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Wordfest had the honour of hosting Kirstine Stewart for a noontime conversation in Calgary on Oct. 30, 2015. In her new book, Kirstine Stewart draws on her extensive leadership experience with Twitter, the CBC and Alliance Atlantis to take the conversation about women and work to a whole new level.
A former child soldier, Michel Chikwanine has already endured and overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. His debut children’s graphic novel, Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War, is the sometimes heartbreaking but ultimately inspiring true story of the triumph of the human spirit.
Wab Kinew was named by Postmedia News as one of “9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know.” He is the Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at The University of Winnipeg and a correspondent with Al-jazeera America. After successfully defending Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda on CBC’s Canada Reads literary competition, he was named the 2015 host. In 2012, he also hosted the acclaimed CBC-TV documentary series 8th Fire. His hip-hop music and journalism projects have won numerous awards. He appeared at Wordfest 2015 thanks to generous support from the Calgary Foundation.
Patrick deWitt is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Stephen Leacock Medal, and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Wordfest's 20th Anniversary culminated in very special evening events on Saturday, October 18. Our founders understood the vital role Wordfest would play in creating Calgary's identity and well-being, and we can't wait to see what we can spark together moving forward.
Twenty years after the genocide that left Rwanda in ruins, Will Ferguson traveled deep into the “Land of a Thousand Hills” with his friend and cohort Jean-Claude Munyezamu, a man who escaped Rwanda just months before the killings began. Both Ferguson and Munyezamu appeared in Wordfest 2015.
David Robertson and Richard Van Camp both write graphic novels about the history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Their appearance at Wordfest, October 13-18, 2015, was a great way for readers of all ages to learn about Indigenous history.
Wordfest poets and artists Derek Beaulieu, Lorna Crozier, Joshua Edwards, Ulrikka S. Gernes, Monica Kidd, Patrick Lane, Peter Midgley, Damian Rogers & Nick Thran used the stage as the page, cabaret-style, and pushed the limits of the spoken and written word.