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/

Edmonton Poetry Festival: April 22 – 28, 2019 – Edmonton, AB – http://www.edmontonpoetryfestival.com/about/

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/

The People’s Poetry Festival: October 25-26, 2019 – Calgary, AB – https://www.facebook.com/The-Peoples-Poetry-Festival-120140568067501/

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

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

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/

VCON: Oct 11-13, 2019 – Vancouver – https://vcon.ca/

Victoria Festival of Authors: TBA – Victoria – http://victoriafestivalofauthors.ca/

Whistler Writers Festival: October 17-20, 2019 – Whistler – http://whistlerwritersfest.com/

Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival: May 10 – 12, 2019 – Salmon Arm – http://wordonthelakewritersfestival.com/

Word Vancouver: TBA – Vancouver – http://wordvancouver.ca/

Words on the Water: March 15, 2019 – Campbell River – http://www.wordsonthewater.ca/about.html

Left Coast Crime’s Annual Mystery Convention: March 28, 2019 – Vancouver – http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2019/

Manitoba

Winnipeg International Writers Fest: September 20-28, 2019 – Winnipeg – https://thinairwinnipeg.ca/

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Festival of Words: July 18, 2019 – Moose Jaw – https://www.festivalofwords.com/

 

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


EVENTS 

Wordfest

April | May  2019

 

 


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


 

Jason Logan

Timely Tasty Talks 2019: Jason Logan (Make Ink)

Join Urban Ink Forager Jason Logan and host Shelley Youngblut for a fascinating conversation about the ways we can all become city builders and environmental advocates through engaging with ink, one of mankind’s oldest forms of communication. In 2014, Logan began a citizen science experiment to make eco-friendly, urban ink from street-harvested pigments. Since then, The Toronto Ink Company has become far more than just an inkmaker: it’s a revolution in natural colour that uses street foraging as a jumping off point for thinking about community, innovation, sustainability and opening our minds to the beauty at our feet.

Date/Time: April 6th 2019, 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd Street SW, Calgary
Cost: $15 – $20
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/timely-tasty-talks-2019-jason-logan-make-ink/


Erin Moure and Michael Redhill

Timely Tasty Talks 2019: Erín Moure & Michael Redhill

Don’t miss two of Canada’s most compelling artists as they launch their long-awaited spring poetry collections in Calgary through a mix of performance and hosted conversation.

Date/Time: April 8th 2019, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Memorial Park Library 1221 2nd Street SW
Cost: $15 – $20
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/timely-tasty-talks-2019-erin-moure-the-elements-michael-redhill-twitch-force/


KyoMaclear Byron Eggenschwiler

Timely Tasty Talks 2019: Kyo Maclear & Byron Eggenschwiler

What the world needs now is more graphic novels like Operatic, the first collaboration between writer Kyo Maclear (Birds Art Life, Bloom, Julia Child) and illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler (Swerve, the Walrus, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra).

Date/Time: April 9 2019, 7pm – 8:15pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Memorial Park Library 1221 2nd Street SW
Cost: $15 – $20
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/timely-tasty-talks-2019-byron-eggenschwiler-kyo-maclear-operatic/


Timely Tasty Talks: Yasuko Thanh (Mistakes To Run With)

Join award-winning author Yasuko Thanh in conversation with Zsuzsi Gartner for a devastatingly frank exploration of how circumstances beyond our control — and the choices we then make — dictate the people we become.

Date/Time: April 12 2019, 7pm – 8:15pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Memorial Park Library 1221 2nd Street SW
Cost: $15 – $20
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/timely-tasty-talks-2019-yasuko-thanh-mistakes-to-run-with/


Zsuzsi Gartner

The Geometry of Story: A Crash-Course on Structure for Fiction

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from Canada’s Guru of Story Craft, Zsuzsi Gartner. This Writing Workshop will demonstrate how to give your stories a better sense of movement & momentum. We will also look at the use of time in narrative prose. For what is the structure of a story, its form, but a way of arranging and rearranging time – of deciding what to divulge and when? You’ll be introduced to a variety of structures and structuring devices through take-home diagrams and written examples. We will also do a writing exercise that illuminates the myriad ways a single story can begin. “Begin at the beginning,” said the King to the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” But it’s never that simple, is it?

Date/Time: April 13 2019, 9:30am – 12pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Memorial Park Library 1221 2nd Street SW
Cost: $20 – $25
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/timely-tasty-talks-2019-zsuzsi-gartner-structure-workshop/


Tia Powell

Timely & Tasty Talks 2019: Tia Powell (Dementia Reimagined)

Moving The Conversation From Cure To Care

Join Dr. Tia Powell in conversation about the meaning of quality of life with host Christina Frangou. One of the world’s leading dementia experts, Powell’s goal is to move the conversation away from an exclusive focus on cure to a genuine appreciation of care and what we can do for those who have dementia, and how to keep life meaningful and joyful for those living with the disease.

Date/Time: April 13 2019, 2pm – 3:15pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Memorial Park Library 1221 2nd Street SW
Cost: $15 – $20
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/timely-tasty-talks-2019-tia-powell-dementia-reimagined/


Book Club Dear Evelyn

We’ve Read This Book Club: Dear Evelyn

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

Come prepared to delve into Dear Evelyn, written by the Giller-nominated author of Paradise & Elsewhere, Kathy Page. The book has been called, “A novel in the shape of a life…[true] to most human experiences of love…Page has laid bare the lives of her characters, making no claim to their significance to anyone but each other, and in doing so has demonstrated that the ordinary is infinitely precious,” by Times Literary Supplement and, “A love story, a coming-of-age story, and a brilliantly evocative sketch of Britain in the 20th century…[a] measured, intelligent novel” by The Guardian.
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.

Date/Time: April 17 2019, 7pm – 8pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Memorial Park Library 1221 2nd Street SW
Cost: $10
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/weve-read-this-book-club-5/


Sharanpal Ruprai

Wordfest Presents Sharanpal Ruprai (Pressure Cooker Love Bomb)

Description: Join us for an evening with the author of Seva for a sizzling event featuring their second book of poetry, Pressure Cooker Love Bomb. This event includes an on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Date/Time: April 25 2019 @ 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Memorial Park Library 1221 2nd Street SW
Cost: $15 – $20
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/wordfest-presents-sharanpal-ruprai-pressure-cooker/


Book Club French Exit

We’ve Read This Book Club: French Exit

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

Come prepared to delve into French Exit, written by the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt. The book has been called, “An immaculate performance on ice, executed with sharp shining blades, lutzing and pirouetting above unknowable black depths” by Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation and, “A sparkling dark comedy that channels both Noel Coward’s wit and Wes Anderson’s loopy sensibility” by NPR.

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.

Date/Time: May 22 2019, 7pm – 8pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Memorial Park Library 1221 2nd Street SW
Cost: $10
Link: https://wordfest.com/session/weve-read-this-book-club-6/


Wordfest Presents Kristen Worley

Wordfest: Kristen Worley

In great demand as an inspirational speaker, Kristen Worley is an Olympic-calibre cyclist who challenged the highest levels of international sport on science, gender and human rights … and won. In her new memoir Woman Enough, Worley tells the powerful and inspiring story of her journey to self-realization, one that will upend your assumptions about sexual identity and show how one person can create significant change in the world while staying true to oneself. This event will feature an on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Date/Time: May 1 2019, 7PM – 8:30PM

Location: Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library 800 3 Street SE

Cost: $15

Link: https://wordfest.com/session/wordfest-presents-kristen-worley/


Guy Gavriel Kay

Wordfest: Guy Gavriel Kay

Description: Join us for an evening with the internationally bestselling author of Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay as he presents his masterful new novel, A Brightness Long Ago. Set in the vivid world of early Renaissance Italy, the novel offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. CBC host Jennifer Keene will be doing the on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Date/Time: May 23 2019, 7PM – 8:30PM

Location: Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library 800 3 Street SE

Cost: $20

Link: https://wordfest.com/session/wordfest-presents-guy-gavriel-kay/


Wordfest Presents André Alexis

Wordfest: Andre Alexis

Don’t miss this afternoon with the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of Fifteen Dogs. André Alexis’ latest novel, Days by Moonlight, is a darkly comical exploration of the perpetual question: how do we know the things we know are real and what is real anyway?

Date/Time: May 25 2019, 1PM – 2:15PM

Location: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor 1221 2nd Street SW

Cost: $15

Link: https://wordfest.com/session/wordfest-presents-andre-alexis/


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