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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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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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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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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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