Calgary Spur Festival, April 25-27

box-SpurWordfest is pleased to partner on the Calgary launch of Spur, a national festival of politics, art and ideas from April 25-27, 2014. Wordfest is also the proud, community sponsor of Books and Brunch at the River Café Restaurant on April 26, 9:30am, where Alberta author Greg Bechtel discusses his new book, Boundary Problems, in conversation with Griffin Poetry Prize winner, Christian Bök. Read more…


Elaine Lui, Jann Arden Recap

box-arden-luiFriends and fans joined Wordfest for beverages, nibbles, swag and an engaging evening with celebrity blogger Elaine Lui and host Jann Arden at the John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library on April 10, 2014. Don’t forget to check out these photos by Don Molyneaux on Wordfest’s Flickr page. Read more…


Wordfest Returns from Toronto

box-slidesLast week, Executive Director Jo Steffens and Artistic Associate Kajsa Erickson journeyed to Toronto on official Wordfest business. Their mission: meet with as many Canadian publishers as possible in the city, and return with the inside scoop on what readers can look forward to in 2014. Read more…


Wordfest Shelfies

box-shelfieThe Oxford English Dictionary named the “Selfie” the word of the year for 2013. But staff at Wordfest are much more excited about the “Selfie’s” bookish cousin — the emerging trend of the “Shelfie, which didn’t quite make the top of the Oxford Dictionary’s list, but deserves special mention nonetheless. Read more…


Elaine Lui and Jann Arden, April 10

MemoirJoin Wordfest for beverages, nibbles, swag and an engaging evening with celebrity blogger Elaine Lui and host Jann Arden, beginning with a reception at 6:15pm and main event at 7pm. Lui presents Listen to the Squawking Chicken, a mother-daughter memoir that will leave readers laughing out loud, gasping in shock, and reconsidering what it takes to be a parent. It is a playbook of unusual advice and warnings about hard work, humility, love, friendship, family loyalty, personal style and finding one’s own voice, among other essentials. Read more…