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Aug 23 @ 7pm: Summer Reads Threesome: Vol. 3 – $5
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Sept. 14 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Clem and Olivier Martini – $15 + GST and Fees
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Sept. 20 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Doug Saunders – $20 + GST and Fees
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Sept. 20 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Kate Hilton – $15 + GST & Fees

Sept. 26 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Gail Bowen – $15 + GST and Fees
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Sept. 29 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Scaachi Koul – $20 + GST & Fees
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October 10-15, 2017. Regular events only. Excludes special events & year-round programming. Some restrictions apply.
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2017: Gabrielle Hamilton

Gabrielle Hamilton, chef/owner of New York City’s renowned restaurant, Prune, treated Calgary audiences to a delicious conversation in the Wordfest Engagement Lab on July 14th, 2017. A James Beard Foundation...
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2017: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night #3

Wordfest presented the 3rd edition of Dick Lit’s Trivia Night with host Richard Kemick and author Mark Kingwell. All trivia questions were loosely inspired by Kingwell’s latest novel Fail Better:...
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2017: Summer Reads Threesome Vol.1

This summer, join Calgary’s hottest book club ever – the perfect threesome for book lovers! Volume 1 of the Summer Reads Threesome, we dove into Zoey Leigh Peterson’s first novel,...
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Advertise in the 2017 Program Guide

There’s something for everyone at Wordfest, which is why you won’t want to pass on this opportunity to bring your message to our growing circles of enthusiastic fans. Our 68-page Festival Guide is a full-colour, high-gloss keepsake and promotional piece profiling all 80+ artists and books appearing in dozens of Wordfest events from October 10 to 15, 2017.

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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.

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

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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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