Special Events

Oct 09 @ 1 PM $50

Hotel Arts - Raw Bar
119 12 Ave SW
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Our new VIP experience: includes a light lunch, beverage custom-created by the Raw Bar mixologists, and the opportunity to sit down with Tim Cook for a hosted conversation, followed by a professionally taken photo and book signing. 14 people max. (Not included in Festival or Platinum passes.) READ MORE
Oct 10 @ 8:30 AM $50

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Take your coffee (or tea) with two creams and one author during this special breakfast event. Award-winning author Elizabeth Hay will discuss All Things Consoled, a heartbreaking memoir about the shift she experienced between being her parents’ daughter to their guardian and caregiver. Catered by Sidewalk Citizen. (Not included in Festival pass.) Presented in partnership with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. READ MORE
Oct 10 @ 11:45 AM $50

Hotel Arts - Raw Bar
119 12 Ave SW
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Our new VIP experience: includes a light lunch, beverage custom-created by the Raw Bar mixologists, and the opportunity to sit down with Kurt Andersen for a hosted conversation, followed by a professionally taken photo and book signing. 14 people max. (Not included in Festival or Platinum passes.) READ MORE
Oct 11 @ 11:30 AM $50

Foreign Concept
1011 1 St SW
SOLD OUT
In the same exquisite vein as her unforgettable novels Ru and Mãn, Canada Reads winner Kim Thúy returns with Vi, exploring the lives, loves and struggles of Vietnamese refugees as they reinvent themselves in new lands. Award-winning chef/owner Duncan Ly will be concocting the perfect Asian-inspired lunch to complement what is certain to be a nourishing conversation and reading. (Not included in Festival pass.) Presented in partnership with Foreign Concept. READ MORE
Oct 13 @ 11:45 AM $50

Hotel Arts - Raw Bar
119 12 Ave SW
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Our new VIP experience: includes a light lunch, beverage custom-created by the Raw Bar mixologists, and the opportunity to sit down with Patrick deWitt for a hosted conversation, followed by a professionally taken photo and book signing. 14 people max. (Not included in Festival or Platinum passes.) READ MORE
Oct 14 @ 9 AM $50

Hotel Arts - Raw Bar
119 12 Ave SW
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What would it be like to be a fly on the wall in a conversation between two of the most prominent writers in North America today? The always provocative Sheila Heti and Rachel Kushner (whose The Mars Room was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize) join fellow Wordfester Heidi Sopinka at an intimate brunch in Hotel Arts’ Raw Bar. (Not included in Festival pass.) Presented in partnership with Raw Bar. READ MORE
Oct 14 @ 5:30 PM $60

Sidewalk Citizen, Simmons Building
618 Confluence Way SE
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Tender, searing, and unforgettable, The Distance Home is a profoundly American story spanning decades—a tale of haves and have-nots, of how our ideas of winning and losing, success and failure, lead us inevitably into various problems with empathy and caring for one another. Join its American author Paula Saunders for a special three-course dinner, created in her honour by the chefs at Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, and an evening of unfiltered conversation for the mind and soul. (Not included in Festival pass.) Presented in partnership with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. READ MORE

Featuring

Kurt Andersen
Tim Cook
Patrick deWitt
Elizabeth Hay
Sheila Heti
Rachel Kushner
Paula Saunders
Kim Thúy

67 ARTISTS IN ONE WEEK!

Buy Passes for October 8-15, 2018

Oct 08 @ 8 AM $195 - $225

Wordfest
1221 2 St SW
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Gain entry to all regular events and make the most of your Festival experience in Calgary from October 8 to 15, 2018. Pass holders have the option of reserving tickets in advance (subject to availability) or are admitted on a first come, first served basis at the door. This pass excludes special events, and programming held outside the festival’s official dates. READ MORE