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2017: Summer Reads Threesome Vol.3

For volume 3 of the Summer Reads Threesome, we dove into Kate Hilton’s novel, Just Like Family, a witty and insightful exploration of juggling the demands of three husbands — a work husband, an almost husband and an ex-husband —...
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2017: Summer Reads Threesome Vol.2

For volume 2 of the Summer Reads Threesome, we dove into Nicole Lundrigan’s novel, The Substitute, a finely crafted page-turner and a chilling look into the mind of a psychopath.  

2017: Gabrielle Hamilton

Gabrielle Hamilton, chef/owner of New York City’s renowned restaurant, Prune, treated Calgary audiences to a delicious conversation in the Wordfest Engagement Lab on July 14th, 2017. A James Beard Foundation winner, she is the author of the New York Times...
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2017: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night #3

Wordfest presented the 3rd edition of Dick Lit’s Trivia Night with host Richard Kemick and author Mark Kingwell. All trivia questions were loosely inspired by Kingwell’s latest novel Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters [View the story “Wordfest 2017: Dick Lit’s...
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2017: Summer Reads Threesome Vol.1

This summer, join Calgary’s hottest book club ever – the perfect threesome for book lovers! Volume 1 of the Summer Reads Threesome, we dove into Zoey Leigh Peterson’s first novel, Next Year, For Sure. [View the story “Wordfest 2017: Vol....
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2017: Mark Kingwell & Stacey May Fowles

In the greatest double header of the season, Mark Kingwell and Stacey May Fowles knocked the cover off the ball in the Wordfest Lab at Memorial Park Library. Both heavy hitters presented new books that toss a curve ball into...
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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.

Wordfest 2016: Literary Death Match

A thrilling mix of authors take the stage to perform their most electric passages in seven minutes before a judging panel made up of their peers and cheered on by a boisterious audience. Dubbed “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the Los Angeles Times, the event is co-created and hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga

Susan Casey Event Recap

Susan Casey is the former editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine and the author of New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks. At her exclusive Calgary Wordfest event on July 6, 2016, Susan Casey presented her new book, Voices in the Ocean, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Michael Crummey and Chris Cleave Storify

May 20, 2016: The Banff Centre, Calgary Public Library and Wordfest hosted an evening with Chris Cleave, acclaimed author of Little Bee, and Michael Crummey, award-winning Canadian poet and author of short stories and novels.

Guy Gavriel Kay Storify

May 16, 2016: Wordfest hosted an evening with the international bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven, River of Stars, and now his latest Children of Earth and Sky set in a world where history and fantasy collide.

Sam Maggs Storify Recap

April 27, 2016, Calgary, Sam Maggs presented her bestselling debut book, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom.

Micah White Storify Recap

Wordfest presented Adbusters guru and protest innovator Micah White in conversation with Blake Brooker about his new book, The End of Protest, April 15, 2016, at the Big Secret Theatre in Arts Commons.

Yann Martel Recap

In partnership with the Calgary Public Library and Owl's Nest Books, Wordfest presented bestselling author Yann Martel who appeared in conversation with Harry Vandervlist about his new novel, The High Mountains of Portugal.

Kirstine Stewart Storify Recap

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.

Michel Chikwanine Storify Recap

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 Storify Recap

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 Storify Recap

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 2015: 20th Anniversary Celebrations Storify Recap

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.

Road Trip Rwanda Storify Recap

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.

Poetry Cabaret Storify Recap

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.

Wordfest 2015: Literary Death Match Storify Recap

A thrilling mix of famous and emerging authors from the Wordfest 2015 lineup performed their most electric writing in seven minutes before a live audience. Featuring Jeff Vandermeer, Sara Tilley, Sherwin Tija, Anakana Schofield and guest judges Zsuzsi Gartner, Susin Nielsen and Sean Dunnigan.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier Storify Recap

Sheila Watt-Cloutier appeared at Wordfest on Thursday, October 15, 2015, in Calgary, Alberta, thanks to generous support from the Calgary Foundation. She presented her book, The Right to Be Cold is a human story of resilience, commitment and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman. In spite of many obstacles, Watt-Clouitier rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural and human rights advocates in the world.

Lawrence Hill Storify Recap

Lawrence Hill's 2007 novel The Book of Negroes won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and both CBC Radio Canada Reads and Radio-Canada's Combat des livres. At Wordfest in Calgary, he presented his fourth novel, The Illegal, from October 13 to 14, 2015.

Don Gillmor, Nino Ricci, John Vaillant and Trevor Cole Storify Recap

"Wordfest, which took place in Calgary from Oct. 13 to 18, celebrated its 20th anniversary with programming featuring more than 70 authors – such as Lawrence Hill, Anakana Schofield, Raziel Reid, Susin Nielsen, and Nino Ricci – in panels, workshops, readings, and more this year." - Quill and Quire

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