Mar 21 @ 7pm: Amy Kaufman — $15 + GST & Fees

Finally, the FIRST definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America’s favorite guilty pleasure. Los Angeles Times journalist Amy Kaufman is a proud member of Bachelor Nation and has a long history with the franchise. Here, she explores what our fascination with the show means culturally. Read more…

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Mar 22 @ 6:30pm: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night #9 — $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 writer and Calgary Poet Laureate Micheline Maylor. But familiarity with her work is not required and will not necessarily increase your chances of winning. Read more…

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Mar 23 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Tom Rachman – $15 + GST & Fees

Tom Rachman presents 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, Tom 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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Mar 24 @ 1pm: Potent Talks: Literature of Restoration Workshop — $50 + GST & Fees

What we care about, what matters to us, what we are called to speak about can be communicated in so many ways beyond the outright statement. A swift glimpse into ways we can use language and inquiry to deepen and hearten our intensions. Read more…

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Mar 24 @ 7pm: Potent Talks: Deena Metzger — $25 + GST & Fees

Perhaps never before in the history of humankind has the disparity between Indigenous mind and Western mind been more on the pulse of what we must pay attention to in order to ensure our survival. Deena Metzger has written a novel in which two people, who are from each side of this polarity, begin a loving relationship. Read more…

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Apr 9 @ 7pm: Daemon Fairless & Elizabeth Renzetti — $15 + GST & Fees

From Elizabeth Renzetti’s witty take on the future of feminism, to Daemon Fairless’ candid look at the hidden geography of male violence, this evening is guaranteed to leave you brimming with fresh perspectives on how far we’ve come — and how far we have to go. Read more…

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Apr 16 @ 7pm: Kate Harris — $15 + GST & Fees

Award-winning nature and travel writer Kate Harris presents Lands of Lost Borders, an exuberant account of her journey by bicycle along the fabled Silk Road. Her debut memoir weaves adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration. Read more…

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Apr 17 @ 7pm: Marcello Di Cintio — $15 + GST & Fees

Marcello Di Cintio presents Pay No Heed to the Rockets, a political-literary travelogue that tells a fresh story about Palestine — one that begins with art rather than war, and uncovers a humanity, and a beauty, often unnoticed by news media. Read more…

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April 18 @ 7pm: Poetry Cabaret — $15 + GST & Fees

Wordfest and the League of Canadian Poets present timeless, evocative poetry with five kickass visionaries: Rayanne Haines, Emma Healey, David Martin, Arleen Pare & Shannon Webb-Campbell. This event includes on stage readings and poetic performances, followed by a book signing. Read more…

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Apr 19 @ 7pm: Jamil Jivani — $15 + GST & Fees

In Why Young Men, Jamal Jivani presents a brilliant, moving examination of the roots of jihadi radicalization, and how and why young men are influenced and what we can do about it. Hosted by Zain Velji. 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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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 8 @ 7pm: Rachel Giese — $15 + GST & Fees

Rachel Giese’s latest book examines how the toxic rules and damaging messages around manliness can hinder boys’ emotional and social development. Could what’s been labelled “the boy crisis” be the beginning of a revolution in how we raise young men? Find out at this mind-blowing conversation and audience Q&A with the award-winning writer and columnist. 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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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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