For me, part of the fun of organizing The Word On The Street Festival is getting to actually talk to some pretty important musical talents who I’ve been watching from a seat in the audience for years! One of these is John Wort Hannam, who I first saw probably 10 years ago at the Howling Wolf Stage organized by the Lethbridge Folk Club, and dozens of times since then at events all over southern Alberta.
From the website www.johnworthannam.com here’s a bit of background… John Wort Hannam comes from a long line of people who make a living using their hands. His great-great grandfather drove horse and buggy for the village doctor. His great-grandfather was a stevedore, his grandfather, a farmer and his father still works as a master carpenter. Wort Hannam now carries on the tradition making his living writing songs and playing music. He independently released his debut CD “pocket full of holes” in 2002 and his 2nd CD “Dynamite and ‘Dozers” in 2004. His third CD “Two-Bit Suit” was released by Black Hen Music in the spring of 2007. In May of 2009 John went back in the studio and recorded “Queen’s Hotel” which won the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year.
That’s just one more reason you should sign up to volunteer for the Festival… you’ll never know who you might meet in the Green Room.
Feeling ill? A sure remedy to wash away those aches, pains and worries come Sepetmber is to Check In with Doctor of the Blues, Marshall Lawrence.
Maple Blues Award Nominee and Canadian Independent Music Award Nominee, Marshall Lawrence “Doctor of the Blues” is a true “Prairie Bluesman”. Marshall has been inducted into the Blues of Hall of Fame® as a Great Blues Artist from Canada. Marshall performs acoustic slide & finger-style blues and roots with a true and genuine blues feel. He performs as a solo act, just Marshall and his National guitars creating an intimate acoustic experience. His music is described as Neo-Delta Acid Blues & Roots – delta-style blues and roots with a raw edge & an acid twist.
Get a sneak peak here of Marshall’s unique brand of blues, and come out September 25th to see the man live in action
The Giller Prize is the largest purse for literature in the country! It recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction – long format or short stories – and endows a cash prize annually of $50,000.00 to the winner and $5,000 to each of the four finalists.
Two authors making an appearance at Lethbridge’s The Word On The Street Festival on September 25th are in the running to make the long list for this prestigious Canadian Literary Award. Help Betty Jane Hegerat (The Boy) and Angie Abdou (Canterbury Trails) make the longlist!
Submit your nomination online to CBC Books today.
Today LPL Teenbrarian Paige McGeorge was telling me about one of her favorite authors who does really well connecting to young adults (featured in this review on Bookreporter) and who will be appearing in person at The Word On The Street Lethbridge:
“Sigmund Brouwer is an author who seldom disappoints, and his latest release could be used as Exhibit A in proving why that is. In FLIGHT OF SHADOWS, he nails every element of satisfying futuristic fiction with the skills, talent, and passion of an author who chooses craftsmanship over mass production.
FLIGHT OF SHADOWS is the sequel to Brouwer’s 2008 release, BROKEN ANGEL, but he is such a gifted writer that there’s never a moment when a reader new to the series feels lost in this follow-up story. His writing is such that the reader wants to read the first book rather than feel that she has to in order to figure out what’s going on. Brouwer seamlessly picks up the story line from BROKEN ANGEL and continues it without missing a beat.”
– Review by Marcia Ford. Read full review on Bookreporter