Come out this year to meet and listen to authors, illustrators, and performers from across Canada! View our 2018 line-up below.
Angie Abdou is the author of five novels, including, most recently, In Case I Go, a finalist in the fiction category of the Banff Mountain Book Award, as well as named a best book of 2017 on lists by CBC Books and Rogers Writers’ Trust. The Bone Cage was a CBC Canada Reads finalist, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque, and was awarded the 2011–12 MacEwan Book of the Year shortly after. Her novel Between was named a Best of 2014 book by PRISM Magazine, 49th Shelf, and The Vancouver Sun. Angie is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.
Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom
S. K. Ali is the author of the 2018 Morris award finalist, Saints and Misfits. Her debut novel won critical acclaim for its groundbreaking portrayal of an unapologetic Muslim-American teen’s life. She has a degree in Creative Writing and has written about Muslim life for various media, including the Toronto Star and NBC News. She lives in Toronto with her family and a very vocal cat named Yeti. Her second novel, Marvels and Oddities, a story about finding love in the time of Islamophobia, will be published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster.
Saints and Misfits
Beyond Crimson consists of singers Anna Theoret and Chayce Mihalicz, drummer Kris Roga, guitarist Alex Resler, pianist Ashley Na, and bassist Brandon Van Doorn. Heavily driven by hard rock, Beyond Crimson was brought together by the song “Civil War” by Guns N’ Roses in 2016. It all began when Alex asked Kris, “Hey wanna start a band?” Through thick and thin, the members of Beyond Crimson have always been great friends. Sure, they have their downs, but like family, they always find a way through.
Virgina Pésémapéo Bordeleau is an internally recognized visual artist of Cree origin. She has published three novels and two poetry collections in French. Winter Child is her first novel translated into English. She lives in Abitibi, in northwest Quebec.
Bryan will be playing rich, fluid instrumentals on the Hawaiian resonator steel guitar (dobro) inside the library from 2:00pm – 3:00pm on Festival day.
Ali Bryan’s first novel, Roost, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia 2014. Her non-fiction has been shortlisted for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize and longlisted for the CBC Creative Non-Fiction Prize. She is a certified personal trainer and lives with her family in Calgary. Her second novel is The Figgs.
Giselle Courteau is the co-owner of the hugely popular Duchess Bake Shop, Duchess Provisions and Duchess Atelier, and also the recently opened Cafe Linnea, all in Edmonton, Canada. She is a self-taught baker who has been baking her whole life. The author lives in Edmonton, AB.
Duchess Bake Shop
Bob Cousins has written eighteen feature length screenplays in a variety of different genres. “Smuggler’s Blues” won the “Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition” in 2018 and was a winner of the “Fresh Voices Spotlight Award for Best Dialogue”. Bob teaches at the University of Lethbridge in the New Media Department.
Pauline Dakin is an assistant professor at the University of King’s College School of Journalism in Halifax. A journalist who has worked in radio, television, and print, she was also a senior producer for CBC Nova Scotia, host of CBC Radio’s Atlantic Voice, and a long-time health reporter for CBC National News. She has received many national journalism awards, including a citation of merit from The Michener Awards. She lives in Halifax.
Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
Norma Dunning is an Inuit writer, scholar, researcher, and grandmother who grew up experiencing a silenced form of Aboriginality in the southern areas of Canada. When she began to write about her own ancestors, her Inukness became evident. Her creative work keeps her most grounded in the traditional Inuit ways of knowing and being.
Annie Muktuk and Other Stories
Eric Dyck is a cartoonist living & working in Lethbridge! His comic strip, Slaughterhouse Slough, explores the history, vegetables, critters, and people of his new Southern Alberta home. Eric’s comic stories are developed from research, interviews and eavesdropping. Eric also teaches cartooning & comics classes for children and youth, and his freelance illustration work can also be found in magazines, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, and city hall. In 2017, Eric adapted a Galt Museum exhibit, curated by Tyler J. Stewart, about music in Southern Alberta into a series of comic strips. The collection of these comic strips, “From Pianos To Power Chords”, is available exclusively at the Galt Museum.
Eucadorian 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. Today, Eucadorian Roots will perform dances of the Pacific Coastal region of the country, on Marimba and Montubio rhythms.
If you want to learn more about Ecuador and try some of its delicious foods, don’t miss the “Taste of Ecuador” on November 30th, at the Multicultural Centre.
“C. Blake Evernden is an award-winning independent filmmaker, illustrator, storyboard & make-up artist for film & television. He has undertaken professional training in makeup artistry and corresponding field work as key makeup and effects designer on five independent features (winning an award for Best Special FX in 2015) and many short productions. He has recent experience as cinematographer, art director, key makeup, special makeup effects, prosthetics, and assistant makeup work on a myriad of independent productions, short films, music videos and commercials. His second feature, “Prairie Dog”, has played at 17 film festivals worldwide and won five awards, as well as being picked up for distribution through ITN in Los Angeles. His latest short film, “Spider”, is currently being sent out to festivals, he’s in development on three features and in production on his next short film, “A Wink or a Smile.”
Joy Fielding is the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Is Watching, Now You See Her, Still Life, Mad River Road, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.
The Bad Daughter: A Novel
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.
Kallie George is the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series, as well as the Heartwood Hotel series. She works as an author and speaker in Vancouver, Canada, and she holds a master’s in children’s literature from the University of British Columbia. In addition to writing books for young readers, she leads workshops for aspiring writers. She happened across the Heartwood Hotel on a hike with her husband and wishes she was a mouse like Mona so she could stay there, too.
Heartwood Hotel Home Again
Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her graphic novels include Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), the Bigfoot Boy series (with J. Torres), The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann), the Eisner Award-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and the Nameless City series.
The Divided Earth
Dawn Ius is the author of Anne & Henry, Overdrive, and Lizzie. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she can be found geeking out over things like true love and other fairy tales, Jack Bauer, sports cars, Halloween, and all things that go bump in the night. She lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff; their giant English Mastiff, Roarke; and their Saint Bernard, Charley.
K. Johnston is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several YA novels, including the L.A. Time Book Prize finalist The Story of Owen and Star Wars: Ahsoka. Her novel A Thousand Nights was shortlisted for The Governor General’s Award. The New York Times called The Story of Owen “a clever first step in the career of a novelist who, like her troubadour heroine, has many more songs to sing” and in its review of Exit, Pursued by a Bear, The Globe & Mail called Johnston “the Meryl Streep of YA,” with “limitless range.” E. K. Johnston lives in Stratford, Ontario.
Follow her on Twitter at @ek_johnston.
That Inevitable Victorian Thing
Jolene Draper & The Inquisitive Few consists of Jolene Draper on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Steve Martin is on bass & vocals, Braeden Rouse on lead guitar & fiddle and Raz on Drums.
We have all been playing and performing for over a decade. Jolene Draper started performing music singing in Kiwanis Music Festivals in 2002. She was vocally trained at the University of Lethbridge by a classically trained opera singer. This also started in 2002. She was in her first performing band a few years later and has had the opportunity to share the stage and work with many talented musicians throughout the years in several different bands. She has been playing guitar for about 13 years now and loves writing music and has been writing songs for over 2 decades. Before she learned to play guitar all the songs were written with lyrics and melody before chords were established. She still enjoys writing that way to this day.
Jolene Draper & The Inquisitive Few play a mixture of recognizable folk & rock songs and original music.
Dale Ketcheson will be sharing the exciting sounds of the classical guitar with Festival goers from 12:00pm – 1:00pm inside the library.
Born in Somalia, Fartumo Kusow immigrated to Canada at the start of the civil war. Her first novel, Amran, was serialized in October Star, Mogadishu: Somali National Press in 1984. Since her arrival in Canada in 1991 she has earned a B. Arts Honours in English Language and Literature and B. Education from the University of Windsor. She now teaches English literature courses for the Greater Essex County District School Board. A mother of five adult children, she lives in Windsor, Ontario.
Tale of a Boon's Wife
Roy MacGregor, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, has been described by the Washington Post as “the closest thing there is to a poet laureate of Canadian hockey.” He is the author of the internationally successful Screech Owls hockey mystery series for young readers, which has sold more than two million copies and is also published in French, Chinese, Swedish, Finnish, and Czech. It is the most successful hockey series in history – second only to Anne of Green Gables as a book series for young readers – and, for two seasons, was a live-action hit on YTV. MacGregor has twice won the ACTRA Award for best television screenwriting.
The Ice Chips and the Magical Rink: Ice Chips Series Book 1
David Martin was born and raised in Calgary, where he lives with his wife and children. His poetry has been awarded the CBC Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Vallum Award for Poetry and PRISM international‘s poetry contest, and published in many journals and magazines across Canada. He is an instructor at The Reading Foundation, one of the organizers for Calgary’s Single Onion poetry reading series, and the frontman for an indie-pop group, The Fragments. His debut book, Tar Swan, is a part of the Crow Said Poetry series.
Lorna Schultz Nicholson has published children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, YA fiction and hockey non-fiction. Before she started writing full-time, she worked as a television co-host and reporter, radio host and reporter, theatre and murder mystery actor, fitness coordinator and rowing coach. Whew. Now, she writes full time. Most of her children’s books are about friendships and school and family life and emotions and feelings and… well, the ups and downs of life. We all have those ups and downs, right? Her books have been nominated for many different awards, and are often on the CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens list. Lorna loves travelling and presents at libraries and schools all over North America to inspire children to love reading and writing as much as she does. Lorna lives in Edmonton with her husband (Go Oilers Go) and two dogs, a whiny bichon shih tzu, and a sort-of-naughty puppy she rescued from Mexico.
A Time to Run: Stuart and Sam
Amazing Hockey Stories: Hayley Wickenheiser
The Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area – Minyo Dancers have been dancing since 2011. Minyo Dancing is folk dancing, a more casual and fun dance for all ages. Anyone interested in learning folk dancing is most welcome to join the group.
Thank you for the opportunity to share our cultural dances and to celebrate Canada’s birthday with you.
Their first number is WONDERFUL CANADA, honouring her 150th birthday. The dance movements portray the maple leaf and the grandeur of the mountains in the wide expanse of Canada, as well as the cherry blossoms flowering in Japan.
Their second number is HANABI, meaning fireworks.
Their third number is SAWAYAKA ONDO, which describes the gentle breeze.
Martin Parnell started his “Quests for Kids” initiative in 2010 after a 25-year career in the mining industry. Over the next five years he completed 10 “Quests.” These included running 250 marathons in one year, setting five Guinness World Records and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 21 hours. By the end of 2014, over $1.3-million had been raised for the humanitarian organization Right To Play and 27,000 children had been given the gift of hope. Martin is a professional speaker and the author of Running to the Edge (RMB, 2016) and Marathon Quest – Revised & Updated (RMB, 2018). Martin Parnell lives in Cochrane, Alberta.
The Secret Marathon
Ben Rankel is a cartoonist and this is his first original graphic novel. His other comics credits include Rat Queens shorts: GARY (Image Comics) and The Absent King (Comixology), as well as Faulty Pump (Fight! Comics/Comixology).
His comics, illustration and design work were nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. He has also had comics work appear in Avenue Magazine, GrainsWest Magazine and has been shown at the Roq La Rue gallery in Seattle.
Ben lives in Calgary, Alberta with his partner Fiona Staples and their cat, Kupo.
Ben lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife Fiona and their cat, Kupo.
Robert Runté, PhD, is Senior Editor with Essential Edits (EssentialEdits.ca). He has edited over 35 novels and books for Five Rivers Publishing and various independent authors. Two of the novels by first-time authors he edited were nominated for the Aurora Award, and he contributed the final edit to C.P. Hoff’s A Town Called Forget, which was long-listed for the 2017 Leacock Medal. He has himself authored 15 book chapters, 6 encyclopedia entries, 13 academic journal articles, 12 open source guides, six short stories (two of which were reprinted in “Best of” collections) and countless reviews. He has three Aurora Awards for his speculative fiction criticism and is currently nominated for a fourth Aurora for “Age of Miracles” from the Strangers Among Us anthology. Two of the theses he supervised became published books, and a third won the the Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada.
Joel A. Sutherland is a mild-mannered children and youth services librarian by day, and a speculative fiction writer and editor by night. He has won two Silver Birch Non-Fiction Awards and two Hackmatack Awards for his books in the Haunted Canada series. He is also the author of Summer’s End, a horror novel, which has been nominated for the Red Maple Award. He lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife and children, and a mountain of books.
Haunted: Night of the Living Dolls
Haunted Canada 8: More Chilling True Tales
Alice will be showcasing her talents playing the accordion inside the library from 1:00pm – 2:00pm.
Stephanie Tromly was born in Manila, grew up in Hong Kong, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. She is currently on leave from her PhD program in English Literature at the University of Toronto and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and young son. Stephanie is the author of the Trouble Is a Friend of Mine trilogy.
Trouble Never Sleeps
Troyanda is a non-profit organization that promotes Ukrainian Culture within the local community of Lethbridge, and throughout Southern Alberta.
Iona Whishaw was born in British Columbia. After living her early years in the Kootenays, she spent her formative years living and learning in Mexico, Nicaragua, and the US. She travelled extensively for pleasure and education before settling in the Vancouver area. Throughout her roles as youth worker, social worker, teacher, and award-winning high school principal, her love of writing remained consistent, and compelled her to obtain her master’s in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Iona has published short fiction, poetry, poetry translation, and one children’s book, Henry and the Cow Problem. A Killer in King’s Cove was her first adult novel. Her heroine, Lane Winslow, was inspired by Iona’s mother who, like her father before her, was a wartime spy.
Visit ionawhishaw.com to find out more.
A Sorrowful Sanctuary