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
A Humorous Exploration of Identity & Belonging with Naomi K. Lewis

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
Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Fleishman is in Trouble)

Jun 28 @ 7 PM $39.95 - $49.95

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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This is THE must-see author of spring 2019 according to Wordfest CEO & Creative Ringleader, Shelley Youngblut. "Taffy Brodesser-Akner is my hero — such a smart, funny, and deliciously original writer. If you're looking for an experience that embodies my perfect Wordfest event, this is it!" READ MORE
How to Write About Anyone with Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Jun 29 @ 10 AM $39.95 - $49.95

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Presented in partnership with the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, this event features an on-stage interview about the highs and lows of writing about celebrities, followed by an audience Q&A. Your ticket includes a copy of Taffy's debut novel, Fleishman is in Trouble ($36 retail price). 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

Do You Know the Difference Between a Vagina and a Vulva?

Sep 25 @ 7 PM $20 - $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Finally, an all-encompassing repository of accurate information based on science for vagina owners and lovers. Dr. Jen Gunter shares her expert understanding of the sexual health needs (and questions) of contemporary girls and women. Including a chapter on trans vaginas, and another on cannabis and the vagina, this is the modern, unfiltered, anti-patriarchal guide to female health. READ MORE
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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