Event Category: Reading

Naked Heart LGBTQ Festival of Words – Sunday

Naked Heart: An LGBTQ Festival of Words in pink and purple letters on a white background

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Reading: ASL Drag Storytime Readers
Storytellers: Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, Gaitrie Persaud, Jaideep Goray
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St)

1:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Reading: Post Trauma: What Comes After You Survive
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St)

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Panel: Rage & Channelling Anger
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Panel: Writer’s Body
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

7:30 PM – 9 PM
Reading: Racialized is a Verb
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

9 PM – 10 PM
Reading: Blazing Femme
Glad Day Bookshop

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Naked Heart LGBTQ Festival of Words – Saturday

Naked Heart: An LGBTQ Festival of Words in pink and purple letters on a white background

12:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Workshop: Submitting Your Work to Journals & Anthologies: Step-by-Step Strategies for Emerging Writers
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Reading: Queer Speculative Fiction
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Panel: New Worlds: Diverse Queer Voices in Speculative Fiction
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

5:15 PM – 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Musings from the Bunker & Slouching towards Womanhood
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

7:30 PM – 9 PM
Book Launch: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Polyamory
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St)

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Not So Blue Mondays

"Not So Blue Mondays" in green and blue letters against a white background

Are you living with brain injury and looking for a creative outlet? Come to our weekly Drop-In! Create & present your own poetry, short stories, music and more at Not So Blue Mondays.

Engage in a lively discussion about arts, culture and MORE – with a NEW TOPIC every week.
Got some writing or music of your own to share? Here’s a great space to do it!

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War of Art Group Reading

Promotional poster for "The War of Art Reading"

Kickstart is very excited to be hosting a free public group reading of the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. In this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, best selling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity. The War of Art is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, visionary, or entrepreneur.

This is a great opportunity for artists to gather together, with other like-minded creative people with disabilities, to read together, out loud, this motivational book together.

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Canadian Heritage Author Stage

Jenna Butler standing outside in a red coat in a snowy northern landscape with open water, ice floes and mountains

Participate in author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at southern Alberta’s biggest literary event!

More information and schedule on The Word On The Street Lethbridge website

11:15 AM: Karen Anderson and Matilde Sanchez-Turri – Food Artisans of Alberta
From the coulees of the badlands to the combines of the wheatlands, discover Alberta’s diverse terroir, and be captivated by the distinct tastes of this majestic province. Food Artisans of Alberta is a robust travel companion for local food lovers and visitors alike.

12:00 PM: Jenna Butler – Magnetic North
Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard takes the reader from the endangered Canadian boreal forest to the environmentally threatened Svalbard archipelago off the coast of Norway, connecting continents and tracing the impacts of climate change on northern lands. With a feminist gaze, Jenna Butler questions explorer narratives and the mythic draw of the polar North.

1:00 PM: Audrey Whitson – The Death of Annie the Water Witcher by Lightning
Three years into the second millennium, Majestic, Alberta is a farm town dealing with weakened crop prices, international borders closing to Canadian beef, and a severe drought. Older farmers worry about their way of life changing while young people concoct ways to escape: drugs, partying, moving away. Even the church is on the brink of closing. When local woman Annie Gallagher is struck by lightning while divining water for a well, stories of the town’s past, including that of Annie and the grandmother who taught her water witching, slowly emerge as everyone gathers for her funeral.

2:00 PM: Susan Forest – Bursts of Fire
Bursts of Fire begins an epic political fantasy of revenge, addictions, and redemption. In an empire where magic has become suspect, love and loyalty–for one’s lover, one’s family, one’s country–are tested. If Heaven desires the very earth be burned, what place can those below hope for, when the flames come for them?

3:00 PM: Antoine Mountain – From Bear Rock Mountain
In this poetic, poignant memoir, Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art school—and his path to healing. As a celebrated artist and social activist today, Mountain shares this moving, personal story of healing and the reclamation of his Dene identity.

4:00 PM: Christian Guay-Poliquin – The Weight of Snow
A badly injured man. A nationwide power failure. A village buried in snow. A desperate struggle for survival. These are the ingredients of The Weight of Snow, Christian Guay-Poliquin’s riveting new novel. After surviving a major accident, the book’s protagonist is entrusted to Matthias, a taciturn old man who agrees to heal his wounds in exchange for supplies and a chance of escape. The two men become prisoners of the elements and of their own rough confrontation as the centimetres of snow accumulate relentlessly.

Lethbridge Herald Author Stage

Black and white photo of Waubgeshig Rice

Participate in author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at southern Alberta’s biggest literary event!

More information and schedule on The Word On The Street Lethbridge website

11:15 AM: Jim Brown – The Golden Boy of Crime
Jim Brown, filmmaker and CBC Radio host, tells the incredible true story of “Red” Ryan, a larger-than-life criminal whose fame and legend were much encouraged by the media—he was the “Kardashian” of the time—and whose story endures.

12:00 PM: Lorimer Shenher – This One Looks Like A Boy
In this candid and thoughtful memoir, Shenher shares the story of his gender journey, from childhood gender dysphoria to teenage sexual experimentation to early-adult denial of his identity—and finally the acceptance that he is trans, culminating in gender reassignment surgery in his fifties.

1:00 PM: Karlynn Johnston – The Prairie Table
Featuring more than 100 recipes–from salads to vegetable dishes; home-baked breakfasts to easy main meals; crowd-pleasing appetizers to portable desserts; a chapter dedicated to the Ukrainian heritage of the prairies, and much more!–The Prairie Table is filled with Karlynn’s approachable and tasty dishes.

2:00 PM: Lee Maracle and Tania Carter – Hope Matters
Hope Matters, written by multiple award-winner Lee Maracle, in collaboration with her daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter, focuses on the journey of Indigenous people from colonial beginnings to reconciliation. Written collaboratively by all three women, the poems in Hope Matters blend their voices together into a shared song of hope and reconciliation.

3:00 PM: Waubgeshig Rice – Moon of the Crusted Snow
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

4:00 PM: Anne Emery – Though the Heavens Fall
As 1995 dawns in the North of Ireland, Belfast is a city of army patrols, bombed-out buildings, and “peace walls” segregating one community from the other. But the IRA has called a ceasefire. So, it’s as good a time as any for Monty Collins and Father Brennan Burke to visit the city: Monty to do a short gig in a law firm, and Brennan to reconnect with family. And it’s a good time for Brennan’s cousin Ronan to lay down arms and campaign for election in a future peacetime government. But the past is never past in Belfast, and it rises up to haunt them all.

Tales from the East Coast

An outline illustration of a red and white lighthouse on a grey rocky point, with blue water in the foreground, light blue clouds in the sky and a pale yellow sun on the horizon with long orange and yellow rays. "The Signs of the Martimes" appears in white text in the lower right

What happens when an American comes to Nova Scotia to visit his friend for a tour of the Maritimes? Come and have a good laugh as his friend teaches him our quirky East Coast ways! Direct from Nova Scotia, Tales From The East Coast is an entertaining and interactive series of poems and stories by Canadian Deaf writers in both ASL (American Sign Language) and MSL (Maritime Sign Language).

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Promo image for Diaspora with the Frank Theatre, with a person silhouetted against a mountain landscape and "DIASPORA" in block letters with deep roots below the ground

The Frank Theatre presents a reading of Diaspora: an interdisciplinary, devised performance created by queer refugees and immigrants. This collaboration between the Frank’s Artistic Director, Fay Nass, and an ensemble of immigrant artists and community members explores the challenges and freedoms that come with living in exile. Through text, video and physical theatre, it asks audiences to look beyond the Western perception of LGBTQ+ identity, towards diverse notions of gender and sexuality. The personal stories in Diaspora reveal how language and culture shape queerness, and how many queer newcomers leave their country in search of community, only to be excluded from Western queer subcultures. Artistically innovative and emotionally authentic, Diaspora will move audiences and incite cultural exchange.

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Jesse – An ASL Opera

"Jesse - ASL opera workshop reading: Monday June 24, 7PM - re:Naissance Theatre with Landon Krentz" in white and purple letters on black, with a purple ASL icon and the Roundhouse logo in white

Jesse – An ASL Opera is a workshop reading by Landon Krentz, Heather Molloy & Paula Weber resulting from a two-week experimental process that gathered Deaf and Hearing artists to explore how poetry, music, English and ASL intersect. Bi-cultural and bilingual, this experience reflects a creative process that was both riveting and uncomfortable.

“You have failed the hearing test”.
No apologies required, it is fact. You look around seeking validation and a sense of belonging but you know that this result will never change. You will always fail. With both hands tucked beneath your buttocks, you feel the world closing in. You can’t remember the last time you felt warm and safe. It hits you, how strained and lonely it is inside this black box in the audiology department.

Jesse – An ASL Opera is about one man’s journey of self-discovery as he navigates Deaf culture, queerness and the rhythms of being human. The opera explores how language is seen, heard and understood by combining the movement, rhythmic structure and meter present in all ASL poetry and music.

In the midst of another all-too-frequent trip to the audiologist’s office, Jesse can’t help but wonder: when does it end? Jesse is a young man who has no choice but to navigate the hearing world as he explores the inner world inside his mind. This tension between his inner and outer worlds begin to manifest into an signed opera. The story inside him becomes more and more real as his mind wanders and fuels his desire for communication.

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