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Please note that tickets to upcoming events this season are only available online through Eventbrite or through for free events requiring an RSVP. Click the event titles below for more information and to purchase online. For assistance, please contact the Wordfest office at 403-237-9068 or email 

Sun, Apr 9

Wordfest presents George Saunders – $20

Join Wordfest, Penguin Random House and the Calgary Public Library for the much-anticipated Calgary appearance of George Saunders, who presents his new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, at the dawn of the American Civil War. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night and narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, the novel is an exploration of struggle, death, love and the powers of good and evil. This event is hosted by Zsuzsi Gartner.
George Saunders
Zsuzsi Gartner
Mon, Aprl 10

Wordfest presents Emma Donoghue and Susin Nielsen – $20

Powerhouse storytellers Emma Donoghue and Susin Nielsen appear before an all-ages audience to present their new novels, each celebrating the love that binds together even the most extraordinary family configurations and unique friendships. Whether you're twelve or ninety, there's something for everyone in this inclusive and accessible evening full of laughter, mind-blowing conversations, readings and an audience Q&A.
Emma Donoghue
Susin Nielsen
Tues, Apr 18

Wordfest presents Karen Connelly

Happily married, great career, mother of two. What more could a woman possibly want? Enter The Change Room, by award-winning writer Karen Connelly, and find out. Join us at Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library's Engagement Lab at Memorial Park Library for an evening with the bestselling author of eleven books, spanning non-fiction, fiction and poetry. This event features readings and conversations with the author, followed by a book signing.
Fri, Apr 21

Wordfest and ATP present Word Play

Featuring Alberta Theatre Projects’ Playwrights Unit, Word Play takes you behind the scenes in the making of a new Canadian play. Join us for a stage reading of excerpts from six new scripts in development and a conversation with the playwrights.
Sun, Apr 23

SOLD OUT – Wordfest presents Lilly Singh – $39.95 + GST

Lilly Singh isn't just a superstar. She's Superwoman—which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances. It's no wonder she's garnered more than a billion views. But Lilly didn't get to the top by being lucky—she had to work for it. Hard. Join Wordfest and Penguin Random House for her much-anticipated Calgary appearance at the beautiful Bella Concert Hall. Ticket includes a pre-signed book by Lilly Singh ($32 value!). Hosted by Mike Morrison.
Lilly Singh
Mike Morrison
Tues, May 2

Wordfest presents Mary Walsh – $20

Canadian actress, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh tells the unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age in 1960s Newfoundland. This event includes an on-stage interview followed by a signing of her new book, Crying for the Moon. Hosted by comedian Cory Mack.
Mary Walsh
Cory Mack
Fri, May 5

Wordfest presents Kelly Oxford – $39.95 + GST

The author of the New York Times bestseller Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar returns with a deeper and even funnier new collection of essays about the pleasures and perils of living in Kelly Oxford’s head. At Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library's Engagement Lab, the author presents her latest work, When You Find Out the World is Against You. Each tickets includes a copy of the book. Hosted by Mike Morrison.
Kelly Oxford
Mike Morrison
Thur, May 18

Wordfest presents Barbara Gowdy – $20

Meet the author and explore the limits of the human mind. 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. Barbara Gowdy is an internationally acclaimed author of seven previous books, including Helpless, The Romantic, The White Bone, Mister Sandman, We So Seldom Look on Love and Falling Angels. This Wordfest event is presented in partnership with the Calgary Public Library and includes an on-stage interview, reading and book signing.
Wed, May 24

Wordfest presents Omar El Akkad – $15

Omar El Akkad presents an audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle — a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.
Omar El Akkad