Tickets to Year-Round Events Outside the Festival

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Wednesday, February 21 @ 7pm
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW, Calgary
$15 + GST & Fees

Furiously Happy meets Elaine Lui in this truly original—and surprisingly hilarious—memoir about one woman’s journey to learn how to walk after a debilitating diagnosis turned her life upside down. Wordfest’s evening with actress and writer Ruth Marshall will not only entertain but also inspire audiences to put their best foot forward and walk off anything life throws their way. Hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest CEO & Creative Ringleader, this event includes an on-stage interview with the author, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Ruth Marshall, an actress for more than twenty years, is possibly best known for her roles in Degrassi: The Next Generation—as Clare’s mom—and for playing Billy Ray Cyrus’s boss on Doc. These days, she confines her acting to voice-over work. Ruth lives with her husband and two sons in Toronto. Walk It Off is her first book. Follow her on Instagram @ruthmarshallwrites.

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Monday, February 26 @ 7pm
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW, Calgary
Free Admission (RSVP required)

A twist on the Wordfest Book Club and in celebration of Freedom to Read Week, join us for a discussion of censorship and the controversy surrounding the award-winning graphic novel, This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Hosted by Anne Logan of ivereadthis.com, this event is presented in partnership with the Calgary Public Library and the Writer’s Guild of Alberta. Freedom to Read Week is is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read more…

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Tuesday, February 27 @ 6:30pm
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW, Calgary
$5 Registration

Prove you’re the smartest person in the library. Win big-league bragging rights and tasty beverages. Join the Calgary Public Library and Wordfest for the 7th Edition of Calgary’s most Guilt-Free Trivia Competition, hosted by Richard Kemick. All trivia questions are loosely inspired by Russell Smith’s award-winning short story collection, Confidence. But familiarity with Smith’s work is not required and will not necessarily increase your chances of winning. Read more…

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Tuesday, March 6 @ 7pm
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW, Calgary
$15 + GST & Fees

Patrick Lane presents his latest novel, Deep River Night, a riveting story about the burden of bearing witness to a terrible crime. Hosted by Rosemary Griebel, this event includes an on-stage interview with the author, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Lane is one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets, and his distinguished career spans fifty years and more than twenty-five volumes of poetry. Patrick Lane’s first novel, Red Dog, Red Dog, a national bestseller, a finalist for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the Giller Prize and named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. His memoir, *There Is a Season*, won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the inaugural British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-fiction, and was also a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize, the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Non-fiction. Read more…

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Thursday, March 8 @ 7pm
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW, Calgary
$15 + GST & Fees

Following in the tradition of Sara Ahmed (the originator of the concept “feminist killjoy”), Erin Wunker brings memoir, theory, literary criticism, pop culture, and feminist thinking together in this mind-blowing presentation of her essay collection, Notes from a Feminist Killjoy. Wunk takes up Ahmed’s project as a multi-faceted lens through which to read the world from a feminist point of view. This event features readings and an on-stage interview with the author, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Neither totemic nor complete, the nonfiction essays that make up Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life attempt to think publicly about why we need feminism, and especially why we need the figure of the feminist killjoy, now. Read more…

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Friday, March 23 @ 7pm
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
616 Macleod Trail SE
$15 + GST & Fees

Join Wordfest for an evening with acclaimed author Tom Rachman who presents The Italian Teacher, a masterful new novel about the son of a great painter striving to create his own legacy, the power of art and the perils of family treachery. With his signature humanity and humor, Tom Rachman examines a life lived in the shadow of greatness, cementing his place among his generation’s most exciting literary voices. This event includes a reading and on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

With the publication of his first novel The Imperfectionists, Canadian writer Tom Rachman became an international publishing sensation. Rachman followed his impressive debut with The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, the powerful account of one woman’s unexpected journey of self- discovery. Read more…

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Monday, April 23 @ 7pm
John Dutton Theatre
Calgary Public Library, 2nd Floor
616 Macleod Trail SE
$15 + GST & Fees

Tima Kurdi presents an intimate and poignant memoir about the family of Alan Kurdi — the young Syrian boy who became the global emblem for the desperate plight of millions of Syrian refugees — and of the many extraordinary journeys the Kurdis have taken, spanning countries and continents. Hosted by Amanda Lindhout, coauthor of A House in the Sky, this event includes an on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.Read more…

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