Coming Up Next


Feb. 1 @ 7pm: Walking on the Moon: Stephen Shawcross – FREE Admission


Feb. 13 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Eden Robinson – $20
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Feb. 23 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Terry O’Reilly – $25
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Recent News

Getting to Memorial Park Library

Wordfest presents Robbie Robertson on Wednesday, Dec. 7, @ 7pm, at the Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University, 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary. If you are currently a ticket holder to this event and are picking up your tickets at the door (i.e. you have not made prior arrangements to have them mailed), please go directly to the Bella Concert Hall when the box office table opens in the lobby at 6pm.

Announcing Calgary’s Arts & Culture Library

CALGARY—Bill Ptacek, CEO, Calgary Public Library, and Shelley Youngblut, General Director, Wordfest, today announced a creative collaboration that sees Wordfest move its operations to the top floor of the Memorial...
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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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Meet Some of the Hosts at Wordfest 2016

Oct. 7-16, 2016, over 90 writers descend upon Calgary to connect readers with life-changing ideas about the world around us. But it’s our distinguished hosts who take the conversation with...
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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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