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11
Jul

Susan Casey Event Recap

Susan Casey is the former editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine and the author of New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks. At her exclusive Calgary Wordfest event on July 6, 2016, Susan Casey presented her new book, Voices in the Ocean, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
30
Jun

Postal Disruption? Just in case…

In the event of a postal disruption, we want our donors and patrons to be aware of the following alternatives to mail correspondence with Wordfest. If you are sending a donation by cheque, you may either drop off your contribution in-person at the Wordfest office in Eau Claire Market, 200...
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29
Jun

Books for Lazy Summer Days

It’s the last day of school!!!! At least for some students. It means that there should be more time for fun things to do, in and out of the house. If you want your kids (and teens) to have some quiet time between activities, let them pack a book and...
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24
Jun

Wordfest Youth Helps Teachers Plan for 2016-17

Each year our events delight the minds of students and we look forward to doing the same this upcoming October! School may be drawing to a close for students, but we, at Wordfest, know that your planning for the upcoming school year is already underway. As you draft out lesson...
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16
Jun

June is “Giving Challenge” Month

Have you heard of The Great Canadian Giving Challenge? Happening all June 2016, every dollar you donate to Wordfest qualifies us to win $10,000. Get all the details at givingchallenge.ca or follow the hashtag #GivingChallengeCA on social media this month. Proceeds from this campaign will go towards creating the 21st...
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15
Jun

Understanding Mental Health with Wesley King

The discussion surrounding mental health awareness is of prime importance in today’s day. And it is especially critical that today’s youth have a comprehensive understanding of the concept of mental health. It is for this reason that Wordfest Youth is incredibly excited to present Wesley King’s OCDaniel at the 2016 Festival. King’s OCDaniel  is...
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10
Jun

Have you Spotted an Early Bird Yet?

Wordfest Early Bird at Pop-up Piano Bar from Wordfest on Vimeo. Early Bird pass holders for Wordfest 2016 are growing in numbers. Grab yours while you still can. The Early Bird Gold Pass gives good-faith lit fans access to regularly priced events from October 7 to 17, 2016, for a...
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8
Jun

The Perfect Year-End Gift For Teachers

Have you ever found yourself in a dilemma over a gift for a teacher? This time of year, it’s a sentiment echoed by many parents. What do you buy? How much should you spend? And what do teachers really want, anyway? Calgary teachers say parents shouldn’t be afraid to ask...
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8
Jun

Who Was Your Author Crush?

We hope you had a chance to enjoy a lovely spring season so far, packed with pure fun and great reads as Wordfest welcomed authors Yann Martel, Micah White, Sam Maggs, Chris Cleave and Michael Crummey to Calgary’s stages. In case you missed out on past events this season, we’ve...
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3
Jun

Wordfest Teen Reads

International publishing company, Scholastic, stated in their annual report “The State of Kids & Reading”  that teens are losing interest in reading books for fun. Scholastic’s survey found that 58% of children, aged 6 to 17, love reading books for fun, however, their enjoyment of reading declines immensely after age...
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1
Jun

Audio from Shelley Youngblut’s Interview on Writer’s Block

CJSW 90.9FM Writer’s Block Recording Writer’s Block on CJSW 90.9 FM recently interviewed Wordfest General director Shelley Youngblut as she offered a personal tour of her home library. Also in this episode are readings from Harold Rhenisch’s book, Two Minds, and interviews with J.D. Mersault and D.K. Stone.
25
May

Michael Crummey and Chris Cleave Storify

May 20, 2016: The Banff Centre, Calgary Public Library and Wordfest hosted an evening with Chris Cleave, acclaimed author of Little Bee, and Michael Crummey, award-winning Canadian poet and author of short stories and novels.