Kurt Andersen
Katherine Ashenburg
Dave Bidini
Dionne Brand
Ali Bryan
Selina Clary
Paul Cleave
Cobra Collins
Caroline Connolly
Tim Cook
Paige Cooper
Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Patrick deWitt
Claudia Dey
Andrea Dorfman
Eric Dupont
Esi Edugyan
Dennis Foon
Esther Gerritsen
Rachel Giese
Josh Glover
Wayne Grady
Gabrielle Grimard
Rawi Hage
Robyn Harding
Elizabeth Hay
The Heebee-jeebees
Benjamin Hertwig
Sheila Heti
Michael Hingston
Jaclyn Hodsdon
Emma Hooper
Terrance Houle
Richard Kelly Kemick
Chelene Knight
Anne Kreamer
Alice Kuipers
Amitava Kumar
Rachel Kushner
Larissa Lai
Taylor Lambert
Thea Lim
Keith Maillard
Alice Major
Lindsay Mattick
Ryan McMahon
Maureen Medved
Paula Morris
Evan Munday
Maria Mutch
Liz Nugent
Natalie Olsen
Tommy Orange
Hilde and Ylva Østby
Casey Plett
Iain Reid
Waubgeshig Rice
David A. Robertson
Shelagh Rogers
Paula Saunders
Hana Shafi
Vivek Shraya
Michael V. Smith
Heidi Sopinka
Tanya Tagaq
Jordan Tannahill
Kim Thúy
Sherwin Tjia
Katherena Vermette
Richard Wagamese
Patrick Weekes
Sarah Weinman
Joshua Whitehead
Sarah Winman
Najwa Zebian
Adrian Todd Zuniga


Festival Locations

We're transforming Calgary and the Beltline district along 12th Avenue into a week-long author fan frenzy, October 8-15.

Hotel Arts

Bella Concert Hall

Memorial Park Library

DJD Dance Centre

Buy your festival pass

$195 Regular (until October 3)
$225 Late Registration (October 4-12)

We’re bursting with excitement about the lineup for the 2018 Festival. Don’t miss out on the unbeatable Literary Death Match, the infamous Adult Spelling Bee, the Scotiabank Giller Prize “Between the Pages” evening hosted by Shelagh Rogers at the gorgeous Bella Concert Hall, and dozens more events! The 2018 Festival Pass is the best way to experience YYC’s most guilt-free fan frenzy. Gain entry to all regular Wordfest shows from October 8 to 15, 2018 (excluding special events), and make the most of your Festival week in Calgary.