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Every October in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Wordfest Youth
Events in theatres and in schools
Every October
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20th Anniversary

Wordfest just celebrated its 20th anniversary in Calgary from October 13 to 18, 2015. Visit our Flickr page for photos from an incredible week.

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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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John Irving - Dec. 3

Wordfest presents John Irving
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre,
616 Macleod Trail SE
7pm, $25

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John Irving’s first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was 26. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times — winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp. He received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for his short story “Interior Space.” In 2000, Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person. An international writer — his novels have been translated into more than 35 languages — Irving lives in Toronto. His all-time best-selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany.

In Avenue of Mysteries, John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of North America’s most admired and beloved storytellers in this absorbing novel of fate and memory. Read more…

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