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The Book Beat— Don’t miss out on The Word On The Street

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This Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, the city of Lethbridge will partake in a national day of celebrating reading and advocating literacy. With history dating back to 1990, The Word On The Street is an annual one day festival also happening nationally this year in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Kitchener and Saskatoon.

These communities coast to coast will participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and boast a marketplace of the best selection of Canadian books and magazines.
The fun filled free event hosted by the Lethbridge Pubic Library, will fill the downtown street venue between the Bowman Arts Centre and the downtown library, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with exhibits, performances, author reading, storytelling, marketplace, teen zone and book inspired crafts and fun for the whole family.

Some of the many talented writers, too many to list here, joining in the festivities include local writing icon, poet, author, and Lethbridge College teacher Richard Stevenson on hand with his latest book, his 26th title and his first novel. Calgary’s award winning Sheri-D Wilson has seven collections of poetry; her most recent, Autopsy of a Turvy World, was launched in April at the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival.

Young adult novelist, David Poulson will be here before leaving to tour Japan and Korea with his award winning latest title Numbers. Prairie gardens and outsmarting winter will be featured in the titles available by garden expert June Flanagan.

Nominations from the Readers’Choice for the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist contest, Betty Jane Hegerat (The Boy) and Angie Abdou (Canterbury Trails) will also be on hand along with  prolific writer Jane Harris Zsovan and her latest novel, Eugenics and the Firewall, as well as many more authors and hot off the press titles. Don’t miss the Teen Zone and the many musicians performing throughout the day.

Stop in to meet me as I will be at the table representing the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) a non-profit organization representing more than 650 professional writers living and working across the country, and one of the original founding organizations of Word on the Street. I will also have information on hand about the Lethbridge Writers’ Group which is always looking for new members and hoping to formalize regular monthly meeting this fall.
For a full list of participants, authors, musicians, market place exhibitors, literacy events and activities in the Library hosted Children’s tent visit  

You can also check out the Word On The Street Lethbridge on Facebook or visit: for more information about the festival.

Also this week at the main branch of the library in the Theatre Gallery ...  “Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 - 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. as a pre-amble to The Word On The Street Festival celebrating Words and Poetry, the Most Vocal Poets Society in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library will host an evening of poetry featuring Toronto spoken word poet, Nik Beat. Nik’s been practicing poetry for 17 years and published two collections of poetry - Cartoon Rome and The Tyranny of Love which have been translated into Hungarian, French, Hebrew and Italian. For 10 years, Nik has hosted the Toronto spoken word program, ‘Howl’ on CIUT 89.5 fm. Help us celebrate writers and writing - come dressed as your favourite poet, author or musician.”

— by Michelle Greysen, Special To L.A. Beat
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