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Tuesday, October 17 @ 7pm
Bella Concert Hall,
Mount Royal University Conservatory
4825 Mount Royal Gate
$39.95 + GST and Fees (Includes Book)

Rupi kaur, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller milk and honey (Simon & Schuster Canada), presents her long-awaited second collection of poetry, the sun and her flowers. Chapters Indigo is the official bookseller for this event. Read more…

Over 80 authors on Calgary's stages, Oct. 9-15

Monday, October 9

10am-2pm: Alligator Pie All-Ages Launch Event

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Outdoor and indoor activities for the whole family, including origami, face painting, break dancing, sweet and savoury alligator pies from, and a giant balloon alligator in the park

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
@ 10am – 2pm, FREE

Featuring:
Tales from a Carnegie Library
Andrew Larsen @ 10:30am

A Taste of Alberta Theatre
Projects’ Charlotte’s Web
Ethan Cole, Sarah Wheeldon &
Tenaj Williams. Directed by Laurel Green @ 12:30pm

Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie
Dennis Lee @ 1:15pm

Tuesday, October 10

10:00am: Wordfest Youth presents Gabrielle Grimard & Mireille Messier

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Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $12

12:00pm: Tasty Bites: Michael Redhill & Linda Spalding

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Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, $5

12:30pm: Wordfest Youth presents Wesley King & Heather Smith

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Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $12

5:00pm: Happy Hour: Can Lit Unbound (featuring the Short Story Advent Calendar Launch)

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Featuring Michael Hingston, Nick Mount & Natalie Olsen
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $15

7:00pm: House of Anansi 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Featuring Nick Craine, Cary Fagan, Steven Heighton, Dennis Lee & Nick Mount
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $20

7:00pm: Tuesday Night Showcase: Timely & Tasty Suspense

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Featuring Nick Cutter, Roz Nay, Andrew Pyper & Michael Redhill
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

9:15pm: Late Night Series: How to Be … Wordy & Wild

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Featuring Geoff Berner, Caroline Connolly, Kris Demeanor & Rae Spoon
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

Wednesday, October 11

8:30am: A Morning with Linden MacIntyre

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Sidewalk Citizen Bakery – Simmons Building, $30

10:00am: Wordfest Youth presents Wesley King

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SpacePort at YYC Calgary
International Airport, $12

10:00am: Wordfest Youth presents Cale Atkinson & Ben Clanton

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Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $12

12:00pm: Wordfest & ProArts Society present Roz Nay & Andrew Pyper

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Cathedral Church of the Redeemer @ 12pm, FREE

12:00pm: Tasty Bites: Geoff Berner & Ron Sexsmith

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Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, $5

12:30pm: Wordfest Youth presents Susan Juby & Susin Nielsen

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Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $12

5:00pm: Happy Hour: The Way We Wear

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Geoff Berner, Claire Cameron, Susan Juby, Taylor Lambert, Susin Nielsen & Heather O’Neill
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $15

7:00pm: Wordfest Youth presents Kelly Collier

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Owl’s Nest Bookstore @ 7pm, FREE

7:00pm: Wednesday Night Showcase: Timely & Tasty Canadian Fiction

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Claire Cameron, Steven Heighton, Linden MacIntyre & Linda Spalding
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $20

7:00pm: Adult Fairy tales

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Heather O’Neill, Ron Sexsmith & Peter Unwin. Hosted by Peter Balkwill
Arts Commons – Big Secret
Theatre, $20

7:00pm: Authors Unbound: Rae Spoon

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Arts Commons – Motel Theatre, $10 at the door

9:15pm: Late Night Series: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night, featuring Three Nicks & A Dick

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Nick Craine, Nick Cutter & Nick Mount. Hosted by Richard Kemick
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $15

Festival Passes: $150 until October 1

Thursday, October 12

10:00am: Wordfest Youth presents Alice Kuipers & David A. Robertson

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Glenbow Museum Theatre, $12

10:00am: Tundra Books 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Featuring Ben Clanton, Cary Fagan, Susin Nielsen & Esta Spalding
Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $12

12:00pm: Tasty Bites: Special Surprise 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist

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Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, $5

12:30pm: Wordfest Youth presents Kelly Collier & Bill Richardson

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Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $12

6:00pm: Between the Pages: An Evening with The Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists

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Hosted by Marina Endicott
National Music Centre – Studio Bell, $30

7:00pm: Thursday Night Showcase: How Graphic Can You Get?

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Featuring Nick Craine, Sam Hester & David A. Robertson
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

7:00pm: The Enthusiast’s Guide to the Governor General’s Literary Awards

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Featuring David Chariandy, Lorna Crozier, Michael Harris, Mireille Messier & Linda Spalding
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $15

9:15pm: Late Night Series: Literary Death Match

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Featuring Ben Clanton, Susan Juby, Wesley King, Alice Kuipers, Bill Richardson & Esta Spalding. Hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $24

Friday, October 13

8:30am: A Morning with Tom Perrotta

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River Café – Prince’s Island Park, $35

10am: Wordfest Youth presents Cary Fagan & Esta Spalding

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Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $12

10:15am: Engine 23 Story Time Featuring Bill Richardson

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Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – Main Floor, FREE

12pm: Tasty Bites: Zoe Whittall

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Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, $5

5pm: The Association for German Education in Calgary presents Jenny Erpenbeck

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Hosted by Bernadette Raedler
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, FREE

5pm: Happy Hour: To Fall in Love with Anyone, DO THIS

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Featuring Mandy Len Catron
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre , $15

7pm: An Evening with Michael Finkel and Alexis Okeowo

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Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

7pm: Friday Night Showcase: The Second Glass of Wine

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Karen Connelly, Zoey Leigh Peterson, Eliza Robertson & Gina Sorell
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $20

7pm: Authors Unbound: M. NourbeSe Philip

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Arts Commons – Motel Theatre, $10 at the door

9:15pm: Poetry Cabaret

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Jordan Abel, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Hera Lindsay Bird, Lorna Crozier, Clea Roberts, Jamie Sharpe & Phoebe Wang. Hosted by Dymphny Dronyk
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

9:15pm: Late Night Series: The Third Pint of Beer

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Joey Comeau, Kevin Hardcastle, Jeff Lemire & Ed O’Loughlin
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $15

Saturday, October 14

10:00am: Gals & Good Times

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Angie Abdou, Martha Baillie, Mandy Len Catron, Eva Crocker & Melanie Mah. Hosted by Bill Richardson
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

10:00am: Into the Quiet

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Michael Finkel, Michael Harris, Kyo Maclear & Clea Roberts
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $20

10:00am: Workshop: Poetry

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Jordan Abel
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, $20

11:45am: Tasty Bites: Alexis Okeowo

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Arts Commons – Motel Theatre, $10 at the door

12:30pm: Workshop: Stand-Up Comedy

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Dawn Dumont
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, $20

1:00pm: Bionic Women Writers

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Hera Lindsay Bird, Kyo Maclear, Lauren McKeon, Alison Pick & Zoe Whittall
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

1:00pm: Northern Adventures

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Ken McGoogan, Ed O’Loughlin, Jamie Sharpe & Paul Watson
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $20

1:00pm: Saturday Afternoon Showcase: Timely & Tasty Short Fiction

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Camille Bordas, Eva Crocker, Kevin Hardcastle, Eliza Robertson & Deborah Willis
Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $20

3:00pm: Reel Life Tales

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Michael Finkel, Witi Ihimaera, Wayne Johnston & Esta Spalding
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

3:00pm: Sane Takes on an Insane World

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Payam Akhavan, Denise Chong, Jenny Erpenbeck & M. NourbeSe Philip
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $20

4:00pm: Culture Wars: The Indians Strike Back

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Chelsea Vowel
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, $20

5:00pm: Happy Hour: Book Club Bonanza

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Nicole Lundrigan, Tom Perrotta & Zoey Leigh Peterson.
Hosted by Anne Logan
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $15

7:00pm: An Evening with Tom Perrotta & Ruth Ware

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Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $20

7:00pm: Saturday Night Showcase: Timely & Tasty Indigenous Voices

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Billy-Ray Belcourt, Dawn Dumont, Witi Ihimaera, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson & Chelsea Vowel
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

9:15pm: Late Night Series: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

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Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

Sunday, October 15

8:30am: Brunch with Ruth Ware

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Deane House, $50

10:00am: Provocative Perspectives

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Ghada Alatrash, Martha Baillie, Nicole Lundrigan & Alison Pick
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $20

10am: Lighting a Fuse

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Michael Adams, Chris Turner, Paul Watson & Alexis Okeowo
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

11:45am: Tasty Bites: Wayne Johnston & Ken McGoogan

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Arts Commons – Motel Theatre, $10 at the door

1:00pm: Workshop: Character Development

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Alison Pick
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, $20

1:00pm: No Holds Barred

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Michael Adams, Karen Connelly, Lauren McKeon & M. NourbeSe Philip
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

1:00pm: Family Ties

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Camille Bordas, David Chariandy, Joey Comeau & Gina Sorell
Glenbow Museum Theatre, $20

2:30pm: An Afternoon with Will Ferguson

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Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, $20

3pm: Sunday Afternoon Showcase: Timely & Tasty International Writers

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Camille Bordas, Jenny Erpenbeck, Witi Ihimaera & Nicola Lagioia
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, $20

6:30pm: Tzavta Talks

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Nicola Lagioia
Sidewalk Citizen Bakery – Simmons Building, $55

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Sept. 20 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Doug Saunders – $20 + GST and Fees
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Sept. 26 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Gail Bowen – $15 + GST and Fees
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Sept. 27 @ 7pm: Wordfest Book Club with Anne Logan – $5 Registration
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Sept. 29 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents Scaachi Koul – $20 + GST & Fees
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