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October

25@25 Passes
Every Tuesday: Sept-Dec 2020

Sep 08 @ 7 PM MT $99 - $125
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Wordfest is turning 25 this year and we were planning an ambitious live festival in September to celebrate our anniversary, featuring 25 authors in 25 events. But everything is different now. So we’ve decided to try something different. Something that could ONLY happen online. Online access to 25@25 is on sale now, with two ticket packages available. READ MORE
Wordfest 25@25: Cherie Dimaline & Maria Campbell
Oct 27 @ 7 PM MT $15
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On Oct. 20, Seth passed the daisy to Cherie Dimaline, who invited Maria Campbell to be her virtual stage-mate. "This is the pairing I most hoped would happen during our 25@25 celebration," says Wordfest's Shelley Youngblut. "Part of the inspiration for this series came during the 2019 Imaginairium, when Shelagh Rogers asked Cherie Dimaline about her mentors. Cherie brought up Maria with such authentic love that all I wanted was for more people to learn about this remarkable artist and the influence she has had on generations of Indigenous writers." The 60-minute conversation, hosted by Anne Collins, the publisher of Knopf Random Canada, will start at 7:00 PM MT. (The pre-show will begin at 6:50 PM MT.) As we do every Tuesday, we'll be revealing the names of the next two authors in the 25@25 Daisy Chain at the end of the show, making you the first to know! READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Tegan & Sara with Vivek Shraya
Oct 29 @ 7 PM MT FREE
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Tune in to Wordfest’s Imagine on Air as we welcome the pride of Calgary, Tegan & Sara, to our virtual stage to celebrate the launch of the paperback edition of High School, their New York Times bestseller. The conversation will be hosted by the equally multi-talented Vivek Shraya, whose first book, God Loves Hair, is also being re-released in a special 10th Anniversary edition. READ MORE

November

Wordfest Presents Lisa Jewell
Nov 01 @ 12 PM MT $33
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It doesn't get any more gripping than this. Join Lisa Jewel for the exclusive Canadian launch of her latest thriller Invisible Girl. The hour-long conversation, hosted by Wordfest's CEO Shelley Youngblut, will start at 12:00 PM MT (pre-show begins at 11:50 AM MT). READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Jann Arden
Nov 05 @ 7 PM MT $39
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Jann Arden — bestselling author, recording artist and late-blooming TV star — is back with a funny, heartfelt and fierce memoir on becoming a woman of a certain age. The power, gravity and freedom she's found at 57 are superpowers she believes all of us can unleash. Please join her to celebrate the exclusive world book launch of If I Knew Then on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT). READ MORE
Wordfest Presents Robyn Harding, Liz Nugent and Ruth Ware
Nov 08 @ 12 PM MT $8
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Wordfest’s Imagine On Air is thrilled to present three bestselling authors of contemporary crime fiction and their newest releases: Robyn Harding (The Swap), Liz Nugent (Little Cruelties), and Ruth Ware (One by One). A signed copy of each book is available as an optional “add-on” during checkout for $20 each, which includes GST. You may pick up your purchases at our bookselling partner, Calgary’s Owl’s Nest Books, have them shipped for free within Calgary, or pay for shipping to anywhere else in Canada. READ MORE
Wordfest 25@25: Eden Robinson & Emily St. John Mandel
Nov 17 @ 7 PM MT $15
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Eden Robinson and Emily St. John Mandel made their respective Wordfest debuts in 2000 and 2009 as writers to watch. Author of the post-apocalyptic classic, Station Eleven ), St. John Mandel’s newest novel The Glass Hotel has been at the top of the Canadian bestseller list since it was released in spring 2020. Robinson is fresh from her spot as runner-up on the 2020 edition of Canada Reads for her bestseller Son of a Trickster (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), which has also been adapted for TV and debuts this fall on CBC. The final book in her Trickster trilogy, Return of the Trickster, will be released in spring 2021. READ MORE
Wordfest 25@25: Margaret Atwood & Ian Williams
Nov 24 @ 7 PM MT $15
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After last week’s amazing conversation between Eden Robinson and Emily St. John Mandel, the daisy was passed to Ian Williams. When asked whom he’d like to be paired with as his virtual stage-mate, the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner didn’t hesitate: Margaret Atwood. Their 60-minute conversation, hosted by Harry Vanderlist, will start at 7:00 PM MT. (The pre-show will begin at 6:50 PM MT.) READ MORE

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