Great reads ♦ Live authors ♦ Pure Fun
October 13-18, 2015
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Calgary
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70 Artists
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Your favourite Wordfest authors tell all at the Festival’s 20th!
Lineup announced
Sept. 2, 2015
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Wordfest Youth
Events in theatres and in schools
October 13 to 19, 2015
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20th Anniversary

Join us for a very special evening of events on Saturday, October 18, and other activities throughout the week.

Tickets on Sale Sept. 2nd!

OctoberFest LAB

Gather for live entertainment before and after the events taking place all week on the Wordfest and Fluid Festival line-ups.

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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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Wordfest Presents Ian Brown

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Glenbow Museum Theatre,
130 9th Ave SE
7-8:30pm, $25

The best-selling author and feature writer for the Globe and Mail presents Sixty: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?. The book is a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown truly realized that the man in the mirror was actually…sixty. This special pre-Festival event is hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s General Director, and is followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Ian Brown’s special pre-festival appearance is included as a bonus event for Gold and Platinum pass holders who buy before September 30, 2015. Read more…

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Countdown to Wordfest 2015

The Festival kicks off October 13, 2015!

43Days
18Hours
10Mins
27Secs

2015 Wordfest Youth Artists

Full Festival Lineup Announced Sept. 2nd!

Full Festival Program Announced Sept. 2nd!

Day 1
13 Oct 2015
Day 2
14 Oct 2015
Day 3
15 Oct 2015
Day 4
16 Oct 2015
Day 5
19 Oct 2015

Wordfest Youth Presents Bill Slavin

This family literacy event is geared to children (ages 3-6) and their caregivers and features interactive learning activities with illustrator and writer Bill Slavin. Sponsored by TD. Free admission. Bill...
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Bill Slavin

Wordfest Youth Presents Anne Villeneuve & Cybèle Young

Ideal for picture book readers in grades K-4, this interactive event brings together two Governor General Literary Award winners with a passion for illustration. Admission includes an optional craft activity...
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Anne Villeneuve
Cybèle Young

Wordfest Youth Presents Trina St. Jean & Susin Nielsen

Being a teenager can be hard enough. Add into the mix the challenges of a brain injury or the burdens of being academically gifted, but socially awkward, and the plot...
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Trina St. Jean
Susin Nielsen

Wordfest Youth Presents Kenneth Oppel

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel may seem unimaginable, with tales of supernatural wasps, but the presentation is so well done that the books will make you suspend your disbelief. For...
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Kenneth Oppel

Festival des mots: Elizabeth Turgeon et Christophe Mauri

Les romans d’Élizabeth Turgeon et Christophe Mauri sont parsemés d’intrigues et d’aventures. Ils sont aussi divertissants et servis par une écriture vive et pleine de trouvailles. A partir de la...
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Élizabeth Turgeon
Christophe Mauri

Wordfest Youth Presents Kenneth Oppel at Owl’s Nest Books

Meet the Governor General’s Award-winning author of the Airborn series and Silverwing, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Entertaining for all ages.
Kenneth Oppel

Wordfest Youth Presents Linda Bailey & Mélanie Watt

In Linda Bailey and Mélanie Watt’s newest books, two very different protagonists look to fulfill their destiny. In Bailey’s When Santa was a Baby, an odd ball baby boy embraces...
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Mélanie Watt
Linda Bailey

Festival des mots: Diya Lim et Édith Bourget

Poésie et humour sont à l’ordre du jour avec ces deux écrivains passionnés qui présentent leurs derniers titres. Diya Lim est auteure de nombreux livres pour enfant où la poésie...
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Diya Lim
Édith Bourget

Wordfest Youth Presents Kevin Sands & Kevin Sylvester

Kevin Sands and Kevin Sylvester are fiction writers who can’t wait to present their newest novels at Wordfest. Sylvester presents his latest mystery, MiNRS. Sands presents his first novel, The...
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Kevin Sylvester
Kevin Sands

Festival des mots: Édith Bourget et Maxim Cyr

Poésie et humour sont à l’ordre du jour avec ces deux écrivains passionnés qui présentent leurs derniers titres. Diya Lim est auteure de nombreux livres pour enfant où la poésie...
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Maxim Cyr
Édith Bourget

Wordfest Youth Presents David Robertson & Richard Van Camp

David Robertson and Richard Van Camp both write graphic novels about the history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. This event is a great way for students to learn about Indigenous...
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Richard Van Camp
David Alexander Robertson

Wordfest Youth Presents Michel Chikwanine

A former child soldier, Michel Chikwanine has already endured and overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. His passion and belief in the possibility for change make him a truly remarkable individual...
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Michel Chikwanine

Wordfest Youth Presents Michel Chikwanine

A former child soldier, Michel Chikwanine has already endured and overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. His passion and belief in the possibility for change make him a truly remarkable individual...
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Michel Chikwanine

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Tickets and Passes

Single Tickets

Single tickets range from $8 to $45+ depending on the performance. Most Festival main stage tickets are $20 in celebration of the Festival’s 20th Anniversary.

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Gold Pass
150.00

$150 Advance (available until October 4)

Gain entry to all events priced at or below $20 and make the most of your Festival week in Calgary. This pass excludes special events and receptions. Rush seating is subject to availability, but pass holders have the option of reserving seats in advance to guarantee admission at time of booking.*

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Platinum Pass
350.00

This is your all-inclusive point of entry to the 20th Anniversary Wordfest. If you’re looking to see everything possible over the six days—including special anniversary celebrations, catered events and receptions that offer a chance to wine, dine, mix and mingle with fellow Festival-goers—this pass is for you! Platinum pass holders may reserve their event tickets in advance, but also enjoy priority access to any rush seats made available on the day of an event.*

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