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Word on the Street
September 23 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Free
Celebrate Reading and Literacy with the Lethbridge Public Library!
Authors from across the country will be on stage including Joy Kogawa, sharing insights from her long-awaited memoir Gently to Nagasaki; Sharon Butala discussing Where I Live Now, about the grief of losing her husband and her ranchland home in southwest Saskatchewan; Trevor Herriot speaking about Towards a Prairie Atonement, which depicts an unbounded love of prairie grasslands; and the poetry of Louise Bernice Halfe in Burning in this Midnight Dream, which was written as the Truth and Reconciliation process began to unfold in Canada.
It’s the seventh year for The Word On The Street held at the Lethbridge Public Library’s Main Branch. Join us on September 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for an outdoor gathering for book lovers of all ages. The Lethbridge festival gives readers and writers that rare chance to connect, and people who are passionate about books have the opportunity to meet.
New to this year’s festival, will be the Piikani Traditional Knowledge Services Tipi. Indigenous cultural events will include storytelling with Blackfoot Elder Francis First Charger; a Blackfoot language lesson with Beverly Hungry Wolf; pow-wow drumming with Jaron Weasel Bear and Métis culture and history with Rod McLeod.
This year also features our inaugural Kapow! Words and Pictures comic and graphic novel stage.
Elisabeth Hegerat, The Word On The Street festival director, says, “The festival is a signature event in Southern Alberta, where we present established and emerging authors, storytellers, informative panel discussions, workshops, live music, tons of things to do, and a bustling marketplace. We strive to create a free festival that represents the diversity of our community, is welcoming to all ages, and yes, it is all about having lots of fun. Last year over 4,800 people attended.”