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Oct 16 @ 7 PM $30 - $35

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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The multi-genre standard bearers of contemporary Indigenous writing – and cuisine, thanks to the participation of Chef Shane M. Chartrand (each guest will be welcomed with a taste from his new cookbook tawâw) — come together to share their current work and engage in a wide-ranging conversation with The Next Chapter’s Shelagh Rogers. READ MORE
Oct 19 @ 3 PM $30 - $35

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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For writers aiming to avoid misinterpretation and repeated edits, business people trying to draft a flawless email, and anyone struggling to compose the perfect thank-you letter, Mary Norris, The New Yorker’s former Comma Queen, will explain the rules of play for impeccable punctuation and share the secrets of lucid style in this 90-minute workshop. READ MORE
Oct 20 @ 3 PM $20 - $25

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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And we mean, anything. An Agony Aunt for the ages, Carroll’s “Ask E. Jean” advice column has run in Elle magazine since 1993 and it’s safe to say she’s heard it all. (Don’t despair if you’re shy: we’ll be taking questions from the audience in advance, and they’ll be presented, with utmost discretion, by host Rita Sirignano.) So take a shot of courage – the Libations Bar will be open – and ask E. Jean for the solution to that vexing problem. READ MORE
Oct 23 @ 7:30 PM $65 - $70

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
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How could we possibly host Northern Ireland’s most celebrated suspense writer without inviting Calgary whisky guru Curt Robinson (allthingswhisky.com) to share the very best–and exceedingly rare–Irish spirits. This should loosen Adrian McKinty’s deadly tongue about going from Uber driver to international bestseller with a seven-figure movie deal for The Chain. Ticket price includes 4 half-ounce shots of exceptional spirits, paired with a lively discussion, followed by an audience Q&A. This event is 18+ only. (Not included in Festival pass.) READ MORE
Oct 23 @ 7:30 PM $30

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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We can’t think of a better way to close the 2019 Imaginairium than with two Canadian powerhouses, the luminous Louise Penny and the sublime Shelagh Rogers. We've been waiting since 2010 for one of Wordfest's favourite authors to return to Calgary with a new Chief Inspector Gamache novel. A Better Man asks the Impossible question: What would you do if your child’s killer might walk free? READ MORE