Meet Your Hosts!

October 8 to 15, 2018 See the full lineup
Mojo Anderson
Aditya Badami
Mike Bell
Alyssa Bradac
Blake Brooker
Claire Cameron
Marcello di Cintio
Doug Dirks
Dymphny Dronyk
Victor Dwyer
Marina Endicott
Dennis Foon
Catherine Ford
Christina Frangou
David Gray
Richard Harrison
Kimberley Jev
Paul Karchut
Jennifer Keene
Richard Kelly Kemick
Jeremy Klaszus
Anne Logan
Ryan McMahon
Rod Moody-Corbett
Danielle Nerman
Jana Pruden
Shelagh Rogers
Vivek Shraya
Heidi Sopinka
Rea Tarvydas
Sherwin Tjia
Julie Van Rosendaal
Zain Velji
Joshua Whitehead
Joshua Whitehead
Deborah Willis
Shelley Youngblut
Shelley Youngblut
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

$165 Early Bird (until August 31)
$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.