Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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

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Come out this year to meet and listen to authors, illustrators, and performers from across Canada! View our 2018 line-up below.

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Angie Abdou

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

Biography & Memoir Nonfiction

S.K. Ali

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 YA novel, a story about finding love in the time of Islamophobia, will be published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster.

Saints and Misfits

Young Adult

Alison & Danny

Alison and Danny are one half of the local band, Uncovered. They will be sharing their musical talents with us as a duo at The Word On The Street festival this year.

Amber Dawn

Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her debut novel Sub Rosa (2010) won the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction and the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir (2013) won the Vancouver Book Award. Her poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins (2015) was a finalist for BC Book Award’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is the editor of two queer anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire (2009) and With A Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (2005).

Her sophomore novel, Sodom Road Exit is forthcoming Spring 2018, and probes themes of systemic poverty, trauma, vengeful ghosts and lesbian desire, all set in a failed amusement park town in the early ‘90s.

All of her books are published with Arsenal Pulp Press.

She currently teaches creative writing the University of British Columbia, as well as guest mentors at several drop-in, community-driven spaces in the Downtown Eastside, an area impacted by poverty-related issues and beloved for its tenacity and creativity.

Sodom Road Exit

Fiction LGTBQ+ Mystery & Suspense

Will Big Bull

Willy Big Bull is from the Piikani Nation, he has resided in Lethbridge over the past 3 years with his wife, Shawnee and their two sons, Mack and Sturgis. Willy’s passion for music started as a young boy on the Peigan reserve, he spent countless days working outside with his father, Conrad, who also loves music. Listening to the oldies on 66CFR, Willy developed special interest in rock n roll as well as classic country music.


Willy began writing his own songs when he was 16, but he did not start performing until his father gave him his first guitar for his 22nd birthday.


Today Willy loves spending quality time with his family and sharing his music with anyone and everyone. He is very pleased to be performing at this year’s Word on the Street Festival.

Luke Dani Blue

Luke Dani Blue has an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Her fiction has appeared in a number of literary magazines, won prizes from the Crab Orchard Review and Colorado Review, and was included on the list of the year’s 100 distinguished stories by Best American Short Stories 2016. Luke is a developmental editor and has taught creative writing in universities, arts organization and high schools across North America and even at the Lethbridge Public Library. Although literary and upmarket fiction are her specialities, Luke loves working with writers of all genres of fiction and nonfiction.

Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau - CANCELLED

Due to poor travel conditions in Eastern Canada, Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau will be unable to join us 

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.

Winter Child

Fiction Indigenous

Bryan Bradfield

Bryan will be playing rich, fluid instrumentals on the Hawaiian resonator steel guitar (dobro) inside the library from 1:00pm – 2:00pm on Festival day.

Ali Bryan

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.



The Figgs


J.R. Campbell

J.R. Campbell is a Calgary based writer and editor. His short fiction has appeared in Tesseracts 20 Compostela, Rigor Amortis, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories and Fantastical Visions IV. Along with his brother in arms, Charles Prepolec, he has edited the anthologies Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastical Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Gothic: Strange Tales of Sherlock Holmes’, Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places and, with co-editor Shannon Allen, By the Light of Camelot.

Giselle Courteau

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

Cooking Nonfiction

Bob Cousins

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

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

Biography & Memoir Mystery & Suspense Nonfiction

Molly Dooker

Molly is a fun-loving, show-twirling, crowd-pleasing drag queen from outer space. She’s all about reading, education and sprelling thangs properlly. Hurray! Her favourite hobbies include being beautiful, supporting and loving our youth, and slowly taking over the world. Please feel free to take selfies with her and tell her she’s gorgeous- she’s a big fan of attention.

Norma Dunning

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

Fiction Indigenous Short Stories

Eric Dyck

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 2018, Eric adapted Jane’s Walks, neighbourhood history tours written by Kevin MacLean, into a series of comic strips about the Upper Victoria Park Neighbourhood. The collection of these comic strips, “Go-Carts & Ice Castles”, is available now.

Eucadorian Roots

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

“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.”


Fawns is a Lethbridge-born rock band whose members seek to capture the feeling of living and growing up in Southern Alberta through its sound and energy. The five-piece band is gearing up to release it’s first album, I Grew Up Here, and you can follow them on Facebook; @FawnsMusicYQL

Maureen Fergus

Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. Her novels include The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega; her picture books include InvisiBill, The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, and the Buddy and Earl series. She lives in Winnipeg with her family and her dog, Buddy.

Buddy and Earl Meet the Neighbors


Joy Fielding

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

Fiction Mystery & Suspense

Francis First Charger

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.

Barbara Geiger

Barbara Geiger writes science fiction, fantasy, and gay paranormal romance, and moonlights as a freelance writing coach and editor on the side. Her books include the Tempest trilogy, the Middle Hill series, the Past and Present Tense novellas, and assorted other novellas and short stories. Writing as Angela Fiddler, she has written The Master of the Lines series, the Sex Demon 101 series, and several other standalone novels and novellas. When she’s not following the exploits of selkies, sex demons and vampires, she writes epic fantasy and makes the occasional foray into science fiction and short stories.

Barbara has been involved in the Alberta writers’ community and multiple writers’ and critique groups since 1998. She’s been a high school teacher, taught ESL to all ages in Canada and overseas, and done corporate training. She currently teaches adult ESL to new Canadians. She is currently a MA student in UBC’s Creative Writing program. She lives with her wife in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Kallie George

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.


Visit Kallie online at kalliegeorge.com, and visit the Heartwood at heartwoodhotel.com.


Heartwood Hotel Home Again


Hali Heavy Shield

Hali Heavy Shield (Nato’yi’kina’soyi Holy Light that Shines Bright) is from the Blood Tribe of southern Alberta. She is a writer and graphic artist who finds inspiration from Blackfoot stories, land teachings, and family to inform her work. Ms. Heavy Shield is currently working on her PhD at the University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education.

Faith Erin Hicks

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

Children's Comics & Graphic Novels Middle Grade

King Hunk

King Louis of France? No. King Charles of England? No No NO. Better. He is King Hunk.  AND he reigns the throne (if his clumsiness and moodiness doesn’t get in the way). King Hunk enjoys telling his favorite children’s stories, arguing AND singing songs with his best friend Queen Molly, and fidgeting with his beard. When not jumping in and out of storybooks, you could often find him in line at your local coffee shop waiting for his pumpkin spice latte. King Hunk is delighted to be performing at his second Word on the Street festival.

Dawn Ius

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.




LGTBQ+ Mystery & Suspense Young Adult

E.K. Johnston

E.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

Fantasy/Sci-fi LGTBQ+ Young Adult

Jolene Draper & The Inquisitive Few

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

Dale Ketcheson will be sharing the exciting sounds of the classical guitar with Festival goers from 12:00pm – 1:00pm inside the library.

Fartumo Kusow

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


Lethbridge Highland Dance Association

The Lethbridge Highland Dance Association (LHDA) is a non-profit society organised to foster and preserve the tradition of highland dancing, with special encouragement to the young dancer, and contribute whenever possible to the community. It is part of the Alberta Highland Dancing Association, which in turn is part of ScotDance Canada, and adheres to the regulations of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD), the world body that sets rules and standards for competitions and teachers of highland dancing.


The LHDA was founded in September of 1976, and makes its presence in the community felt by organising dance-outs (exhibitions in public venues), and an annual highland dance competition held each second Saturday in May. Additionally, dancers in the community often perform at cultural events such as Canada Day, Heritage Day and Burns’ night celebrations. Our instructor, Kandi Russell, teaches highland dance in Magrath and Lethbridge to dancers from Southwest Alberta.



Roy MacGregor

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 Haunted Hurricane: Ice Chips Series Book 2


Elizabeth MacLeod

Elizabeth MacLeod is the author of many notable Canadian non-fiction titles including Canada Year-By-Year, and the critically acclaimed biographies: Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life; Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer’s Life; and George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and enjoys reading, swimming, theatre and tap dancing.



Meet Chris Hadfield

Children's Nonfiction

Meet Viola Desmond

Children's Nonfiction

David Martin

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.



Tar Swan


Mary-Anne McTrowe

Mary-Anne McTrowe will be sharing her talents on the Ukulele inside the library on Festival day from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Lorna Schultz Nicholson

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

Young Adult

Amazing Hockey Stories: Hayley Wickenheiser

Biography & Memoir Middle Grade Nonfiction

Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area - Minyo Dancers

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.



Welcome to NCS

Brenda Niskala

Brenda Niskala works for SaskBooks, the cultural industry association for book publishers in Saskatchewan, as Executive Director. As a writer, she has published three books and an anthology in the past decade: Wanderlust, (Thistledown 2017, fiction); How to Be a River, (Wild Sage Press, 2012 and 2013, poetry), For the Love of Strangers (Coteau Books, 2010, linked short stories) and Of All the Ways to Die (Quattro, 2009, novella). She has worked as a substantive editor for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and scholarly works, was a literary editor for two magazines, and has sat on the board of a literary book publisher. She’s been working for book publishers for twenty-five years.

Troy Nixey

Troy Nixey began his storytelling career in the early nineties drawing “Dead World” and “Bill The Clown.” Over the years he has worked on other notable comics, including “Batman: The Doom that Came to Gotham,” Neil Gaiman’s “It’s only the End of the World Again,” Matt Wagner’s “Grendel: Black, White and Red,” “Harely Quinn” and “Bacon.” Nixey also co-created the comic mini-series “Jenny Finn” with Mike Mignola and the critically acclaimed comic “Trout,” his most personal work.

In 2007, Nixey’s short film “Latchkey’s Lament” screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was this short film that attracted Guillermo del Toro and created industry buzz about Nixey’s first feature, which would become “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.” His comic book background has been perfect for Nixey’s transition into directing movies.

Troy Nixey has shifted his creative focus back to comics and in the also few years has worked on Mike Mignola’s Lobster Johnson, Vinegar Teeth with Damon Gentry and has begun a new four issue mini-series of his most beloved creation, Trout.

Vinegar Teeth

Cartoonist Comics & Graphic Novels Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction

Martin Parnell

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

Biography & Memoir Nonfiction

Ben Rankel

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.



Comics & Graphic Novels Fiction Historical Illustrator/artist Mystery & Suspense

Robert Runté

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.

Richard Stevenson

Richard Stevenson recently retired from a thirty-year teaching stint at Lethbridge College. He has bought a house in Nanaimo and will be moving back to his beloved Vancouver Island home as soon as his wife retires. His most recent published works include A Dog Named Normal (Ekstasis Editions, 2013), Fruit Wedge Moon (Hidden Brook Press, 2015), and Rock, Scissors, Paper: The Clifford Olson Murders (Grey Borders Press).

Joelle Strang

Joelle Strang was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Lethbridge in 2009 to pursue her education at the U of L. She completed her bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2013. She has had a love for lettering since she was a kid and remembers spending hours doodling the alphabet over and over. While on maternity leave with her first child, she finally felt she had the time to dabble in her long time hobby and started Little September Calligraphy, a home based small business specializing in hand lettering. Like many hand lettering artists, Joelle is primarily self taught and has enjoyed trying different techniques and styles of lettering over the past four years. She has taught several workshops and enjoys sharing the ins and outs of lettering with others. When she’s not lettering, Joelle keeps busy chasing her two little kids around and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ezra Sulin

My name is Ezra Sulin, I’m 15 years old in 11th grade at LCI. I’ve been singing for my whole life both in organized groups and in everyday life. I have been performing for several years and share music online on instagram @ezra.sings.

Joel A. Sutherland

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

Children's Fantasy/Sci-fi Middle Grade

Haunted Canada 8: More Chilling True Tales

Children's Middle Grade Nonfiction

Alice Tinordi

Alice will be showcasing her talents playing the accordion inside the library from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

Stephanie Tromly

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.


Twitter: @stephanietromly

Trouble Never Sleeps

Mystery & Suspense Young Adult

Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club


Troyanda is a non-profit organization that promotes Ukrainian Culture within the local community of Lethbridge, and throughout Southern Alberta.





Killa Watt

Killa Watt’s performances and personas are neither created nor destroyed. Their performances are a constant source of transformation and evolution. They’re a blend of rock, nerd, geek and everything in between. Let Killa Watt resonate in your neuro-circuits.

Iona Whishaw

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

Fiction Historical Mystery & Suspense