November

Nov 21 @ 7 PM FREE

New Central Library Theatre
800 3 Street SE
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Susan Orlean is hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief. Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution — our libraries. This event includes an onstage interview hosted by Shelley Youngblut, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. This event is free admission — a gift from Simon & Schuster Canada, Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library in celebration of the opening of the New Central Library. READ MORE
Nov 28 @ 7 PM $5

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Come prepared to delve into Sheila Heti's new novel Motherhood, a courageous, keenly felt, and starkly original exploration that will surely spark lively conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how―and for whom―to live. 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

December

Dec 04 @ 7 PM $20 - $25

New Central Library Theatre
800 3 Street SE
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Your chance to hear from the esteemed former Governor General and author of the bestsellers The Idea of Canada and Ingenious. Don't miss this timely conversation about restoring personal, community and national trust. Hosted by David Gray of the CBC Calgary Eyeopener, this event includes an on-stage interview, audience Q&A, followed by a book signing. READ MORE

January

Jan 23 @ 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

February

Feb 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. First up is Stranger Things, a sci-fi horror series released on Netflix. Hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest's CEO & Creative Ringleader. Cash bar available. READ MORE
Feb 20 @ 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 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

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