May

Guy Gavriel Kay: A Spirited Conversation

May 22 @ 7 PM $65

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Join us for an intimate  and extraordinary conversation with one of Canada's most beloved writers. internationally bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay will take you on a biographical journey, paying tribute to the exclusive whiskeys that have fuelled his creativity (provided by Calgary's whisky expert Curt Robinson of allthingswhisky.com). READ MORE
May 23 @ 7 PM $20 - $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Join us for an evening with the internationally bestselling author of Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay as he presents his masterful new novel, A Brightness Long Ago. Set in the vivid world of early Renaissance Italy, the novel offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. CBC host Jennifer Keene will be doing the on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. READ MORE
May 25 @ 1 PM $15 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Don't miss this afternoon with the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of Fifteen Dogs. André Alexis' latest novel, Days by Moonlight, is a darkly comical exploration of the perpetual question: how do we know the things we know are real and what is real anyway? READ MORE
May 28 @ 7 PM $15 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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The self-proclaimed “Queen of Fibre” is coming and she’s going to help you get an A+ on your next Colonoscopy, phew! On May 28th media personality, bestselling author, and professional home economist Mairlyn Smith is presenting her new fibre infused cookbook, Peace, Love & Fibre. This event includes an on-stage interview with local celebrity Julie Van Rosendaal, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. READ MORE
A call to action and a much-needed book about why diplomacy matters now more than ever before.

May 28 @ 7 PM $20 - $25

DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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Don’t miss this timely conversation featuring Bruce Heyman, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada, and his partner Vicki Heyman. This exclusive event includes an on-stage interview hosted by Maclean's Jason Markusoff followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. READ MORE
May 29 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Come prepared to delve into French Exit, written by the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt. The book has been called, "An immaculate performance on ice, executed with sharp shining blades, lutzing and pirouetting above unknowable black depths" by Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation READ MORE

June

Jun 19 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Have you vowed to wean yourself off Netflix and get some serious reading done this spring – then have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers? Come prepared to delve into Bitter Orange, from the author of the Desmond Elliott Prize winning book, Our Endless Numbered Days, Claire Fuller. READ MORE
Jun 25 @ 7 PM $15 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Don’t miss Naomi K. Lewis’s launch of Tiny Lights for Travellers. Vulnerable and funny, her much anticipated memoir explores Jewish identity, family, the Holocaust, and belonging. This event will feature an on-stage interview with host Samantha Warwick, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. READ MORE

July

Jul 17 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Have you vowed to wean yourself off Netflix and get some serious reading done this spring – then have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers? Come prepared to delve into Nancy Jo Cullen's novel, The Western Alienation Merit Badge. The book has been called, "A queer prairie novel of my dreams – electric, funny, hot, heartbreaking, scathing, like a mix of Sarah Schulman and Chandra Mayor" by Casey Plett. This event is hosted by blogger and book reviewer Anne Logan of ivereadthis.com, and is part of Wordfest's monthly book club series on the top floor of Memorial Park Library. READ MORE

August

Aug 21 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Have you vowed to wean yourself off Netflix and get some serious reading done this spring – then have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers? Come prepared to delve into Nazanine Hozar's debut novel, Aria. The book has been called, "A feminist odyssey, about a girl in a time of intolerance as the revolution in Iran is breaking out . . . a poised and dramatic historical novel with contemporary relevance" by John Irving. READ MORE

September

This Event Is Sold Out

Sep 29 @ 7 PM $10

Bella Concert Hall
4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
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Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to see Margaret Atwood live at Calgary's Bella Concert Hall, as she presents The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to 1985’s incendiary The Handmaid’s Tale. This event will include a reading and an on-stage interview. For the first time, we're offering pre-assigned seating—the best seats will go quickly, so don't wait to get your tickets. READ MORE

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