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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. 

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February

Wordfest & Taylor Centre for Performing Arts Present Dr. Jen Gunter
Feb 21 @ 7 PM MT 

Bella Concert Hall
4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
Wordfest, alongside our presenting partner the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, is thrilled to announce Dr. Jen Gunter's return to Calgary with her new book, Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation. The galvanizing conversation about women's health, hosted by journalist Christina Frangou, starts at 7PM MT and will be followed by a book signing, fuelled by Owl’s Nest Books. The show takes place at Mount Royal University's Bella Concert Hall and includes assigned seating. Tickets go on sale through MRU Box Office at 7AM MT on Tuesday, December 19, 2023. Student pricing is available, as it is important for Dr. Gunter that every generation be part of this vital conversation about women's health. READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Danielle L. Jensen
Feb 24 @ 1 PM MT $15 - $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Wordfest is thrilled to present bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen to celebrate the launch of A Fate Inked in Blood. The exclusive conversation starts at 1PM MT and will be hosted by Slow Burn Books' co-owner Shannon MacNaughton. This event includes an audience Q & A and book signing, along with a salty and sweet treat to match Danielle's salty but sweet read, courtesy of our official "cool treat sponsor", Village Ice Cream. Ticket holders can also pre-order copies of Danielle L. Jensen’s books here for pick-up at the event or bring their own books. While quantities last, the first-edition copies of Fate Inked in Blood will feature foil page edges, a custom-stamped case, and a premium dust jacket (there will be additional stock at the event for those looking to purchase her book the day of the show if any copies remain). Please note there is a signing limit of 4 books per event ticket holder, with only 1 personalization. READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Alexandra Posadzki
Feb 27 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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The Rogers v. Rogers court case was a family saga rivaling the plot of the HBO series Succession. Take a deep dive into the fight for the media giant when Wordfest presents award-winning journalist Alexandra Posadzki and her book Rogers v. Rogers: The Battle for Control of Canada’s Telecom Empire. The Feb. 27 conversation will be hosted by Paul Haavardsrud, host of CBC's Cost of Living, and includes an audience Q & A and book signing. Thank you to Owl’s Nest Books, who will be on site with copies of the book, which reveals behind-the-scenes details about the acquisition of Calgary-based Shaw Communications. READ MORE

March

Wordfest Presents Kate Hilton & Elizabeth Renzetti
Mar 14 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Wordfest is pleased to present bestselling authors Kate Hilton and Elizabeth Renzetti with the first book in their new series, Bury the Lead: A Quill & Packet Mystery. Raves bestselling writer Samantha M. Bailey, "This very witty, sharp, fun, and suspenseful cozy mystery is the best escape and also a thought-provoking novel." We can't wait for the conversation, hosted by Leah Sarich, which will be followed by an audience Q & A and book signing. Owl's Nest Books will be on hand with copies of Bury the Lead and selections from the authors' backlists. READ MORE

April

Wordfest Presents Tessa Bailey & Yulin Kuang
Apr 18 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Wordfest is bringing the heat, laughter and happily ever after with Tessa ("the Michelangelo of dirty talk") Bailey and Yulin ("too hip for Hallmark") Kuang. This exclusive, in-depth conversation, hosted by Wordfest's Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut, includes an audience Q & A and book signing. A Wordfest photographer will be there to take selfies with the authors that you can download after the show. Doors open at 6PM. Come early and indulge in libations from Dandy Brewing Company while you shop at the Slow Burn Books pop-up store. Can't wait to get your hands on their newest books? You can pre-order both here. And there will be a special cool treat to go with these (very) hot books, courtesy of our friends at Village Ice Cream. READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Roméo Dallaire
Apr 21 @ 1 PM MT $15 - $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Wordfest is honoured to present global human rights activist General Roméo Dallaire and his new book, The Peace: A Warrior’s Journey. The conversation, hosted by Shelley Youngblut, starts at 1PM MT and includes a book signing, fueled by Owl’s Nest Books. We are grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible to connect you with General Dallaire.

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