Wordfest: Banff Calgary International Writers Festival

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Wordfest is one of Canada’s largest international literary festivals, taking place each October in Alberta, Canada.

For six days WordFest showcases 70 writers, both big-name stars and new talents, in a mix of 65 events and performances throughout Calgary, Banff and the Bow Valley. The Festival offers a wide variety of public events: readings, panel discussions, interviews, multimedia performances, cabarets, book signings, informal public receptions and more.

In addition to adult literature, Wordfest has a children’s component. The First Calgary Savings Book Rapport Programme is the award-winning education component of WordFest and runs throughout the Festival.

Festival Alumni include: Margaret Atwood, Roch Carrier, Austin Clarke, Douglas Coupland, Roddy Doyle, Timothy Findley, Richard Ford, Nancy Huston, Tomson Highway, Wayne Johnston, Tom King, Alistair MacLeod, E. Annie Proulx, the late Mordecai Richler, Jane Urquhart and Guy Vanderhaeghe.

Wordfest is supported by the Government of Canada.[1]

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