagnosis helps provide appropriate interventions and supports for children with FASD and their families and helps reduce the risk of developing secondary disabilities.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Literacy and Arts Organizations

SAAG The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is one of the Festival's proud Community Partners! They will offering a free children's activity at their booth this year. Please make sure to visit them and have some fun doing arts and crafts! http://www.saag.ca

Tacos del Oso Muerto


#Outside Exhibitor

Tacos del oso Muerto A made to order Taco Fiesta! Come out and try Tacos del Oso Muerto who will be supplying the Festival with beef, pork and chicken tacos, Mexican street corn, ice cream and Jarritos Mexican soda. https://www.facebook.com/tacosdelosomuerto/

The Grateful Grill


#Outside Vendor

grateful-grill Come out to Word On The Street to sample some of the Grateful Grill's classic Americana soul food! They will be dishing up Southern style deep fried chicken, loaded baked potato salad, The Big Oink - Mac n' Cheese pulled pork sandwich, artisan burgers, hand cut fries and apple pie bites. https://www.facebook.com/TheGratefulGrill/

The Tail-Gators


#Outfoor Vendor

The Hansen brothers, Jeff and Jay, take inspiration from their love of sports and Southern travels to bring their favorite thirst-quenching recipes to you. The Tail-Gators will be serving lemonade, ice coffee, avrie palmers, Hawaiian shaved ice, as well as, their all new Gator Dawgs and nachos and cheese. https://www.facebook.com/Tail-Gators-1639084739636791/

Tina Ruiz

Independent Author

Everyone has secrets that they’d rather keep hidden, but we all know that these private matters have a tendency of spilling out at the most inopportune moments. And when a privileged piece of information does leak out and it gets exposed, it can sometimes change our lives so drastically, that there’s no turning back. For in that fleeting explosion when we first learn of the shocking deception, our world suddenly gets transformed into utter chaos and fear, and it typically has us running for shelter.

The four main characters in this story, are all hiding something that they’d rather not have anyone know about. Regrettably, the terrible secrets which each one of them had buried deep in their past, begins to bubble to the surface. With deceit and murder lingering in the air, can any of them survive the consequences of having their pasts revealed?

University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

Literacy and Arts Organizations

U of L Art Gallery The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery is one of the Festival's proud Community Partners! They will be offering a family-based hands on art activity at their booth space again this year called "Surrealist Game Drawings". They will be using a Surrealist game method of pulling words out of a hat – two adjectives and a noun - and then use the imagination with a sense of humour to create a drawing of what the words mean when put together. Make sure to stop by their booth for some all ages family fun! http://www.ulag.ca

University of Lethbridge Bookstore


#Bookstore Tent

Bookstore LogoThe University of Lethbridge Bookstore is our Official Book Seller for The Word On The Street Festival 2017. Please see their location to purchase books by all of the presenting authors, as well as book signings. See the schedule for more details. http://www.uleth.ca/bookstore

University of Lethbridge’s Centre for Oral History and Tradition

Literacy and Arts Organizations

The Centre for Oral History & Tradition (COHT) seeks to further excellence in the practice of oral history in our academic milieu and in the southern Alberta community at large. COHT will aid researchers when they synthesize, catalyze and develop their research into new ideas; identify, establish and assist oral history projects undertaken in southern Alberta in general; and provide a portal or link to the outer research world.   http://www.uleth.ca/research/centres-institutes/centre-oral-history-and-tradition

West Winds Kettle Corn


#Outdoor Vendor

west-winds-kettle-corn West Winds Kettle Corn will be joining the Festival again this year with their ever famous and delicious popcorn, as well as, cotton candy and slushies! http://www.westwindskettlecorn.ca



In Japan, zakka-ya are curio shops that carry a little bit of everything. We are a small, locally owned import shop specializing in a variety Japanese goods. We are located at 427 5th Street South in Lethbridge Phone: (403) 331-9688 https://www.facebook.com/Zakka-ya-Lethbridge-370626609934950/