Great reads ♦ Live authors ♦ Pure Fun
Oct. 7-17, 2016 and Year-Round in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

July 6th, 2016

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Wordfest presents Susan Casey: Voices in the Ocean

Susan Casey is editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine and the author of New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks. At this special Wordfest event, Susan Casey presents her new book, Voices in the Ocean, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
Susan Casey

Festival Passes Now on Sale

Make the most of your Wordfest experience from October 7 to 17, 2016.
Early Bird Pass

Available until September 9, 2016

Gain entry to all regularly-priced Wordfest events from October 7 to 17, 2016, and make the most of your Festival week in Calgary. This pass does not include special events and receptions. Read more…

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Platinum Pass

Available until September 9, 2016

This is your all-inclusive point of entry to the 21st annual Wordfest from October 7 to 17, 2016, including special events, catered events, receptions, premium seating of their choice, VIP benefits and special invitations when announced. Read more…

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School Group Bookings

Field Trips: $6 per student
In-School Author Visit: $500

The above, subsidized pricing is restricted to schools (Grades K to 12) wishing to book field-trip or in-school opportunities for their classrooms during Wordfest, from October 7 to 17, 2016. This offer applies only to the Wordfest Youth Program.

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Books for Lazy Summer Days

It’s the last day of school!!!! At least for some students. It means that there should be more time for fun things to do, in and out of the house....
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June is “Giving Challenge” Month

Have you heard of The Great Canadian Giving Challenge? Happening all June 2016, every dollar you donate to Wordfest qualifies us to win $10,000. Get all the details at
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Photos of Past Events

Wordfest featured a number of events this spring and is dreaming big for October 2016. Visit our Flickr page for photos of past events.

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Recaps of Past Events

Using a platform called Storify, we’ve collected all of the social media buzz, live-tweets, snapshots and live illustrations captured during Wordfest.

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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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Become a Wordy Do-Gooder

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 20-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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