Apr 20 @ 7pm: Word Play — Pay What You Can – RSVP online with donation

Word Play takes you behind the scenes in the making of a new Canadian play. Join us for a stage reading of excerpts from five new scripts in development by members of Alberta Theatre Projects’ Playwrights Unit. Plus enjoy a post-show conversation with the playwrights moderated by local playwright and ATP Playwrights Unit Director Meg Braem. Read more…

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Apr 23 @ 7pm: Tima Kurdi (hosted by Amanda Lindhout)— $15 + GST & Fees

Tima Kurdi presents an intimate and poignant memoir about the family of Alan Kurdi — the young Syrian boy who became the global emblem for the desperate plight of millions of Syrian refugees — and of the many extraordinary journeys the Kurdis have taken, spanning countries and continents. Read more…

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Apr 24 @ 7pm: We’ve Read This Book Club — $5 Registration

Come prepared to delve into Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s novel Hysteria, described by Zoe Whittall as “a creepy, at times terrifying, thrill ride—taut and smart, and totally unpredictable.” Read more…

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April 26 @ 6:30pm: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night # 10 with Larissa Lai — $5 Registration

Prove you’re the smartest person in the library. Win big-league bragging rights and tasty beverages. Join the Calgary Public Library and Wordfest for the 9th Edition of Calgary’s most Guilt-Free Trivia Competition, hosted by Richard Kemick. Trivia questions are loosely inspired by the work of the month’s featured author, Larissa LaiRead more…

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May 2 @ 7pm: Timeless Tour: Genevieve Graham & Susanna Kearsley — $15 + GST & Fees

This is your chance to get up close and personal with two internationally bestselling authors who will have you travelling back in time to a world where history and hearts entwine. Susanna Kearsley and Genevieve Graham each present new novels about love, war, and intrigue. Read more…

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May 28 @ 7pm: Brian Goldman — $15 + GST & Fees

A veteran emergency room physician and host of the award-winning CBC Radio show White Coat, Black Art, Dr. Brian Goldman searches out some of the most empathic people alive, to hear their stories and learn their secrets. Read more…

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Sept 25 @ 7pm: Wab Kinew — $25 + GST & Fees

Inspired by President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing, author and musician Wab Kinew presents a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as Tecumseh, Sacagawea, and former NASA astronaut John Herrington. Read more…

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Photos of Past Events

Wordfest featured over 150 events in last year and is dreaming big for 2018. Visit our Flickr page for photos of past events.

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Recaps of Past Events

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Youth & School Programming

Over 10,000 young readers this year will experience the magic of interacting with live authors in schools and in theatres.

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A huge thank you to all of our supporters! Wordfest relies on government funding, sponsorships from corporations and foundations, volunteer support and charitable donations from individuals like you to ensure that we are able to continue our 23-year history of sparking live experiences for readers and writers. We invite you to consider donating to Wordfest this season as we plan for another year of igniting ideas and building community – one inspiring story at a time.

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