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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. 

June

Wordfest Presents David Beers & Steve Burgess
Jun 20 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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This pairing is guaranteed to be a total trip! Join veteran journalists David Beers (The Tyee and Mother Jones) and Steve Burgess (The Tyee and Swerve) in conversation with longtime collaborator (and major fan of both authors) Shelley Youngblut. Expect lively insights into travel, current affairs, and broad-based culture, all delivered with intelligence, humour, and more than a little irreverence. The show starts at 7PM MT and will be followed by an audience Q & A and book signing. READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Ian Ferguson, Will Ferguson & Susan Juby
Jun 22 @ 1 PM MT $15 - $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Lucky us! We get to celebrate the returns of flailing actress Miranda Abbott and Buddhist butler Helen Thorpe, two of Canada's most delightfully written amateur sleuths in the sequels to two of 2023's beloved new cosy mystery series. These delightfully quirky characters sprang from the imaginations of three Leacock Medal for Humour winners Ian Ferguson, Will Ferguson, and Susan Juby, who will be sparking mayhem on the stage at Memorial Park Library. The afternoon conversation, hosted by Wordfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut, starts at 1PM MT and and will be followed by an audience Q & A and book signing fuelled by Owl’s Nest Books. If you can't wait until after the show to find out whodunnit, you can pre-order both sequels and backlist titles here. READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Carley Fortune
Jun 23 @ 4 PM MT $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Carley Fortune is FINALLY going to be on stage in Calgary! The breakout bestselling author of Meet Me at The Lake is doing a 4PM afternoon extravaganza on Sunday, June 23 at Central Library. Your ticket includes an exclusive, in-depth conversation, hosted by Wordfest's Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut, as well as an audience Q & A and book signing. A Wordfest photographer will be there to take selfies with Carley that you can download after the show. READ MORE
Reading in the Wild
Jun 25 @ 5 PM MT FREE

Memorial Park (OUTDOORS) 1221 2 St SW
1221 2 St SW
Wordfest and Calgary Public Library are excited to announce Reading in the Wild, Calgary’s first annual outdoor Read-A-Thon! Imagine Calgary’s most beautiful inner-city park bursting with people of all ages enjoying the simple pleasure of reading outside. It’s time to bring those books off the shelves and into the sunshine! This event is for everyone – children, teens, seniors, friends, neighbours, colleagues, new Calgarians, well-behaved pups. Readers of all ages will be welcome to bring a blanket and book (or borrow one on site!) to the Park, to read amongst fellow readers in the wild. READ MORE

July

Wordfest Presents Jessica Waite
Jul 30 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $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

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