I Love Festivals


It’s an exciting time to be a reader and a writer in Calgary. Wordfest, the city’s #1 Reader’s Festival is currently underway (October 7-16 at various venues across the city).

Celebrating its 21st year, Wordfest is a ten-day festival that provides an opportunity for readers and writers to join together for lively and meaningful conversations. At the same time, it hopes to encourage Calgarians to be more creative and empathetic, which could lead to a happier, healthier, more enriching life. Events include readings, workshops, panel discussions and in-school presentations from authors.

The festival is for all ages and includes a three-day youth program (October 12-14). Authors from across the country and around the world will be on-hand to present fun and illuminating events to help promote a love of reading and a deeper understanding of the importance of the written word.

“mind-bending opportunities to discover that life is brighter, funnier and juicier when reading and writing rule.”

Wordfest authors are available for school visits to give hour-long presentations discussing the building blocks of storytelling, sharing the details of their day-to-day writing lives and emphasizing the importance of imagination, research, resilience and reading.

Some of the authors attending the festival’s youth program include:

  • Ruth Ohi – author and illustrator of picture books Fox and Squirrel: The Best Christmas Ever and Shh! My Brother’s Napping.
  • Kenneth Oppel – a Governor General Literary Award winner and author of Every Hidden Thing.
  • Kathy Stinson – author of picture books Red is Best, Big or Little and Harry and Walter.
  • Arthur Slade – another Governor General Literary Award winner, he will be reading from his latest novel, Flickers.
  • Karen Bass and Aaron Paquette – both will be discussing Aboriginal traditions in literature.

For more information about these and other Wordfest events visit wordfest.com.