February

Feb 20 @ 7 PM $15

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Award-winning author and Globe and Mail feature columnist Doug Saunders argues we need 100 million Canadians if we're to outgrow our colonial past and build a safer, greener, more prosperous future. Join the Centre for Newcomers and Wordfest for an unforgettable conversation with Doug Saunders, author of MAXIMUM CANADA. Hosted by Zain Velji. READ MORE
Feb 21 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Who better to offer a fresh perspective on the upcoming provincial election than this stellar lineup, all of whom exemplify Alberta Views magazine's trademark intellectual rigour? READ MORE
Feb 22 @ 5 PM FREE

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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What could the proposed Events Centre/Arena, in conjunction with the BMO expansion and Arts Commons upgrade, mean for Calgary’s artists, arts organizations and arts lovers? Please join us for an informal — and informed — conversation, hosted by cultural connector Karen Ball and Wordfest’s CEO & Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut. READ MORE
Feb 24 @ 2 PM FREE

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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In celebration of Freedom to Read Week, join us for the Calgary premiere of Three Feathers, the feature length film adaptation of Richard Van Camp's novel by the same name. Presented in partnership with Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library, this event includes an 85 minute film screening, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing with Richard Van Camp. Cash bar available. READ MORE
Feb 27 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Looking for the chance to chat about what you’ve read (or haven’t read yet) with an equally engaged group of book lovers? Sign up for Calgary’s most entertaining and friendly book club, hosted by Anne Logan. READ MORE

March

Mar 06 @ 7 PM $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Join us for an evening with renowned poet, novelist, public talker, and journalist, Eileen Myles. They will be presenting their latest poetry book called, Evolution, which has been called, “Chicken soup for the queer soul” by Ashley Tomaszewski of the Literati Bookstore. They will also be presenting their book, Afterglow: A Dog Memoir, about their relationship with their pit bull named Rosie. READ MORE
Mar 12 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Finally, a “book” club for people who don’t only read books – and are obsessed with episodic television. We know you’re dying to talk about your favourite on-demand series, so we’ve created a monthly opportunity to geek out with your fellow small-screen aficionados. Next up is The Handmaid’s Tale (a month ahead of the release of the third season). Hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest's CEO & Creative Ringleader. Cash bar available. READ MORE
Mar 25 @ 7 PM $15

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Don't miss this tantalizing event with Ann Hui, The Globe and Mail's national food reporter. Part memoir, part history and part road trip, Chop Suey Nation is the sweet and sour story of immigration told through the kitchens of small-town Canadian Chinese restaurants, including Calgary’s iconic Silver Dragon.  Calgary’s beloved Julie Van Rosendaal will be doing the on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. This event will leave you feeling hungry. READ MORE
Mar 27 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Come prepared to delve into Tommy Orange's national bestseller, There There. The book has been called, "A gripping deep dive into urban indigenous community in California: an astonishing literary debut!" by Margaret Atwood and a “Sweeping and subtle…pure soaring beauty" by Colm Toibin of The New York Times. READ MORE

April

Apr 02 @ 7 PM $15

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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The perfect night out for fans of The Crown, don’t miss best-selling author Jennifer Robson as she presents her new novel about one of the most famous dresses of the 20th Century — Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown — and the fascinating women who made it. In the tradition of something old and something new, you’re invited to come wearing attire from your special day. READ MORE

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