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Please note that tickets to upcoming events in February and March 2017 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 

Thur, Mar. 2

CBC’s Canada Reads Book Club with Madeline Ashby – FREE

Join CBC's Russell Bowers for a one-night-only event with author Madeline Ashby in Wordfest's Engagement Lab on the 2nd Floor of Memorial Park Library. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Thur, Feb. 23

SOLD OUT – Wordfest presents Terry O’Reilly – $25

For over a decade on CBC Radio, Terry O'Reilly has covered countless marketing topics, from the origins of modern marketing to how the advertising industry invented the happy housewife. Following his bestselling, Age of Persuasion, in This I Know: Marketing Lessons Under The Influence O’Reilly tackles the question: How does a little business compete with the big guys? This event features an on-stage interview, audience Q&A and book signing. Books by Terry O’Reilly will be available for purchase at the venue after the event.
Terry O’Reilly
Patti Derbyshire
Fri, Mar. 10

Wordfest presents Heather O’Neill – $20

Join Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library for an evening with Heather O'Neill, author of the critically acclaimed Lullabies for Little Criminals and two-time Giller Prize shortlisted nominee. O’Neill presents her latest novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, a dazzling circus of a story set in the seductive underside of Montreal and New York between the wars. The event includes an on-stage interview, reading and book signing.
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
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
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.