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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. 

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 Denise Chong & Rumana Monzur
Apr 29 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Acclaimed writer Denise Chong returns to Calgary with her new book, Out of Darkness, a stirring account of the journey of domestic assault victim Rumana Monzur. Wordfest is honoured to have Monzur joining Chong for this in-depth conversation about the Bangladeshi professor's ultimate triumph over the attack. The event, hosted by journalist Christina Frangou, starts at 7PM MT and includes an audience Q & A and book signing. Shelf Life Books will be on site with copies of Out of Darkness, as well as Chong's fantastic backlist. READ MORE

May

Wordfest Presents Cory Doctorow
May 03 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Wordfest welcomes back to Calgary prolific post-cyberpunk writer and activist Cory Doctorow and his new thriller, The Bezzle. The conversation, hosted by Wordfest's Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut, starts at 7PM MT and includes an audience Q & A and book signing. Shelf Life Books will be on site with copies of Doctorow’s newest book, as well as his acclaimed backlist. Ticket holders can also pre-order copies here for pick-up at the event. READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Jeff Rubin
May 23 @ 7 PM MT $15 - $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Wordfest presents bestselling author and economist Jeff Rubin and his new book  A Map of the New Normal: How Inflation, War, and Sanctions Will Change Your World Forever. Tracking trade wars and kinetic wars, central banks and runs on banks, pipelines blown up and start-ups knocked down, Rubin gives us a glimpse of a near future that will look very different from the recent past. It reminds us that our mortgage rates and job security, our grocery bills and investments, are all tied to events set in motion by governments, corporations, and black swans around the world.  READ MORE

June

Wordfest Presents Ali Velshi
Jun 03 @ 7 PM MT $30

The Grand
608 1 St SW
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What could be more timely than an in-depth conversation about democracy with Ali Velshi, MSNBC's Chief Correspondent, and Calgary political strategist (and host extraordinaire) Zain Velji? We're thrilled to be presenting one of the world's leading broadcast journalists, as he celebrates the launch of his newest (and most personal) book, Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy. This event is assigned seating, so you can relax and focus on getting a libation and a book. After the show, you'll have the opportunity to meet Velshi and get your book signed. Limited copies of his previous books will also be available for purchase before and after the show, with proceeds going toward Wordfest's Youth Program. A big thank you to Raincoast Books for making this vital conversation possible! 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

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