February

Wordfest presents Cherie Dimaline
Feb 23 @ 7 PM MT $20

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Wordfest is thrilled to announce our first big show of 2023: Metis author and screenwriter Cherie Dimaline, whose new novel VenCo is a wickedly subversive, deliciously imaginative, deeply feminist novel of contemporary witches on the rise. The conversation, hosted by Calgary's extraordinary Joshua Whitehead, starts at 7:00 PM MT and includes an audience Q&A and book signing. Shelf Life Books will be on site with copies of books by both authors. READ MORE

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As a newly published author, and as a first-time visitor to Calgary, I found the atmosphere at Wordfest truly singular and delightful and so, so warm. Numerous writers I’ve spoken with about their touring experience this year have expressed love for Wordfest, and I think you and your team have truly set a precedent for literary festivals in this country. I thank you for your care and ingenuity… You make this world a better place.”

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