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.
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 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'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.
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