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Monday, October 08, 2018


10 AM
A Celebration of Calvin and Hobbes
Oct 08 @ 10 AM - 2:30 PM FREE
Memorial Park
1221 2 St SW
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Tuesday, October 09, 2018


1 PM
Visitation: Tim Cook
Oct 09 @ 1 PM - 2 PM $50
Hotel Arts - Raw Bar
119 12 Ave SW
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4 PM
Tea & Sustenance with Anne Kreamer
Oct 09 @ 4 PM - 4:30 PM FREE
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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5 PM
A Conversation with Dave Bidini and Tim Cook
Oct 09 @ 5 PM - 6:15 PM $15
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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5 PM
Happy Hour: Adventures in Short Fiction
Oct 09 @ 5 PM - 6:15 PM $15
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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7 PM
Tuesday Night Showcase: Timely and Tasty Canadiana
Oct 09 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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7 PM
Wordfest Presents Kurt Andersen
Oct 09 @ 7 PM - 8:15 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018


8:30 AM
A Morning With Elizabeth Hay
Oct 10 @ 8:30 AM - 10 AM $50
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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11:45 AM
Visitation: Kurt Andersen
Oct 10 @ 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM $50
Hotel Arts - Raw Bar
119 12 Ave SW
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12 PM
Tasty Bites: Joshua Whitehead & Jordan Tannahill
Oct 10 @ 12 PM - 1 PM $10
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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12:10 PM
Wordfest & ProArts Society Present Tim Cook and Benjamin Hertwig
Oct 10 @ 12:10 PM - 12:50 PM FREE
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
604 1 St SE
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12:30 PM
Wordfest Youth Presents Evan Munday and Patrick Weekes
Oct 10 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM $12
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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4 PM
Tea and Sustenance: Adrian Todd Zuniga
Oct 10 @ 4 PM - 4:30 PM FREE
Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon
1221 2 St SW
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5 PM
Happy Hour: Rethinking Community with Dave Bidini
Oct 10 @ 5 PM - 6:15 PM $15
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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7 PM
The Way We Wear
Oct 10 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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7 PM
A Dramatic Celebration of the Governor General's Literary Awards
Oct 10 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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9 PM
Literary Death Match
Oct 10 @ 9 PM - 11 PM $25
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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Thursday, October 11, 2018


10 AM
Wordfest Youth Presents Alice Kuipers
Oct 11 @ 10 AM - 11 AM $12
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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10 AM
Wordfest Youth Presents Rachel Giese
Oct 11 @ 10 AM - 11 AM $12
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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11:30 AM
Word Feast with Kim Thúy
Oct 11 @ 11:30 AM - 1 PM $50
Foreign Concept
1011 1 St SW
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12 PM
Tasty Bites: Andrea Dorfman & Hana Shafi
Oct 11 @ 12 PM - 12:50 PM $10
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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12:30 PM
Wordfest Youth Presents Najwa Zebian
Oct 11 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM $12
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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4 PM
Tea and Sustenance: Rawi Hage
Oct 11 @ 4 PM - 5 PM FREE
Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon
1221 2 St SW
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7 PM
Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists
Oct 11 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM $30
Bella Concert Hall
4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
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Friday, October 12, 2018


12 PM
Tasty Bites: Iain Reid and Sarah Weinman
Oct 12 @ 12 PM - 12:50 PM $10
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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2 PM
Tea and Sustenance: Najwa Zebian
Oct 12 @ 2 PM - 2:30 PM FREE
Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon
1221 2 St SW
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5 PM
Chic Lit: Claudia Dey & Heidi Sopinka
Oct 12 @ 5 PM - 6:15 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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7 PM
Friday Night Showcase: True Crime and Suspense
Oct 12 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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7 PM
The Second Glass of Wine
Oct 12 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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9 PM
Poetry Cabaret
Oct 12 @ 9 PM - 11 PM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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9 PM
Adult Spelling Bee
Oct 12 @ 9 PM - 11 PM $25
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Saturday, October 13, 2018


9 AM
Gals and Good Times
Oct 13 @ 9 AM - 10:45 AM $30
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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9:30 AM
Workshop: Poetry
Oct 13 @ 9:30 AM - 11 AM $20
Memorial Park Library, Basement Meeting Room
1221 2 St SW
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10 AM
Reel Life Tales
Oct 13 @ 10 AM - 11:30 AM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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10:30 AM
Tea and Sustenance: Story Time with Gabrielle Grimard
Oct 13 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM FREE
Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon
1221 2 St SW
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11:30 AM
A Conversation with Katherine Ashenburg and Paula Saunders
Oct 13 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM $15
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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11:45 AM
Visitation: Patrick deWitt
Oct 13 @ 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM $50
Hotel Arts - Raw Bar
119 12 Ave SW
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1 PM
Adventures in Memory
Oct 13 @ 1 PM - 2:30 PM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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1 PM
Workshop: Fiction
Oct 13 @ 1 PM - 2:30 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, Basement Meeting Room
1221 2 St SW
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1:15 PM
Saturday Afternoon Showcase
Oct 13 @ 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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2 PM
Tea and Sustenance: Sarah Weinman
Oct 13 @ 2 PM - 3 PM FREE
Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon
1221 2 St SW
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3 PM
A Tribute to Richard Wagamese
Oct 13 @ 3 PM - 4:30 PM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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3 PM
Bionic Women Writers
Oct 13 @ 3 PM - 4:30 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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4 PM
Tea and Sustenance: Emma Hooper
Oct 13 @ 4 PM - 4:30 PM FREE
Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon
1221 2 St SW
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5 PM
Happy Hour: Book Club Bonanza
Oct 13 @ 5 PM - 6 PM $15
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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7 PM
Wordfest Presents Sheila Heti, Amitava Kumar, Rachel Kushner & Tommy Orange
Oct 13 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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7 PM
Dick Lit's Festival Edition
Oct 13 @ 7 PM - 9 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Sunday, October 14, 2018


9 AM
Brunch with Sheila Heti and Rachel Kushner
Oct 14 @ 9 AM - 11 AM $50
Hotel Arts - Raw Bar
119 12 Ave SW
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10 AM
International Writers Showcase
Oct 14 @ 10 AM - 11:15 AM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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10 AM
Creating Book Buzz
Oct 14 @ 10 AM - 11:15 AM $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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11 AM
Workshop: Adapting Books to the Screen
Oct 14 @ 11 AM - 12:30 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, Basement Meeting Room
1221 2 St SW
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1 PM
Indigenous Voices
Oct 14 @ 1 PM - 2:30 PM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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1 PM
A Conversation with Amitava Kumar and Paula Saunders
Oct 14 @ 1 PM - 2:15 PM $15
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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2 PM
Tea and Sustenance: Robyn Harding and Liz Nugent
Oct 14 @ 2 PM - 3 PM FREE
Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon
1221 2 St SW
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3 PM
Wordfest Presents Patrick deWitt
Oct 14 @ 3 PM - 4:15 PM $20
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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3:30 PM
A Conversation with Dionne Brand
Oct 14 @ 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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5:30 PM
Tzavta Salon: Paula Saunders
Oct 14 @ 5:30 PM - 9 PM $60
Sidewalk Citizen, Simmons Building
618 Confluence Way SE
SOLD OUT

Monday, October 15, 2018


7 PM
Wordfest presents Tanya Tagaq
Oct 15 @ 7 PM - 9 PM $25 - $39.95
Bella Concert Hall
4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
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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

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