To host a literary artist for the Taleblazers Festival, follow these easy steps:

STEP 1: Look through the Find An Artist database on our website and find a Taleblazers presenter who best suits the needs of your school or library.

STEP 2: Complete the Taleblazers Festival booking form on our website. This form also serves to create or renew your membership. Please include the name and phone number of a summer contact person. This will ensure that the YABS office staff can contact you with any questions or scheduling problems.

STEP 3: Return the form to YABS as soon as possible. Simply complete it online and press the [submit] button at the bottom of the form. The form will automatically be sent to YABS and cc'd to the email you provide. If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of sending your form, please contact us by phone at 780-422-8232. Please check your email blockers to ensure that info@yabs.ab.ca is on your approved email list.

What happens next?

STEP 4: YABS staff will make the final arrangements for your request over the summer. In late August or early September, you will receive emails to confirm the times for the artist sessions, an invoice, and other information regarding the visit. Please read the schedule and other information carefully. Presenter contact information will be provided to you. Make sure you contact your presenter(s) in advance to confirm arrangements. Call our office if you have any questions.

STEP 5: As the date of your Taleblazers presentations approaches, consider promoting the event through your local media outlets.

STEP 6: At the time of your presentations, we will email a brief evaluation survey. Please complete and return one for each artist you host. Your comments are used by YABS staff, board, and presenters to ensure that future Taleblazers Festivals and other programs are successful. In December we enter the evaluations into a random draw and the winning host will receive a book prize! We would also love to receive any photos or newspaper articles resulting from your Taleblazers visit.

STEP 7: We will send you an invoice for the artist presentation fee and your membership fee. Invoices are payable by cheque to the Young Alberta Book Society or through Electronic Funds Transfer with the district (we are happy to fill out all necessary paperwork for EFTs). Please send your payment promptly after your booking takes place.

One last but very important item! We greatly appreciate letters of support to sponsors and funders expressing the positive impact Taleblazers has had on you and the young participants. This kind of endorsement helps us tremendously in securing funding and it is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do for us. A list will be included in a post-booking evaulation email. If our sponsors know that we are appreciated, we will be able to continue this great program for many years. Thank you.

The next annual Taleblazers Festival is set for October 5 - November 6, 2020!


We're saying goodbye to our old Taleblazers logo and introducing the new one above. Thank you to designer Stephen Fritz for his work on the new logo!