2019 Canadian Writers Events

Calgary Event Centre

2019 Western Canada Writers Festivals and Conventions

ALBERTA

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival: October 26 – November 3, 2019 – Banff – https://www.banffcentre.ca/banff-mountain-film-book-festival

LitFest Alberta: October 17 – 27, 2019 – Edmonton – https://litfestalberta.org/

St. Albert’s Readers Festival: TBA – St. Albert – http://www.starfest.ca/

The Word On the Street: September 22, 2019 – Lethbridge – http://thewordonthestreet.ca/lethbridge/

When Words Collide: August 9-11, 2019 – Calgary – https://www.whenwordscollide.org/

Wordfest: October 16-23, 2019 – Calgary – https://wordfest.com/

Wild Words North: September 27 – 30, 2019 – Dawson Creek – https://www.peaceliardarts.org/2018-words-north-schedule/

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Canadian Authors CanWrite! May 16 – 19, 2019 – Vancouver- https://canadianauthors.org/national/event/canadian-authors-canwrite-2019/

Creative Ink Festival for Writers and Readers: March 29-31, 2019 – Burnaby – https://www.creativeinkfestival.com/

Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival: July 19-21, 2019 – Denman Island – https://denmanislandwritersfestival.com/

LiterAsian: TBA – Vancouver – https://literasian.com/

LitFest New West: April 26, 27 2019 – New Westminster – http://litfestnewwest.com/

North Shore Writers Festival: April 5-6, 2019 – Vancouver – https://northshorewritersfestival.com/

Verses Festival of Words: April 25 – May 4, 2019 – Vancouver – http://versesfestival.ca/

Surrey International Writers Conference: October 25, 2019 – Surrey – https://www.siwc.ca/

Vancouver Writers’ Fest: October 21-27, 2019 – Vancouver – https://writersfest.bc.ca/

 

List Your Festival and Convention …email cindy@opalpublishing.ca


EVENTS 

Wordfest

February & March 2019

Wordfest & The Centre for Newcomers Present Doug Saunders

Award-winning author and Globe and Mail feature columnist Doug Saunders argues we need 100 million Canadians if we’re to outgrow our colonial past and build a safer, greener, more prosperous future. Join the Centre for Newcomers and Wordfest as we celebrate the launch of the 30th Anniversary Legacy Gift to the Community, with an unforgettable conversation with Doug Saunders, author of MAXIMUM CANADA. Hosted by Zain Velji, this event features an on stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Doug Saunders - Wordfest

Date/Time: Feb. 20 @ 7PM – 8:30PM
Location: Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library, 800 3 Street SE
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/wordfest-and-the-centre-for-newcomers-present-doug-saunders/
Cost: $15.00


The Rivers District Master Plan: What’s in it for YYC Arts & Culture? 

What could the proposed Events Centre/Arena, in conjunction with the BMO expansion and Arts Commons upgrade, mean for Calgary’s artists, arts organizations and arts lovers? Councillor Jeff Davidson recently wrote in a Calgary Herald editorial, “On top of the economic benefits, investment, jobs and revenue it would create, the event centre is the focal point in developing a cultural gathering point for all Calgarians.” How can we ensure that the needs, visions and contributions of the city’s cultural sector are included in the Rivers District master plan?
Please join us for an informal — and informed —  conversation, hosted by cultural connector Karen Ball and Wordfest’s CEO & Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut. We’ve invited representatives from City Council, CMLC, Arts Commons, Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Stampede Foundation to participate, and hope that you will add your voices as well.

Calgary Event Centre

Date/Time: Feb. 22 @ 5 PM – 6:15 PM
Location: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 2nd Street SW
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/the-rivers-district-master-plan-whats-in-it-for-yyc-arts-culture/

Cost: FREE


Alberta Premier of Three Feathers by Richard Van Camp

In celebration of Freedom to Read Week, join us for the Calgary premiere of Three Feathers, the feature length film adaptation of Richard Van Camp’s novel by the same name. Presented in partnership with Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library, this event includes an 85 minute film screening, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing with Richard Van Camp. Cash bar available.

Richard Van Camp

Date/Time: Feb. 24 @ 2 PM – 4 PM
Location: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 2nd Street SW
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/film-screening-of-three-feathers-by-richard-van-camp/

Cost: FREE

 


We’ve Read This Book Club

Have you vowed to wean yourself off Netflix and get some serious reading done this winter – then have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers?

Come prepared to delve into Chloe Benjamin’s New York Times Bestselling book, The Immortalists, named best book of the year by Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, Marie Claire, New York Public Library, LibraryReads, The Skimm, Lit Hub, and Lit Reactor.

This event is hosted by blogger and book reviewer Anne Logan of ivereadthis.com, and is part of Wordfest’s monthly book club series on the top floor of Memorial Park Library.

Book Club
Date/Time: Feb. 27 @ 7 PM – 8 PM

Location: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 2nd Street SW
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/weve-read-this-book-club-3/

Cost: $10.00


Wordfest Presents Eileen Myles

Join us for an evening with renowned poet, novelist, public talker, and journalist, Eileen Myles. They will be presenting their latest poetry book called, Evolution, which has been called, “Chicken soup for the queer soul” by Ashley Tomaszewski of the Literati Bookstore. They will also be presenting their book, Afterglow: A Dog Memoir, about their relationship with their pit bull named Rosie. This event includes an on-stage interview and audience Q&A, followed by a book signing. Cash bar available.

Eileen Myles

Date/Time: March 6th @ 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 2nd Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/wordfest-presents-eileen-myles/

Cost: $20.00


TV Binge-Watchers Club: The Handmaids Tale

Description: Finally, a “book” club for people who don’t only read books – and are obsessed with episodic television. We know you’re dying to talk about your favourite on-demand series, so we’ve created a monthly opportunity to geek out with your fellow small-screen aficionados. Next up is The Handmaid’s Tale (a month ahead of the release of the third season). Hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s CEO & Creative Ringleader. Cash bar available.

TV-BINGE

Date/Time: March 12th @ 7PM – 8PM
Location: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 2nd Street SW
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/the-tv-binge-watchers-club-the-handmaids-tale/

Cost: $10.00

 


Wordfest Presents Ann Hui

Don’t miss this tantalizing event with Ann Hui, The Globe and Mail’s national food reporter. Part memoir, part history and part road trip, Chop Suey Nation is the sweet and sour story of immigration told through the kitchens of small-town Canadian Chinese restaurants, including Calgary’s iconic Silver Dragon. Calgary’s beloved Julie Van Rosendaal will be doing the on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. This event will leave you feeling hungry.

Ann-Hui

Date/Time: March 25th @ 7PM-8:30PM
Location: Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library 800 3 Street SE
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/wordfest-present-ann-hui-julie-van-rosendaal/

Cost: $15

 


We’ve Read This Book Club

Have you vowed to wean yourself off Netflix and get some serious reading done this winter – then have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers?

Come prepared to delve into Tommy Orange’s national bestseller, There There. The book has been called, “A gripping deep dive into urban indigenous community in California: an astonishing literary debut!” by Margaret Atwood and a “Sweeping and subtle…pure soaring beauty” by Colm Toibin of The New York Times.
This event is hosted by blogger and book reviewer Anne Logan of ivereadthis.com, and is part of Wordfest’s monthly book club series on the top floor of Memorial Park Library.

MAR-27-Book Club

Date/Time: March 27th @ 7PM – 8PM
Location: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 2nd Street SW
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/weve-read-this-book-club-4/

Cost: $10.00

 


Wordfest presents Jennifer Robson

The perfect night out for fans of The Crown: don’t miss best-selling author Jennifer Robson as she presents her new novel about one of the most famous dresses of the 20th Century — Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown — and the fascinating women who made it. In the tradition of something old and something new, you’re invited to come wearing attire from your special day. Yes, it’s a rare opportunity to dust off your own wedding dress, bridesmaid dress or tux. Hosted by Jenny Howe of CBC Radio’s Homestretch, this event includes an on-stage interview and audience Q&A, followed by a book signing. Cash bar available. And yes, Jenny and the Wordfest staff are all going to dress bridal (or groom-al) for this special occasion!

Jennifer Robson

Date/Time: April 2nd @ 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 2nd Street SW
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/wordfest-presents-jennifer-robson/

Cost: $15.00

 


List Your Event …email cindy@opalpublishing.ca