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The cover of Vivian Manasc's Old Stories, New Ways

Vivian Manasc

Join Shelf Life Books for the virtual Calgary launch of Vivian Manasc’s Old Stories, New Ways: Conversations About an Architecture Inspired by Indigenous Ways of Knowing. One of the founders of Manasc Isaac Architects Manasc will be in conversation with Dr. Frits Pannekoek so be sure to tune in to this live-stream.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
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Kliph Nesteroff

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents comic historian Kliph Nesteroff and his fascinating new book, We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy. The hour-long conversation will be hosted by Plains Cree comedian, actor, and writer Dawn Dumont. Register for your Digital Doggie Bag.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
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NeWest Press Mystery/Thriller/Noir Quadruple Header

Looking for suspense? Shelf Life Books and NeWest Press present four authors—A.J. Devlin, D.B. Carew, Mark Lisac, and Niall Howell—reading from their latest novels for an evening of mystery and suspense. The readings will be followed by a Q&A.

Showtime: 7:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
A graphic for Wordfest presents Rowan Hisayo Buchanan & Genki Ferguson

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan & Genki Ferguson

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents a pair of contemporary fiction writers whose new novels—infused with empathy and edge—explore our collective search for connection: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Genki Ferguson. This is a literary event not to be missed!

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
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Single Onion #174

The Single Onion presents a literary evening not to be missed! Featuring poet and fantasy author Alison Clarke, multidisciplinary artist and educator Marie Metaphor Specht, creative and critical writing teacher Laura Swart, and poet, translator, writer and educator K. B. Thors, be sure to tune in and check it out!

Showtime: 7:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
A drag queen reading a book

Virtual Reading with Royalty

Reading with Royalty celebrates diversity and encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace the exploration of self. Spark your imagination with Calgary Public Library’s glamorous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag performers!

Showtime: 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
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Inner City Stories

After a long COVID-19 hiatus, Loft 112 presents their next Inner City Stories featuring the work of writer, Patricia Paterson. Join in and listen to Paterson’s reading of Calgary Skyline followed by a Q&A with the author. Tickets required for this event and the first 28 registrants will receive a copy of the book.

Showtime: 5:00pm
Location: Stream Online$5
Covers of An Ocean of Static and This is a picture of Windworking by J. R. Carpenter

Measures of Weather

Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and J. R. Carpenter, University of Alberta’s 2020/21 writer-in-residence, for a virtual reading and talk hosted by creative writing professor Dr. Larissa Lai. Hear Carpenter read from her recent collections An Ocean of Static and This is a picture of Windworking, followed by a Q&A.

Showtime: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
A graphic for Wordfest presents Ashley Bristowe

Ashley Bristowe

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents Ashley Bristowe and her raw, refreshingly honest memoir My Own Blood. Full of rage and resilience, duty and love, Bristowe delivers a mother’s voice like no other we’ve heard. The hour-long virtual conversation will be hosted by the remarkable Sheila Heti. Register in advance!

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
The cover of Kevin Van Tighem in Conversation with Evan Osenton's Wild Roses Are Worth It

Kevin Van Tighem in Conversation with Evan Osenton

Celebrate Earth Day with Shelf Life Books and Kevin Van Tighem as he launches his new book, Wild Roses Are Worth It. This selection of works by naturalist, hunter, conservation activist, and outdoors journalist will inspire and provoke.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
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The Way We Eat

Wordfest’s lively April storytelling event features four writers riffing about our complex relationships with food: Uzma Jalaluddin, Michael Moss, Lisa Ray, and Alex Wood. Each author will perform an open-mic style monologue on the theme, as well as answer questions from the new series host, Pam Rocker.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
A drag queen reading a book

Virtual Reading with Royalty

Reading with Royalty celebrates diversity and encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace the exploration of self. Spark your imagination with Calgary Public Library’s glamorous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag performers!

Showtime: 11:00am – 11:45am
Location: Stream OnlineFree
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Love Notes Cabaret

The world is calling out for unity, for compassion and kindness—and Harpreet M Dayal is listening. Love Notes blends contemporary and South Asian sounds with poetry, creating an artistic balm to help you see your own story in others. Join Arts Commons Presents for the third installment of this popular showcase!

Showtime: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
A graphic for Wordfest presents Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air series presents award-winning New Yorker journalist Patrick Radden Keefe and his exposé of the Sackler family’s connection to the opiod crisis, Empire of Pain. The hour-long conversation will be hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Worldfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader. Be sure to register.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Join Storytelling Alberta for an evening of stories and music celebrating hope and transformation. Storytellers will take us on a journey, beginning with our true and essential selves, reaching out into the unknown, overcoming adversaries, finally completing the circle of life.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Stream OnlinePay-What-You-Can
A graphic for Wordfest presents Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert

Eat your veggies! Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents Michelin-starred chef and famed NYC restaurateur Eric Ripert, in celebration of his new cookbook Vegetable Simple. The hour-long conversation is hosted by Calgary’s exuberant food writer Julie Van Rosendaal and this special book with ticket event includes a signed copy.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream Online$34 - $52
A graphic for Wordfest presents Alexandra Morton & Kevin Van Tighem

Alexandra Morton & Kevin Van Tighem

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents veteran conservationists Alexandra Morton and Kevin Van Tighem with their inspiring new books on environmental stewardship and activism. The hour-long conversation will be hosted by Annalise Klingbeil. Register in advance for your own Digital Doggie Bag.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
A graphic for Wordfest presents Dawnie Walton

Dawnie Walton

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents Dawnie Walton, author of one of this spring’s most highly anticipated novels, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. The hour-long conversation will be hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader. Be sure to register in advance for your Digital Doggie Bag.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
A graphic for Wordfest's The Way We Mom

The Way We Mom

Wordfest’s May storytelling event features four writers and their unique stories about mothering: Angie Abdou, Perdita Felicien, Harriet Alida Lye, and Keiler Roberts. Each writer will perform an open-mic style monologue on the theme as well as answer questions from the host, Pam Rocker. Register today and don’t miss it!

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree
A graphic for Wordfest presents Dr. David Goldbloom

Dr. David Goldbloom

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air series presents leading psychiatrist and mental health care advocate Dr. David Goldbloom and his timely new book We Can Do Better: Urgent Innovations to Improve Mental Health Access and Care. The hour-long conversation will be live-streamed and you can register for a Digital Doggie Bag.

Showtime: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stream OnlineFree

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