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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.
"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