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Wordfest™ beams out from Calgary, Canada in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, Treaty 7 territory. We are an entrepreneurial arts non-profit founded in 1996 as one of Canada’s leading literary festivals. Our small team’s mission (which is to connect the world’s best audiences with the world’s best authors) has evolved to include producing lively, accessible shows year-round, in addition to the fall Imaginairium Festival (coming Oct. 16-20, 2024). Our unique (and free) Wordfest Youth program focuses on Grades 5 to 12 to fuel teen literacy, providing interactive experiences and class sets of books to thousands of students every year. We also produce Imagine On Air Audio, as well as online programming. 

Our goal? To help you think bigger, dig deeper, and build meaningful relationships. Sign up for our newsletter here to become a part of the vital Wordfest community. 

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July

Wordfest Presents Jessica Waite
Jul 30 @ 7 PM MT $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Wordfest is thrilled to be showcasing Jessica Waite and her no-holds-barred, sometimes wry, always moving memoir, The Widow’s Guide to Dead Bastards. The conversation, hosted by Ali Bryan, starts at 7 PM MT and includes an audience Q & A and book signing. Waite's journey from emerging author to centerstage with one of 2024's most highly anticipated new books is almost too good to be true. And now you have the power to put her on the bestseller lists by pre-ordering copies of the book here for pick-up at the show. Of course, Owl's Nest Books will also have The Widow's Guide to Dead Bastards for sale at the event, along with Bryan's backlist. READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Ann Powers
Jul 31 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Rock out (thoughtfully)! Wordfest is thrilled to present legendary music critic Ann Powers and her new book about an Alberta-born icon:  Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell. The conversation, hosted by Wordfest's Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut, includes an audience Q & A and book signing, fuelled by Shelf Life Books. Ticket holders can pre-order copies of Travelling and Powers' backlist here for pick-up at the event. READ MORE

August

Wordfest Presents Kathy Reichs with Hart Hanson
Aug 15 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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It's an exclusive, in-person Bones reunion! Not only does Calgary get to celebrate Kathy Reichs, we get to do it with Hart Hanson, the creator of the celebrated TV edition of Bones. They'll be talking about Fire and Bones (the 23rd Temperance Brennan novel), as well as The Seminarian, which introduces us to Hanson's unforgettable detective Xavier "Priest" Priestley. This rollicking good time starts at 7PM and includes a book signing, fuelled by Owl’s Nest Books. READ MORE
A Morning with Hart Hanson
Aug 16 @ 9 AM MT $10 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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It's been a whirlwind book tour for The Seminarian and TV genius (he describes himself self-effacingly as a "typist") Hart Hanson, with pals like Rainn Wilson (Dwight in The Office) already stepping up for their friend in the U.S. Wordfest is lucky to have one of Hanson's oldest and drollest pals, journalist Stephen Hunt, do the hosting honours for us in a morning event that will be half talk show, half master class. Want to know how to expertly create character, plot, dialogue, and humour? Ask Hanson. Want to know how to turn a book into a TV series? Ask Hanson. The conversation starts at 9AM MT and includes an audience Q & A and book signing, fuelled by Owl’s Nest Books. The conversation starts at 9AM MT and includes an audience Q & A and book signing, fuelled by Owl’s Nest Books. READ MORE

September

Wordfest Presents Becka Mack
Sep 12 @ 7 PM MT $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Wordfest presents  TikTok Sensation and bestselling author Becka Mack to celebrate the release of Fall with Me, the fourth book in her "Playing for Keeps" hockey romance series. “Hilarious, hotter than a ghost pepper, with an amazing cast of characters I can’t get enough of, found family that hits right in the heart and utterly addicting storytelling, Fall with Me captivated me from the very first page and never let me go," raves Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author of Pucked. Your ticket includes an exclusive conversation, hosted by Slow Burn Book's Nicola MacNaughton, as well as a book signing. READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Carol Off +  Festival Preview
Sep 16 @ 6 PM MT $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Let’s talk about big, timely ideas – and the big, penetrating brain behind them. Wordfest is thrilled to bring acclaimed Canadian journalist Carol Off to Calgary to discuss A Loss for Words: Conversation in an Age of Rage. This 7PM MT conversation, hosted by Shelley Youngblut, will be preceded at 6PM MT with an exclusive preview of Wordfest’s 2024 Imaginairium. Owl’s Nest Books will have copies of Off’s new book and backlist, as well as a tasty selection of titles by festival authors. *Both Carol Off and the Festival Preview are included in the Festival Pass, which you can purchase here. READ MORE

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