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2017: Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad is an award-winning Canadian journalist living in Portland Oregon. At his exclusive Calgary Wordfest event on May 24, 2017, Omar El Akkad presented his first published book, American War, followed by an on-stage interview, reading and book signing.

Dick Lit’s Trivia Night #2

Wordfest presented the 2nd edition of Dick Lit's Trivia Night with host Richard Kemick and author Suzette Mayr. All trivia questions were loosely inspired by Mayr’s latest novel Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall.

2017: Barbara Gowdy

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. At her exclusive Calgary Wordfest event on May 18, 2017, Barbara Gowdy presented her new book, Little Sister, followed by an on-stage interview, reading and book signing.

2017: Kelly Oxford

Kelly Oxford is an activist, author, blogger, screenwriter and more. She is using social media to normalize conversations about sexual assault and anxiety using platforms such as Twitter to engage millions of followers using hashtags like #notokay. At her exclusive Calgary Wordfest event on May 5, 2017, Kelly Oxford presented her new book, "When You Find Out the World is Against You: And Other Funny Memories about Awful Moments" followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Wordfest 2017: Mary Walsh

Canadian actress, comedian and author Mary Walsh took on the John Dutton Theatre on May 2nd to talk about her new book, "Crying for the Moon." At her exclusive Calgary Wordfest event, Mary Walsh read a passage from her book, interviewed with comedian Cory Mack, took part in an audience Q&A, and signed her book for Wordfest patrons.

2017: ATP Word Play

On April 21, 2017, Wordfest featured the Alberta Theatre Projects’ Playwrights Unit, Word Play takes you behind the scenes in the making of a new Canadian play. The event included the reading of excerpts from six new scripts in development and a conversation with the playwrights.

2017: Emma Donoghue and Susin Nielsen

Powerhouse storytellers Emma Donoghue and Susin Nielsen appeared 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.

2017: Heather O’Neill (The Lonely Hearts Hotel)

Heather O'Neill is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter and essayist as well as the winner of Canada Reads 2007 and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. At her exclusive Calgary Wordfest event on March 10, 2017, Heather O'Neill presented her new book, "The Lonely Hearts Hotel" followed by an on-stage interview, reading and book signing.

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