May

May 24 @ 6:30pm: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night # 11 with Sarah Johnson — $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 11th 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, Sarah Johnson. 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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June

June 13 @ 7pm: We’ve Read This Book Club — $5 Registration

Come prepared to delve into Manhattan Beach, a noir thriller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan. The novel takes readers into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Read more…

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June 21 @ 6:30pm: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night # 12 — $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 12th Edition of Calgary’s most Guilt-Free Trivia Competition, hosted by Richard Kemick. Trivia questions are loosely inspired by the month’s featured author. But familiarity with the writer’s work is not required and will not necessarily increase your chances of winning. Read more…

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June 26 @ 7pm: Judy Rebick — $15 + GST & Fees

Don’t miss this evening with renowned Canadian social justice and feminist activist, writer, journalist, educator and speaker Judy Rebick. Her new memoir, Heroes in My Head, is a fascinating, heartbreaking, but ultimately empowering story about the public and private battles that have shaped her life Read more…

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July

July 18 @ 7pm: We’ve Read This Book Club — $5 Registration

Come prepared to delve into Tom Rachman’s The Italian Teacher, a masterful new novel about the son of a great painter striving to create his own legacy, the power of art and the perils of family treachery. With his signature humanity and humor, Rachman examines a life lived in the shadow of greatness, cementing his place among his generation’s most exciting literary voices. Read more…

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August

Aug 22 @ 7pm: We’ve Read This Book Club — $5 Registration

Register now for this book club event, and you will be notified immediately once the featured book has been confirmed for August. Read more…

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August 23 @ 6:30pm: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night # 14 — $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 14th Edition of Calgary’s most Guilt-Free Trivia Competition, hosted by Richard Kemick. Trivia questions are loosely inspired by the month’s featured author. But familiarity with the writer’s work is not required and will not necessarily increase your chances of winning. Read more…

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September

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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November

November 8 @ 7pm: Eden Robinson — $15 + GST & Fees

Eden Robinson presents her latest novel, Trickster Drift, the second book in her captivating Trickster trilogy that began with the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated Son of a Trickster. This event includes an on-stage interview with the author, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Read more…

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