Aug 22 @ 7pm: We’ve Read This Book Club — $5 Registration

Come prepared to delve into Sarah Winman’s Tin Man, a heartbreaking novel that celebrates love in all its forms and the little moments that make up the life of an autoworker in a small working-class town. Read more…

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Aug 23 @ 6:30pm: Dick Lit’s Trivia Night # 14 — $5 Registration

Prove you’re the smartest person in the library. Win big-league bragging rights and tasty beverages. Join the Calgary Public Library and Wordfest for the 14th Edition of Calgary’s most Guilt-Free Trivia Competition, hosted by Richard Kemick. Trivia questions are loosely inspired by the work of journalist and author Taylor Lambert. But familiarity with the writer’s work is not required and will not necessarily increase your chances of winning. Read more…

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Sept 11 @ 6pm: Craig Davidson + Festival Preview — $15 + GST & Fees

Don’t miss this deliciously heartwarming and haunted evening with “one of this country’s great kinetic writers” (Globe and Mail). The Saturday Night Ghost Club is Craig Davidson’s first new novel since his bestselling, Giller-shortlisted Cataract City and cements his reputation as Canada’s Stephen King.Read more…

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Sept 18 @ 7pm: Wordfest presents A.J. Finn & Mary Kubica — $15 + GST & Fees

The perfect night out for fans of mystery and suspense, whether you get your fix through books or film. This is your chance to pair a glass of wine with mind-bending tales and confessions from the authors of two of this season’s hottest thrillers coming out of the United States. Hosted by Shelley Youngblut, this event includes on-stage interviews and readings, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.Read more…

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Sept 20 @ 7pm: Lorna Crozier — $15 + GST & Fees

Discover new poetry that is at once profound, original and lively, and yet so much fun! Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author of Inventing the Hawk returns with God of Shadows. Hosted by Rosemary Griebel. Read more…

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Sept 25 @ 7pm: Wab Kinew — $25 + GST & Fees

Inspired by President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing, author and musician Wab Kinew presents a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as Tecumseh, Sacagawea, and former NASA astronaut John Herrington. Read more…

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Oct 3 @ 7pm: Gary Shteyngart — $20 + GST & Fees

Don’t miss this evening with one of today’s most astute satirical voices coming out of the United States. The bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times. Hosted by Richard Kemick, this event features an on-stage interview and audience Q&A, followed by a book signing. Read more…

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Nov 8 @ 7pm: Eden Robinson — $15 + GST & Fees

Eden Robinson presents her latest novel, Trickster Drift, the second book in her captivating Trickster trilogy that began with the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated Son of a Trickster. This event includes an on-stage interview with the author, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Read more…

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Over 10,000 young readers this year will experience the magic of interacting with live authors in schools and in theatres.

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