A poster for Wordfest presents Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner might have had to cancel her Wordfest Imaginarium appearances, but she’s coming back from London for one night only to talk about her Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel, The Mars Room.

A poster for Naked Girls Reading Presents: Banned Books

Banned Books

Naked Girls Reading Calgary celebrates its second anniversary. Hear participants read from a selection of books that have been banned at some point in time, for any reason and from anywhere in the world.

Poster for Gary Shteyngart at Wordfest

Gary Shteyngart

An evening with one of today’s most astute satirical voices coming out of the United States, Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story.

A poster for Wordfest's September book club

We’ve Read This

Have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers and join Wordfest for its monthly book club. This September, read The Mars Room and take part in the conversation.

Poster for Wordfest presents Wab Kinew

Wab Kinew

Inspired by President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing, author and musician Wab Kinew presents this tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes. Join Wordfest for this special evening.

Poster for Wordfest Presents Lorna Crozier

Lorna Crozier

Lorna Crozier has always been brilliant at fusing the ordinary with the other-worldly in surprising ways. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening with one of Canada’s most celebrated poets.

Promo image for Wordfest Presents A.J. Finn & Mary Kubica

A.J. Finn & Mary Kubica

Featuring the authors of two of this season’s hottest thrillers, the evening is hosted by Shelley Youngblut and includes on-stage interviews and readings, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Promo image for Wordfest presents Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson

A deliciously heartwarming and haunted evening with Wordfest, get a preview of the upcoming festival and explore The Saturday Night Ghost Club, Craig Davidson’s first novel since his Giller-shortlisted Cataract City.

Open Mic & Poetry Slam

August Open Mic & Poetry Slam

The city’s one and only official poetry slam, this group has been bringing competitive poetry to YYC since 2003. Calgary Poetry Slam is a democratic platform for expression, join in or swing by to watch.