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Oct. 7-17, 2016 and Year-Round in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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May 21, 2016

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Upcoming Events

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Mon, May 16
Fri, May 20
Sat, May 21

Guy Gavriel Kay – $25

Join Wordfest, Calgary Public Library and Owl’s Nest Book and Gifts for an evening with the international bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, set in a world where history and fantasy collide. Guy Gavriel Kay presents his latest novel, Children of Earth and Sky, inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. This event features a reading and on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
Guy Gavriel Kay

Chris Cleave – $25

Join Wordfest, Calgary Public Library and Owl’s Nest Book and Gifts for an evening with the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the reader and bookseller favourite, Little Bee. Chris Cleave presents his latest novel, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage that moves Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta. This event includes on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
Chris Cleave
Mojo Anderson

The Banff Centre and Wordfest present Michael Crummey – $25

Join The Banff Centre, Calgary Public Library and Wordfest for an evening with Michael Crummey, award-winning Canadian poet and author of short stories and novels. Crummey is the 2015 inaugural recipient of the Writers’ Trust Fellowship and is currently faculty in The Banff Centre’s Literary Arts Program. The event features readings from recent work and an on-stage interview with Mojo Anderson, followed by a book signing. Michael Crummey has published nine books of poetry and fiction. Galore won the Canadian Authors’ Association Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada & Caribbean Region), and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Award...
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Michael Crummey
Mojo Anderson

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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.

October 7-17, 2016

Wordfest just celebrated its 20th anniversary and is dreaming big for the upcoming 21st annual Festval from October 7-17, 2016. Visit our Flickr page for photos of past events.

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Recaps of Wordfest 2015

Using a platform called Storify, we’ve collected all of the social media buzz, live-tweets, snapshots and live illustrations captured during the 20th anniversary Wordfest.

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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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Sam Maggs — April 27, 2016

Top 5 Tips For Writing (And Getting Into Writing)

Wordfest presents Sam Maggs
Apr. 27, 2016 @7pm
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library
616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
$25 Adults / $22 Students + Seniors
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