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Fall Youth Lineup Announced

We’re finalizing the programming for our October Festival (Oct. 9 – 14), and are thrilled to confirm the following authors will be doing Youth Events:

Grades 2-6

Gabrielle Grimard
Author Talk – In School (French)

This popular French-language illustrator has brought to life more than 30 children’s books with her unique visual style. She gives inspiring classroom presentations that contain important messages of diversity, environmentalism and multiculturalism. Read more…

Alice Kuipers
Author Talk/Book Writing Workshop – In School & In Theatre

A festival favourite, Alice Kuipers returns with Polly Diamond and the Magic Book, a lighthearted chapter book for ages 6 to 9 that will instill in young readers a love of words. Read more…

Lindsay Mattick
Author Talk – In School & In Theatre

Lindsay Mattick will be presenting Winnie’s Great War, a heartwarming imagining of the real journey of Winnie the Pooh, from the Canadian forest to traveling with the Vet Corp to the London Zoo. Read more…

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Grades 4-9

Evan Munday

Evan Munday
Author Talk – In School & In Theatre

Evan Munday will be presenting Connect the Scotts, Volume 4 of his Dead Kid Detective Agency Series. Read more…

Grades 7-12

Rachel Giese
Author Talk – In School or In Theatre

Rachel Giese will discuss her new book: Boys, What It Means to Become A Man. (Chapter 7 features Calgary Sexual Health Centre’s WiseGuyz program!) Read more…

David A. Robertson
Author Talk – In School

David A. Robertson is presenting Monsters and Strangers, the first two novels in The Reckoner trilogy. Read more…

Patrick Weekes
Author Talk/Game Writing Workshop – In School & In Theatre

Patrick Weekes is coming with Feeder, his new adventure novel featuring monster-hunter Lori Fisher. Read more…


Phone us at 403-237-9068 or email us at for more information on in-school author visits this April. A representative from Wordfest will get in touch within two business days.

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What is Wordfest Youth?

Wordfest Youth supplies authors from across Canada and around the world to present fun, illuminating in- and out-of-school events that promote a love of reading and a deeper appreciation of the world of ideas and imagination.

Who Brings the Best Authors to YYC?

Wordfest Youth connects Calgary students of all grade-levels with the world’s best YA and children’s authors. We’re a high-calibre, not-for-profit event planner of the wordiest kind who, for more than two decades, has given kids mind-bending opportunities to discover that life is brighter, funnier and juicier when creativity rules.

What Happens?

Pure magic! Wordfest brings authors from across Canada and around the world to Calgary’s stages and schools for captivating, interactive presentations.

Why Does Meeting an Author Matter?

Meeting an actual person who wrote an actual book (especially one that students have read and enjoyed) is a rare, captivating and transformative experience. The opportunity to ask an author why a bird might wake up grumpy or learn first-hand what inspires a writer to write fosters self-confidence, sparks conversations and seeds imaginative potential.

When Can the Authors Come?

Wordfest now books authors into schools two times a year: Spring (April 2019) and during our Festival (October 9-14, 2018).

How Do I Book an Author?

The cost for a school visit is $500 for a 1 hour presentation. However, in response to the growing needs of Calgary schools, Wordfest is changing its cost structure. To ensure as many authors and students are able to connect with each other — and with life changing ideas — we’re pleased to provide full or partial subsidies to any school that requires support. As there are a limited number of free author visits available please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a visit by an author.

If your school is able to afford the cost of an author visit – thank you. Please know that your school’s experience with an author will help support a second experience for other students in our community. 

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