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Feb. 23 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Terry O’Reilly – $25
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Mar. 2 @ 6:30pm: CBC’s Canada Reads Book Club with Madeline Ashby – FREE – RSVP managed by CBC Calgary
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Mar. 10 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Heather O’Neill – $20
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Apr. 9 @ 2pm: Wordfest presents George Saunders – $20
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May 2 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Mary Walsh – $20
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May 18 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Barbara Gowdy – $20
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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 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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Announcing Calgary’s Arts & Culture Library

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Wordfest Kicks Off Oct. 7, 2016!

(Calgary, AB – October 6, 2016) The 21st edition of Wordfest kicks off October 7 and runs to October 16, 2016, at various Calgary venues including the Big Secret Theatre...
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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.

Recaps of Past Events

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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