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Wordfest Podcast #3: How to Fall in Love with Anyone

Listen to “Wordfest Presents: How to Fall in Love with Anyone” on Spreaker. Have you ever asked a stranger 36 questions, stared into their eyes for four minutes, and then fell in love? Author Mandy Len Catron did just that and wrote a book called, How to Fall in Love...
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Joey Comeau named 2017 Anne Green Award Recipient

(Calgary, AB — Sunday, October 15) At the “Family Ties” event at the Glenbow Museum Theatre this weekend as part of the 22nd annual Festival, Wordfest announced Joey Comeau as the 2017 Anne Green Award recipient. The annual award is given to an artist whose work explores and challenges the...
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Wordfest Podcast #2: Festival Sneak Peek

We are giving you an insider’s look into the 2017 Wordfest festival. From Oct. 9-15 the most delicious writers from Canada and the rest of the world will be serving up life-changing ideas at theatres around Calgary. Thank you for sharing your most anticipated authors with us! We can’t wait...
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2017: Summer Reads Threesome Vol.2

For volume 2 of the Summer Reads Threesome, we dove into Nicole Lundrigan’s novel, The Substitute, a finely crafted page-turner and a chilling look into the mind of a psychopath.  

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 winner, she is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of...
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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: Why Baseball Matters [View the story “Wordfest 2017: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night #3” on Storify]

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, Next Year, For Sure. [View the story “Wordfest 2017: Vol. 1 Summer Reads Threesome Book Club ” on Storify]

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.

2017: Mark Kingwell & Stacey May Fowles

In the greatest double header of the season, Mark Kingwell and Stacey May Fowles knocked the cover off the ball in the Wordfest Lab at Memorial Park Library. Both heavy hitters presented new books that toss a curve ball into our attitudes about baseball, both on and off the field,...
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Wordfest Podcast #1: Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad presented his first published novel, American War in the Wordfest Lab on May 24, 2017. The novel depicts America struggling with civil war, a manufactured plague, and environmental fallback due to global warming. The book provides readers with a frighteningly realistic depiction of the future of the...
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Mark Kingwell talking baseball on CBC Ideas

Mark Kingwell sits down with Paul Kennedy from CBC Ideas to chat about the essentially idyllic nature of baseball. Taking seriously the idea that baseball is a study in failure—a very successful batter manages a base hit in only three of every ten at-bats—Mark Kingwell argues that there is no...
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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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