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21
May

Rave reviews of American War by Omar El Akkad

Jeff VanderMeer on the biggest dystopia of spring, ‘American War’ by Omar El Akkad — LA Times Why dystopian fiction is just history repeating itself — Toronto Star A Fictional (So Far) History of the Second American Civil War – The New York Times Omar El Akkad’s American War, reviewed:...
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4
May

Praise for Barbara Gowdy

Barbara Gowdy’s latest fictional tour de force, Little Sister, is an impassioned tale of a woman’s determination to help a stranger, and to come to terms with a death for which she always felt responsible. Gowdy is an internationally acclaimed author of seven previous books, including Helpless, The Romantic, The...
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9
Mar

Parking Information for the John Dutton Theatre

Wordfest presents Heather O’Neill Friday, March 10 @ 7pm Doors open @ 6pm The event will be held at the Calgary Public Library, 2nd Floor, John Dutton Theatre (616 Macleod Trail SE). Your e-tickets from Eventbrite will be scanned at the door when we open at 6pm. You may present...
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6
Feb

High praise for Eden Robinson

Who wouldn’t judge a book by the praise it gets from fellow writers? Here’s what three notables had to say about Eden Robinson’s latest novel, Son of a Trickster. If Raven and Trickster got a show on Netflix, no one could write it but Eden Robinson. Talking ravens, party drugs,...
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26
Jan

Take the Michael Chabon Quiz

And don’t forget to save the date for The Yiddish Policemen’s Secret Ball on February 9 @ 7pm February 6 @ 7pm, a Michael Chabon pre-talk celebration held in advance of his public appearance at the University of Calgary on Thursday, February 16. 09 Feb 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30...
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14
Oct

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 Park Library and share its extensive arts and culture expertise with Calgary Public Library. It’s been more than a century...
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6
Oct

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 and Motel Theatre in Arts Commons, the Glenbow Theatre, River Cafe, Deane House and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery in the Simmons...
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5
Oct

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 our authors to the next level. Angie Abdou Angie Abdou teaches creative writing at Athabasca University. She has published four...
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4
Oct

Congrats GG Nominees

Over their 80 years, the GG Awards have expanded to include 7 categories, in both French and English, with a $25,000 prize. They have celebrated nearly 700 works by over 500 authors, poets, playwrights, translators and illustrators. For the winners and finalists, the awards bring valuable recognition from peers and...
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30
Sep

#YYCLiterarySidewalks

CALGARY, AB—To celebrate Alberta Culture Days, Calgary Public Library and Wordfest have teamed up to bring to life the wonderful words of several Calgary writers. It’s a gift of pop-up wordy goodness for the citizens of Calgary! Starting today, sidewalks throughout the City will come alive with literary quotes…whenever it...
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20
Sep

Mark Leiren-Young Featured on CBC’s The Current

In July, 1964, a killer whale was captured off the coast of Saturna Island in B.C. Hunters had meant to kill the orca to use as a model for a sculpture at the Vancouver Aquarium. But the harpoonist only injured the whale and it was towed back to Vancouver. A...
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7
Sep

2016 Giller Nominees at Wordfest

The longlist for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize is in! The nominees were selected by an esteemed five-member jury panel: Canadian writers Lawrence Hill (Wordfest 1997, 2007, 2015), Jeet Heer (Wordfest 2014) and Kathleen Winter (Wordfest 2014), along with British author Samantha Harvey and Scottish writer Alan Warner. 2016 Giller...
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