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Free Family Storytime with David A. Robertson
Oct 04 @ 9:30 AM MT FREE

Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery, Level 1
800 3 St SE
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Here's an amazing opportunity to hear David A. Robertson read On the Trapline, which won the 2021 Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature. This free event, presented in partnership with the Calgary Public Library, is perfect for pre-schoolers and their caregivers, and will take place in the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery on the main floor. On the Trapline, a picture book celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions, has also just been nominated for the prestigious 2022 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. READ MORE
Happy Hour: Joshua Knelman & Jason Logan
Oct 04 @ 5 PM MT $15

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Two of Canada's most successful magazine-makers reunite to discuss an addictive, behind-the-scenes, globe-trotting narrative of moral ambiguity, law, public policy, and big tobacco. As Mad Men did for the alcohol-fueled, oversexed corrupt world of New York advertising, Joshua Knelman’s Firebrand does for the even more despised world of big tobacco. Given all the National Magazine Awards Knelman (one of The Walrus's founding editors) has under his belt, this hour is also a great chance to learn the ropes of reporting and crafting longform, non-fiction narratives. In conversation with Jason Logan (The Walrus's founding art director). READ MORE
Spirited Conversation with André Alexis & Suzette Mayr
Oct 04 @ 7 PM MT $65

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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This perfect pairing of two Coach House Press superstars, André Alexis and Suzette Mayr, only gets tastier with the addition of an exclusive sake tasting, curated by Lonely Mouth Bar's Amanda Jansen. Sit back and enjoy four premium pours of Japan’s finest, along with an insider’s discussion of two brilliant new novels: Alexis’ genre-bending, philosophically sophisticated Ring and Mayr’s The Sleeping Car Porter, in which she brings to life a long-neglected part of Black and queer histories. This 90-minute experience includes sushi to wash down the exceptional sake, an audience Q&A, and book signing.   READ MORE
An Evening with Sarah Polley
SOLD OUT

Oct 04 @ 7 PM MT $20

DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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Let's celebrate the gift of honesty, complexity, and humanity that is Sarah Polley, screenwriter/director (Women Talking/Away from Her), actor (The Sweet Hereafter), and now best-selling author (Running Towards the Danger). Here’s your opportunity to delve further into the six essays through which Polley examines key moments from her past and present – what she describes as “a reciprocal pressure dance.” “Fascinating, harrowing, courageous, and deeply felt, these explorations of ‘dangerous stories,’ harmful past events, and trials of the soul speak to all who’ve encountered dark waters and have had to navigate them,” says Margaret Atwood (whose Alias Grace was adapted tone-perfectly by Polley for television). READ MORE
A Clean Start with Nita Prose
Oct 05 @ 9 AM MT $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Nita Prose kicked off Wordfest’s 2022 season online, just as her debut novel The Maid was set to conquer bestseller lists in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Turns out everyone is besotted with Molly Gray, the neurodivergent hotel maid at the Regency Grand, who will be played by Florence Pugh on the big screen. States a glowing New York Time review: “The reader comes to understand Molly’s worldview, and to sympathize with her longing to be accepted – a quest that gives The Maid real emotional heft.” Prose, who is just as delightfully quirky as her heroine, joins us to share her expertise with locked-room mysteries, mega international debut success, working with editors and, yes, cleaning tips – even though her own home is only moderately tidy. READ MORE
Happy Hour with Nita Prose & Ruth Ware
Oct 05 @ 5 PM MT $15

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Could there be a happier, more exuberant, more entertaining pairing of international bestselling authors? We think not. And what a wealth of knowledge Nita Prose (The Maid) and Ruth Ware (The It Girl, The Woman in Cabin 10) bring to the stage: whether it’s about crafting utterly fresh takes in the mystery/thriller genre, getting a publishing deals, surviving edits, marketing your book, and, most wondrous of all, forming deep, lasting connections with readers. READ MORE
An Evening with Ben Macintyre
Oct 05 @ 7 PM MT $20

DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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Yes, that Ben Macintyre. The international best-selling author of The Spy and the Traitor, Operation Mincemeat, and A Spy Among Friends. “There is nobody to beat Ben Macintyre for a knowledge of espionage,” according to Alexander McCall Smith. “Macintyre at once exalts and subverts the myths of spycraft, and has a keen eye for absurdity,” states Malcolm Gladwell. We’re rolling out the Wordfest red carpet for the dryly humorous columnist and Associate Editor for The Times on his first Canadian tour, relishing the opportunity to learn more about Macintyre’s new must-read: Prisoners of the Castle, the definitive and surprising true story about the Allied POWs of Colditz Castle. Oh, and Kim Philby, Agent Sonya, the SAS’s rogue heroes, Ian Fleming, and John Le Carré. Hosted by CBC Radio's Jennifer Keene. READ MORE
SuperFan Showcase: André Alexis & Yann Martel
Oct 05 @ 7 PM MT $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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Wordfest is thrilled to be partnering with Pen Canada on the SuperFan Showcase series, in which notable Canadians engage in wide-ranging, generous conversation about writing and ideas with their favourite authors. When we approached Yann Martel, he loved the idea of an in-person show, but thought he would be the host, given how much he enjoys André Alexis’s work. Actually, it was André who asked for Yann – which demonstrates that this 75-minute event is going to be well-grounded in mutual admiration (although they will likely both recoil at the notion of super-fandom). Intelligent. Self-effacing. Unpredictable. Not to be missed. READ MORE
Happy Hour: C. L. Polk & Waub Rice
Oct 06 @ 5 PM MT $15

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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What is the future of futuristic and fanstasy fiction? There’s no better duo to speculate with than the Hugo-nominated C.L. Polk, who has the most refreshing website bio (“They dwell in an apartment the same age as they are with too many books, not enough cats, and a yarn stash that could last a decade. A city person at heart, They menace the streets on rideshare scooters and ride a green bicycle with a basket on the front”) and Waubgeshig Rice, who has a game-on Twitter bio (Writer • Husband of @sarah_g_rice and dad of 2 boys • BJJ Brown Belt • Leafs fan • Metalhead • Anishinaabe/Canadian from Wasauksing First Nation). READ MORE
Celebrating Calgary: Laureate-A-Rama
Oct 06 @ 7 PM MT $20

DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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We wouldn’t have it any other way: the Closing Night Showcase of Wordfest’s 27th annual fall festival is a celebration of YYC’s most vocal arts ambassadors, our Poet Laureates. Launched in 2012, and supported by the Calgary Foundation and the Calgary Public Library, the program has placed the literary laurel crown (or should that be the black beret?) on Kris Demeanor, derek beaulieu, Micheline Maylor, Sheri-D Wilson, Natalie Meisner, and, for current two-year term, Wakefield Brewster. Join us for the first time that all six exceptional poets will perform on the same stage. Hosted by Naheed Nenshi. READ MORE
Spirited Conversation with Ruth Ware
Oct 06 @ 7 PM MT $75

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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We tried to entice her with gin, but the #1 best-selling author of twisty psychological crime likes her spirits golden: England’s Ruth Ware is determined to treat us all to the finest whiskey in Calgary Scotch expert Curt Robinson’s extensive cellar. Yes, you’ll be locked in a room (okay, in Wordfest’s performance space in Alberta’s oldest library) and treated to four phenomenal pours, as well as the most revelatory conversation about Ware’s latest thriller, The It Girl. Hosted by Leah Sarich. READ MORE
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