OUR

PROGRAM
THEMES

WORDFEST THEMES
OCTOBER 14-19, 2014

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SPECIAL EVENTS

What to Expect: fundraisers and
blockbusters that showcase literary
gems and giants.
Events include an intimate dinner
with Kim Thúy at Novel Supper
Club, a celebration for lovers of
literacy at Wordfest and Calgary
Reads’ The Big Book Club with
Nicholas Carr, a mix of food and
fine writing in Circling the North.
Also, be sure not to miss Amanda
Lindhout in September and Naomi
Klein on October 21 after the
Festival.

17

FEATURED EVENTS

What to Expect: MainStage events
and Festival highlights you won’t
want to miss.
Events in this section include an
Evening with Emma Donoghue,
Bruce McCulloch: Let’s Start a Riot,
Women in Clothes and Veronica
Roth in Conversation with Tahereh
Mafi.

20

What to Expect: features
multidisciplinary events and
travelling acts from around the
world.
Wordfest takes the power of
storytelling beyond the page with
a selection of events including C.R.
Avery at the Ironwood Stage, Live
Illustration with Ricardo Siri Liniers,
Sean Michaels at the National Music
Centre and the return of Literary
Death Match and Ryeberg Live
among others.

24

BOOKMARKS

What to Expect: all week-day
afternoon panels in Calgary.
Events include the return of the
Festival’s noontime Writers Book
Club, along with events such as
Empires, Men in Love, Generation
Us and Food & Culture. The Festival
is looking forward to presenting
books selected by Wordfest’s
Volunteer Readers at the new
Readers Choice event.

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46

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STORYLINES

What to Expect: explorations of a
variety of topics through themed
panels and readings.
This selection includes a discussion
of post-apocalyptic themes in
Future Imperfect, pleasingly
terrifying tales in New Gothic, and
a rich variety of other explorations
in events such as Writers and
Mixtapes, Darkness Visible, Gals
and Good Times, Murder They
Wrote, Blokes and Brawls and a
live-recorded Governor General’s
Literary Awards Celebration,
among others.

WORDFEST YOUTH

What to Expect: enriching youth
events that spark a passion for
reading and writing.

36

BACK STORIES

What to Expect: thoughtful
conversations and intimate
readings with top authors from
around the world, taking audiences
through the story behind the
storyteller.
Events include the inaugural White
Noise Talks, featuring themes from
Thomas Keenan’s Technocreep
and Guillaume Morisette’s New
Tab, along with Wordfest’s new
One-on-one Series of interviews
with authors including Michael
Crummey, Nancy Huston, Sjón,
Christos Tsiolkas, Kathleen Winter
and Tim Winton.

First Calgary Financial Book
Rapport offers something for
just about every age and every
interest, bringing readers and
writers together for entertainment,
discussion and pure inspiration.
Wordfest presents world-renowned
writers, illustrators, poets and
performers each year for the
enjoyment of children, teens,
parents and educators in Calgary
and the Bow Valley.

50

FAMILY FUN

What to Expect: interactive and
creative events that encourage
imagination among children and
their families.
These events provide enriching,
accessible and memorable
experiences for families through
fun, engaging songs, poems and
readings that emphasizes the
importance of reading to children.

44

WORKSHOPS

What to Expect: Wordfest artists
who offer inspiration, instruction
and an in-depth look at the craft of
storytelling.
Catch workshops with Ted Bishop,
Hugh Brewster, Scott Chantler,
Michael Cho, Elyse Friedman,
Michael Robotham and Kathleen
Winter.

52

BANFF EVENTS

What to Expect: provocative and
entertaining literary events in a
stunning mountain setting.
From October 17 to 19, authors
Thomas King, Joshua Ferris and
Elyse Friedman will appear in
Banff for a discussion on Creative
Identities, and Kate Pullinger
and Adam Sternbergh will be in
conversation on the subject of
Storytelling on the Digital Edge.
These and other events, including
an appearance by 2014 Wordfest
Distinguished Author Ann-Marie
MacDonald, round-off the Banff
Weekend.

October 2014

A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR NENSHI
On behalf of the citizens of Calgary and my City Council colleagues I am pleased to welcome you to the
19th annual Wordfest!
Since its founding in 1996, Wordfest has given us the opportunity to learn the stories behind the story
from the authors that brought them to life. It is a celebration of all things literary; with approximately 60
separate events, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
The success of Wordfest depends upon many volunteers who are excited to share their appreciation for
the written word with the attendees. The staff at WordFest spends many hours organizing this Festival,
and must be commended for their role in honouring our stories and the people that tell them.
Sincerely,

Naheed K. Nenshi
MAYOR

Welcome
3
FROM THE DIRECTOR
•••
Wordfest celebrates the power of story
in more ways than ever this year. We
are bringing back popular events
that redefine literary programming
and introducing new formats and
partnerships.
Theatre Junction Grand is our new
Community Arts Consortium partner
and the Festival will be occupying their
gorgeous historic building as our main
festival hub. Patrons will be able to
mingle with other festivalgoers and
connect with their favourite authors in
the mezzanine bar, restaurant, coffee
kiosk or Festival bookstore.

This year there are more than 80
writers, from around the globe, in over
65 events that include our new Oneon-one interviews (see Back Stories
Section p. 36) and a Readers Choice
(p. 26) event (chosen by popular vote),
themed discussions on topical issues,
interactive performances, educational
workshops and special and featured
events combining famous, mid-career,
and up-and-coming authors.
There are events to entertain, inspire,
provoke and enlighten. We look forward
to welcoming you to the 19th edition
of Wordfest and we thank you for your
support.

1 JO STEFFENS, prior to joining Wordfest,
was curator at The Municipal Art Society of New

There is nothing more powerful than a story well
told and it is through reading that we are exposed
to new ideas that help us understand the world
around us.
—Jo Steffens, Wordfest Executive Director

BANFF GREETING
•••
Hello Wordfest enthusiasts,
Since 1933, emerging and established
artists from around the world have
brought their creative energy to The
Banff Centre, and we have been proud
to support and mentor them as they
turn their dreams into reality. As a
founding partner of Wordfest, The
Banff Centre is proud to welcome the
Festival back to Banff for its closing
weekend.

Working with the Wordfest team to
bring outstanding writers together with
the readers who love their work is a
wonderful opportunity, and capturing
the events to share with a broader
audience is a key value for us this year.
The Banff Centre is delighted
to welcome the 2014 Wordfest
Distinguished Author Ann-Marie
MacDonald (p. 54). We look forward to
the “story behind the storyteller” in her
on-stage interview about her new novel,
Adult Onset. Author Thomas King opens
the weekend; Joshua Ferris and Elyse
Friedman will join us for a discussion
on Creative Identities (p. 56), and Kate

York, Director of Urban Center Books, founder of
the Independent Booksellers of NYC, with Sarah
McNally, and editor of Unpacking My Library.
Steffens won the 2014 Rozsa Award for
Innovation for pushing the boundaries of
traditional literary presentations at Wordfest.
Visit rozsafoundation.org for more details!

Pullinger and Adam Sternbergh will

be in conversation on the subject of
Storytelling on the Digital Edge
(p. 54). This, live storytelling, Books and
Brunch (p. 55) and much more will close
a truly exciting 2014 Festival.
We look forward to welcoming you to
The Banff Centre from October 17 – 19
for a great festival weekend!
Carolyn Warren
Vice-President Arts, The Banff Centre

Celebrating the written word,
everyday.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
6
Bringing Readers
and Writers
Together Through
the Power of Story

Wordfest is a not-for-profit, charitable
organization that contributes to the
cultural vitality of the community by
bringing readers and writers together
through the power of story.

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Annual Wordfest runs from

literary festivals in Canada, attracting more
than 15,000 attendees annually. Wordfest has
brought over 850 writers to Calgary, Banff and
the Bow Valley since its inception in 1996.

•••

TABLE OF
CONTENTS

7 The 19

October 14-19, 2014, and is among the top three

Wordfest Events Are Grouped by Category for
easier browsing. These include:

•••
Welcome

3

Table of Contents

6

Ticket Information

7

Event Locations

8

Sponsors

10

Supporters

12

Special Events

14

Featured Events

17

Page Breaks

20

Bookmarks

24

Storylines

28

Back Stories

36

Workshops

44

Wordfest Youth

46

TD Family Literacy Series

50

Banff Events

52

2014 Artists

62

Special Events (p. 14) fundraisers
and blockbusters that showcase literary
gems and giants.

Workshops (p. 44) Wordfest artists
who offer inspiration, instruction and an
in-depth look at the craft of storytelling.

Featured Events (p. 17) Main Stage
events and Festival highlights you won’t
want to miss.

Wordfest youth (p. 46) enriching
youth events that spark a passion for
reading and writing.

Page Breaks (p. 20) multidisciplinary
events and travelling acts from around
the world.

TD Family Literacy Series (p.
50) interactive and creative events
for parents and young children that
encourage imagination.

Bookmarks (p. 24) all week-day
afternoon panels in Calgary.
Storylines (p. 28) explorations of
a variety of topics through themed
panels and readings.
back stories (p. 36) thoughtful
conversation and intimate readings
with top authors from around the
world, taking audiences through the
story behind the storyteller.

Banff Events (p. 52) provocative
and entertaining literary events in a
stunning mountain setting.

TICKET Information
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To Order
TICKETS & PASSES
Wordfest Box Office

Wordfest sells tickets for all Festival
events




Call 403 237 9068, 9am–5pm,
Mon–Fri
Drop by Eau Claire Market, 200
Barclay Parade SW, 9am-5pm,
Mon-Fri
email: boxoffice@wordfest.com
online: wordfest.com
•••

Epcor Centre Box Office

Epcore Centre sells tickets for all Festival
events except Theatre Junction events



Call 403 294 9494, 9am–8pm,
Mon–Fri / 10am–6pm, Sat /
12–4pm, Sun and Holidays
Drop by Centre Court
at 225 8 Ave SE
online: epcorcentre.org
•••

FESTIVAL Passes
GOLD — $165 (1 Ticket to most Banff and Calgary Events)*
Calgary — $140 (1 Ticket to most Calgary Events)*
Banff — $85 (1 Ticket to most Banff Events)*
artist lounge pass — $50 (Valid for 1 pass to attend the Artist Lounge Wed +

Thurs 9pm to 12pm midnight)*

* Subject to availability at time of booking. GST is included in the price of the passes.
Gold, Calgary, Banff and Flex Passes do not include tickets to receptions, parties,
workshops or special events. Pass Holders are encouraged to reserve tickets 48 hours in
advance to avoid disappointment. Passes are not transferable.
•••

Flex Pass
Flex Pass — $60 (Pack of 4 Tickets to be used at most Calgary and Banff Events)*

*Flex Passes do not include tickets to receptions, parties, workshops or special events.
Tickets booked under the Flex Pass can be shared but must be booked by the pass holder.
•••

Single Tickets
• Most individual tickets range from $8 to $30 (excluding receptions and special
events). See event details in the guide for full pricing.

For most events, excluding receptions, workshops and special events, Wordfest
offers a reduced rate to students, seniors and Friends of CJSW. See event details
in the guide for full pricing information.

Theatre Junction sells tickets for Theatre
Junction events only

Door tickets are subject to availability. Advance ticket sales on some events may
receive a discounted ticket price. See event details in the guide for full pricing.

Call 403 205 2922 x 1
Drop by Theatre Junction Grand
608 1 St SW (Call ahead for hours)
online: theatrejunction.com
•••

BOOK RAPPORT TICKETS: First Calgary Financial Book Rapport is the
educational program of Wordfest. Book Rapport tickets are generally school
bookings. However single tickets for the public events are also available.

Theatre junction grand
box office



The Banff Centre Box Office

The Banff Centre sells tickets for Banff
events only.




Call 403 762 6301 / 1 800 413 8368
Drop by The Banff Centre Box
Office, 107 Tunnel Mountain
Drive, Banff, AB, T1L 1H5
email: box_office@
online: banffcentre.ca
•••

?

Not sure which box office to contact
about buying tickets?

Visit wordfest.com or phone the Wordfest office
at 403 237 9068

1 Some wORDFEST 2014 EVENTS are managed by different Box Offices!
With the exception of wordfest.com, unfortunately not all box offices associated with the Festival
are able to sell tickets to all events at Wordfest 2014. We apologize for the inconvenience, and
encourage you to phone us or visit wordfest.com for clarification on where to buy tickets.

event locations
taxi services

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checker cabs
403 299 9999

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calgary transit

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call for services

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CALGARY DOWNTOWN

12th st SE

403 262 1000

INGLEWOOD
9th ave SE

9th ave SE

IRONWOOD STAGE & GRILL
1229 9 Ave SE

alliance francaise de clagary

108, 240-4th ave sw

4th ave SW

PARKING
11th

4th ave SE

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10th

5th ave SW

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10th ave SE

10th ave SE

5th ave SE
FESTIVAL HALL
1215 10 AVE se

KNOX UNITED CHURCH

CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

john dutton theatre - 616 macleod trail se

7th ave SW

CTRAIN STATION

7th ave SW

CTRAIN STATION

CTRAIN STATION

8th ave SW
8th ave SE

LOFT 112

535 8 ave se

GLENBOW MUSEUM
130 - 9th ave sw

9th ave SW
9th ave SE

SHELF LIFE BOOKS
1302 4th street SW

3rd st SE

6th ave SE
Macleod Trail SE

1st st SE

1st st SW

Centre st SW

CTRAIN STATION

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608 1St SW

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THEATRE JUNCTION

11th

6th ave SW

12th st SE

1302 4th street SW

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SPONSORS
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PRODUCTION PARTNER

PLATINUM

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

WORDFEST ACKNOWLEDGES THE SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC & PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS
glasswaters
foundation

John & Barbara Poole Family Funds care of

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official booksellers

wordfest
board of directors
Deborah Bartlett, Chair
Bailey Rivard, Treasurer
Alison Buie, Director
Alison Gray, Director
Erika Ho, Director
Lori Egger, Director
Michelle Clarke, Director
Rosemarie Enslin, Director
Shawna Stirrett, Director
Sheila O’Brien, Director
Stephen Shawcross, Director

founding partners

Madison Bartlett
Marketing Assistant

Jessica Lovett
Director of Marketing

Ryan Hurl
Box Office Staff

Marie-Eve Marchand
Director, Public Relations

Sandra Paire
Book Rapport Manager
Festival des mots Manager

Amélie Goulet-Boucher
Marketing Officer

Yolanda Hernandez
Accountant

Jenny Spurr
Media and Communications Officer
Bronwyn Lawrie
Media and Communications
Practicum Participant

Jo Steffens
Executive Director

FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
Alyssa Hanke
Carlos Bulk
Emmanuel Ho
Lucia Juliao
Megan Kendall
Radim Rybacek

Andrea Enaux
Education Program Assistant

the banff centre

FILM & MEDIA

Jack Davis
Interim President

Kerry Stauffer
Director, Film & Media

Carolyn Warren
Vice President, Arts

Tom Montvila
Production Supervisor

Joshua Knelman
Banff Series Editor

Todd Langille
Production & Post-Production Manager

literary arts

Jess Green
Production Coordinator

FESTIVAL STAFF

Bruce Evans
Production Manager
Cassandra Paul
Operations Coordinator
Danielle French
Box Office Staff
Donna-Lynn Ramler
Volunteer Manager

Naomi Johnston
Operations Manager, Literary Arts

Elham Zarepisheh
Wordfest Intern

Jeffrey Millar
Program Coordinator, Literary Arts

Everett Wilson
Communications Coordinator

Meghan Power
Program Coordinator, Literary Arts

Iman Abou El Seoud
Education Program Assistant

Pam Knott
Volunteer Coordinator

Jocelyn Hebert
Resource Development Associate

the banff centre press

Julio C. Agudelo
Accountant
Kajsa Erickson
Artistic Associate
Kyra Richter
Webmaster

Robyn Read
Managing Editor, The Banff Centre Press

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Lisa Cooke
Executive Director
Marketing & Communications

Jim Olver
Director, Customer Service
Linda Wittchen
Box Office Manager

TECHNICAL SERVICES
Lee Thompson
Manager of Technical Services
Rod Shoup
Senior Audio Visual Technician
Blair Atkinson
Audio Visual Technician

THEATRE ARTS
John Avery
Director of Production, Theatre Arts
Robina Cook
Assistant to the Director of Production,
Theatre Arts

Supporters
12
Murray Palmer
Technical Director, Theatre Arts
Stuart Grant
Technical Direction Practicum Participant
Lyle Fish
Head of Sound, Theatre Arts
Charles Culver
Assistant Head of Sound, Theatre Arts
Matt Flawn
Head Electrician, Theatre Arts
Darrel Shaw
Assistant Head of Lighting, Theatre Arts
Christopher Macdonald
Head Stage Carpenter — Crew Chief,
Theatre Arts
Bruce McComb
Assistant Head Stage Carpenter, Theatre Arts
PROGRAM SERVICES
Jason Ponee
Program Services Manager

individual donors
Anonymous donors
Alison Buie
Deborah Bartlett
Barbara Beaton
Pamela Banting
Michelle Clarke
Lori Egger
Rosemarie Enslin
Eveline Goodall
David Grantham
Allison Gray
Kelly Hewson
Erika Ho
Michael Lang
Gillian Lawrence
Andrew MacPherson
Sheila O'Brien
Barry + Gail Pollock
Jeannette Richter
Bailey Rivard
Allison Rose
Stephen Shawcross
Betty Sherwood
Jo Steffens
Shawna Stirrett
Carl Svoboda
Jennifer Willans
Robert + Glenda Wilson

CORPORATE SPONSORS
6 Degrees Production, Music and Studios
Alberta Views
Avenue Magazine
ATB Financial
Bennett Jones LLP
Calgary Herald

CBC
CJSW
CKUA
Fast Forward Weekly
First Calgary Financial
Galileo Wine & Spirits
Glenbow Museum
HarperCollins Canada
Highlander Wine & Spirits
Ici Musique
Kelly Brothers Productions
Mount Royal University
Mountain FM
Nucleus Information Services Inc.
Pattison
Penguin Random House Canada
Simon & Schuster Canada
Swerve
Talisman Energy
TD
Theatre Junction GRAND
Unicom
University of Calgary
The Walrus
Wax Partnership Inc.
The Westin Calgary

FOUNDATIONS
Cadillac Fairview Corporation
the Calgary Foundation
glasswaters foundation
Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation
John and Barbara Poole Fund at
Edmonton Community Foundation
Kinder Morgan Foundation
Nickle Family Foundation
Rozsa Foundation
United Nations Association in Canada

community partners
Alberta Theatre Projects
Alliance française de Calgary
Australia Council for the Arts
Banff Public Library
Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
Calgary Folk Festival
Calgary Reads
carte blanche
Chapters-Indigo
Consulat général de France à Toronto
EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts
Freefall Magazine
La Cité des Rocheuses
Literary Death Match
Loft 112
National Music Centre
Nosegay Flower Shoppe
Owls Nest Books
Ryeberg Curated Video
Sheep River Library
Shelf Life Books
University of Calgary Bookstore
Vancouver Writers Festival
WORKSHOP kitchen + culture

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOLLOWING
PUBLISHERS FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN PROVIDING
TRAVEL FOR SELECTED ARTISTS

Anvil Press
Arsenal Pulp Press
Biblioasis
Coach House Books
conundrum press
Cormorant Books
L’école des loisirs
Éditions du Boréal
Editions Michel Quintin
Enchanted Lion
Freehand Books
Frontenac House
Greystone Books
Groundwood Books
Hachette
Hamish Hamilton
Harbour Publishing
HarperCollins Canada Ltd
House of Anansi Press Ltd
Japan Foundation, Toronto
Kids Can Press
Knopf Canada
McClelland and Stewart
Penguin
Penguin Group (Canada)
Publishers Group Canada
Random House of Canada Limited
Rocky Mountain Books
Scholastic
Simon & Schuster
Talon Books
Tundra
Véhicule Press
Wolsak and Wynn
Additional thanks

Actes Sud
Allen and Unwin
Auckland University Press
Crown Publishers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Leméac
Little, Brown and Company
OR Books
Playwrights Canada Press
WE THANK THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS AND
ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR INVALUABLE SUPPORT

Amanda McKoy
Andrew Long
Angèle Delaunois
Anne Green
Bruce MacMillan
Cathy Tippett
Christina Grant
Claire Le Masne
Clara Desmarteau
Dale Wallace
Damien Hubert
Darlene Quaife
Derek Beaulieu
Diana Villeneuve
Don Stein
Doris Daley

Hal Wake
Hervé Stéclebout
Joedi Dunn
Janica Fisher
Julien Sicard
Kathy Smail
Kerry Longpre
Kevin Peterson
Leese Carey
Lisa Murphy-Lamb
Lori Egger
Louis Anctil
Malcom Mooney
Maria Dawaele
Marie Berguirdjian
Martine Rousseau
Mary Peet
Mary Rozsa
Meagan Keam
Mélanie Bonnard
Michael Hare
Michael Katz
Micheline Maylor
Parisa Radmanesh
Peter Sherer
Robyn Read
Sal Howell
Samantha Warwick
Sandeep Kaur
Sarah Taekema
Sheila O`Brien
Steacy Lee Collyer
Steve Pike
Susan Hare
Trevor Wilde
Trudy Gallager
Zack Steffens

thank you volunteers!
Abby Popowich
Alana Fischer
Alicia Yip
Alta Huntington
Amanda Peters
Amy Whitmore
Amy Hensch
Andrea Enaux
Angela Wiebe
Aracley Alamos
Barbara Simpkins
Blake Young
Breann Christie
Cara Violini
Carol Barros
Carol Jensen
Carrie Blaug
Cathi Ramsden
Celina Vides
Chloe McBean
David McBean
Debbie MacNaughton
Diane Devonshire
Diane Zybutz
Dieu Dinh
Dorothy Laing
Eileen Mak
Ellen Leavitt
Emily Mody
Eva Dupas
Florence Smith
Gail Cooke
Ganna Melekh
Giuseppe Negro
Glenna Bagely
Hazel Dean
Heather Larson
Hilary Munro
Holly Hoffman
Ian Scott

Ingrid Stammer
Janet Bliss
Jeff Lewis
Jenn Machin
Jennifer Caswell
Jocelyn Taylor
Joe Foley
Judy Snyder
Karen Lee
Karissa Gall
Kathryn Poudrier
Kayla Whittingham
Kelli Stevens
Kelsey Attard
Kevin Nicholson
Laurie Harris
Linda Tovey
Lucianna Dykstra
Maraya Loza-Koxahn
Marilyn
Marion Gregory
Marion Walls
Mary Brandt
Mary Spensley
Maureen Magee
Meghan Lindsay
Melanie Sicotte
Melissa Knive
Melissa McPhee
Michelle Buxmann
Nadia Helal
Nicole Lefebvre
Nora Spencer
Patricia Leahy
Patricia O'Reilly
Petra Mandock
Phionna Wall
Reza Inanloo
Richard Cartwright
Sabiha Mohsen
Sadia Habiby
Sandra Cameron Evans
Sarah Romanuck
Scott Brown
Shannon MbKenty
Shelly Fleurie
Sonia Jarmula
Stephanie Bedin
Stephanie Limacheri
Susan Gardiner
Suzanne Labossiere
Tamara Portz
Thomas Sun
Ulrike Thomas
Vera Goodman
Veronica Vincent

TD is proud
to support
WordFest.
We’re working
together with
event organizers
to make a
difference in our
communities.

*Lists updated as of
August 19, 2014

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special events

7 WHAT TO EXPECT: fundraisers and
blockbusters that showcase literary gems and
giants.

14
Wordfest presents
Amanda Lindhout

In conversation with host Shelley
Youngblut, Lindhout reflects on the
popular and critical reception of A
House in the Sky over the past year.

Thursday, September 11 • 7pm
Glenbow - ConocoPhillips Theatre

Lindhout’s memoir is a searingly
intimate account of an intrepid young
woman and her search for compassion
in the face of unimaginable adversity. A
House In the Sky has found an almostpermanent home on bestseller lists, and
her harrowing story has been optioned
as a major motion picture, with Oscar®
nominated actress Rooney Mara set to
produce and star in the film.

Tickets: $25
special event

•••
Amanda Lindhout returns to Wordfest
one year since the release of her
internationally acclaimed memoir, A
House In the Sky, which recounts her
extraordinary experience of being held
hostage for 460 days by militants in
Somalia. (90 minutes)

Wednesday, October 15 • 5pm
Theatre Junction GRAND
WORKSHOP Kitchen + Culture

Tickets: $250
Tax Receipt provided For a Portion of Ticket
special event / FUNDRAISER

Photo by Vu Quang

•••

seamstress, restaurant owner and lawyer
before devoting herself completely to writing
in her Montreal home. The author moved from
Vietnam to Canada with her family when she
was ten years old.

Global Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit
organization that supports development, aid
and education initiatives in Somalia and Kenya.

Novel Supper Club

1 Kim Thúy has worked as a farmer,

1 Amanda Lindhout is the founder of the

Join the Festival’s movers and shakers
at this fundraising event featuring
an intimate dinner and a guided
conversation with Kim Thúy who
presents her highly-anticipated second
novel, Mãn, about a woman with
immense culinary talent. (120 minutes)
In Thúy’s novel, Mãn discovers that she
is a natural chef and quietly practices

her art, with food as her medium. She
creates dishes that are suffused with
memory and emotion, that evoke
place and time and that even bring her
Montreal customers to tears.
Her first novel, Ru, fictionalized her
family’s journey to Quebec and the
discovery of their new environment.
Since its release, the novel has been
published in several languages and has
won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire at the
Salon du livre in Paris, and a Governor
General’s Literary Award in 2010.

7 Wordfest is a not-for-profit, charitable
arts organization. Proceeds from this event
support the Festival’s 20th year in 2015.

A novel so delicious I ate it in one sitting.

—Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story

15
Circling the North
THURSDAY, October 16 • 6pm
FESTIVAL HALL - 1215 10 AVE se, CALGARY

Tickets: $35
SPECIAL EVENT / northern nibbles included

•••

Journey into the heart of the north as
chef, author and cooking columnist
Michele Genest joins conservationists
Jennifer Kingsley, James Raffan and
Kathleen Winter as they reflect on the
beauty, vulnerability and often-invisible
presence of the arctic.

This is travel writing
at its best!
—Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of
a Cracker Childhood, on Kingsley’s
Paddlenorth.

CALGARY READS •
THE BIG BOOK CLUB
THURSDAY, October 16 • 7pm

7 NICHOLAS CARR is renowned for his

Theatre Junction GRAND

2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for non-fiction, The

Tickets: $100

Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the

$75 for members of any book club

Way We Read, Think and Remember. Carr has

Tax Receipt provided For a Portion of Ticket

recently released The Glass Cage: Automation

Special Event / Fundraiser / Awards

and Us.

•••

Nicholas Carr challenges: as we enjoy the

Calgary Reads’ signature fundraising
event presented with Wordfest.
An evening of delights for passionate
readers, book lovers and literacy
supporters: Author reading and
discussion, presentation of The
BOOKIE Awards , wine, exquisite
desserts, raffle, and Book Market
with literary gems and reading
paraphernalia!

Internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our
ability to read and think deeply? Carr is fervent
about the importance of reading to our brain

Sponsored by:

development and what he describes as the
unfortunate decline of the focused ‘linear mind’.

Presented by Calgary Reads and
Wordfest:

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Wordfest presents
Naomi Klein

This is a story about bad timing.

—Naomi Klein for The Guardian (U.K.), discussing themes from her new book.

Tuesday, October 21 • 6:30pm
Knox United Church, 506 4 St SW, Calgary

Tickets: $25
Special Event

•••

Naomi Klein is an award-winning
journalist, syndicated columnist and
author of the New York Times and
international bestseller The Shock
Doctrine and No Logo.

Naomi Klein is in the best tradition of I.F. Stone
and Upton Sinclair. She digs in where others
accept the surface.
—Studs Terkel, historian and author of Working

Photo by Ed Kashi

In This Changes Everything, Naomi
Klein argues that climate change is not
just another issue to be neatly filed
between taxes and health care; it is an
economic system that is already failing
us in many ways. Hosted by Andrew
Nikiforuk, author of The Energy of
Slaves. (90 minutes)

1 This Changes Everything builds
the case for how massively reducing our
greenhouse emissions is our best chance to
simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities,
re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild
our gutted local economies.

There wasn’t a lot to do in Calgary 30 years ago. On the weekend, groups
of people would “go out for cheesecake.” This actually happened, although I
think our forefathers are trying to forget this phase of our history.
– Bruce McCulloch on growing up in Calgary in SWERVE magazine

featured events

7 WHAT TO EXPECT: Main Stage events and
Festival highlights you won’t want to miss.

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Photo by Punch Photography

An Evening with
Emma Donoghue
TUESDAY, October 14 • 5:30pm
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

• ••
Emma Donoghue brings her prodigious
gift of lighting up forgotten corners of
history in this evening of conversations
and larger-than-life tales from Frog
Music—a crime story about freelove bohemians, desperate paupers,
arrogant millionaires, jealous men and
icy women. Hosted by Jennifer Keene.
Cash-bar reception at 5pm. (90 minutes)
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue is set in
the summer of 1876 when San Francisco
is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking
heatwave and a smallpox epidemic.

In thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music
digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved
crime. Full of songs that migrated
across the world, Emma Donoghue’s
lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among
lowlifes captures the pulse of a boom
town like no other.

1 Emma Donoghue is best known for her

Sponsored by the Calgary Herald.

Prizes.

Bruce McCulloch:
Let’s Start a Riot!
Tuesday, October 14 • 8pm
theatre junction grand - Flanagan Theatre

Tickets: $35
$27 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Comedian, writer, director and
legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce
McCulloch shares autobiographical
insights from his new book, Let’s Start a
Riot: How a Young Drunk Punk became
a Hollywood Dad. The evening features
uproarious stories, zany confessions and
an on-stage interview with host Shelley
Youngblut.

Peppered with moments of surprising
poignancy, McCulloch’s new book
proves that although this infamous Kid
may be all grown up, his singular brand
of humour and signature wit remain
firmly intact.
Let’s Start a Riot is McCulloch’s collection
of personal stories about his early days as a
“young punk” in 1980s Alberta to becoming a
“pajama-clad dad” in Hollywood. 3

novels of many genres, which range from the
historical to the contemporary, and have been
translated in over forty languages. Donoghue’s
international bestseller, Room, was a New York
Times Best Book of 2013 and was also a finalist
for the Man Booker, Commonwealth and Orange

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Photo by Quinn Dombrowski

Women in Clothes
WEDNESDAY, October 15
CLOTHING SWAP • 6pm
EVENT START • 7pm
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and friends of cjsw

•••
Bring up to five articles of clothing
to swap with fellow guests at this
interactive evening with authors Sheila
Heti and Leanne Shapton who present
Women in Clothes.
Drawing on conversations and ideas
from over six hundred contributors,
from mothers and athletes to artists and
critics, this brave book explores how
women present themselves through
clothes, and what style really means.

7 HOW DOES THE CLOTHING SWAP WORK?
Arrive by 6pm and bring a maximum of 5 clean
women’s clothing items in excellent condition
to participate in the swap. On the tags provided,
write a brief description of the background of
each garment and then affix the tags to your
items for guests to see. Then browse and select
from the racks of clothes contributed by others,
sharing in their unique stories and experiences
as “women in clothes.” Any leftover items will be
donated to a local women’s organization.

1 Sheila Heti recently published the novel
How Should a Person Be? which was named a
Best Book of the Year by The New York Times
Book Review, The New Yorker, Salon and other
places.

7 Leanne Shapton is a Canadian illustrator,
author and publisher based in New York City.
She is the co-founder of J&L Books, and a
former art director of Saturday Night Magazine
and The New York Times Op-Ed page.

A uniquely
kaleidoscopic and
spirited approach
to an irresistible
subject of universal
resonance.
—Booklist

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Veronica Roth
in conversation
with Tahereh Mafi
THURSDAY, October 16 • 7pm
KNOX UNITED CHURCH - 506 4 ST SW, CALGARY

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and friends of cjsw

•••
The neo-Gothic atmosphere of the
Knox sets the perfect stage for mapping
out the post-apocalyptic imaginings of
YA authors Veronica Roth and Tahereh
Mafi as they read and discuss themes
from their latest bestsellers.
Veronica Roth is the author of
Divergent, the #1 New York Times
bestselling novel that inspired the
blockbuster film by the same name. The
Divergent collection unspools gripping
tales of electrifying choices, powerful
consequences, unexpected romance and
a deeply flawed “perfect society.”
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi is the latest
installment in the bestselling Shatter
Me series—a dystopian novel with a
paranormal twist about a 17-year-old
girl with a poisonous touch, and a world
too busy crumbling apart to care.

One choice can
transform you.
One choice can
destroy you.
One choice will define
you.
—From Divergent, Insurgent and
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

1 Veronica Roth is author to a four story

1 Tahereh Mafi has traveled all over the

collection, each between fifty and seventy-five

world, acquiring varying levels of competency

pages long, which sets the stage for Divergent,

in eight different languages along the way. Her

and gives a glimpse into the history of the

books have been sold in 25+ territories to-date

character Tobias. A graduate of the creative

and her film rights have been optioned by

writing program at Northwestern University,

20th Century Fox. Currently, Mafi resides in Los

Roth is now a full-time writer, and lives near

Angeles, California.

Chicago.

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7 WHAT TO EXPECT: multidisciplinary events
and travelling acts from around the world.

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wordfest presents
c.r. avery at the
ironwood stage
Monday, october 13 • 9pm
Tuesday, october 14 • 9pm
Wednesday, october 15 • 9pm
ironwood stage & grill - 1229 9 ave se, calgary

Tickets: $20
special event / show price added to
dinner bill. (403) 269 5581 to make a
reservation (strongly recommended)

•••
Early in the Festival week, unwind with
a late dinner and performances by C.R.
Avery, with opening acts by different
Wordfest artists each night and
burlesque dancers as part of the show!
Avery has performed extensively
throughout North America and
Europe as a beat-box poet, punk
piano player and outlaw harmonica

player of hip-hop with his rock & roll
band the Boomchasers or fronting
the indescribable LegalTender String
Quartet.

CATCH THESE OPENING ACTS!

A musician and young writer
whose stylings are impossible to
pigeonhole, C.R. Avery is never afraid
to experiment. As CBC radio once
described the experience, “when he hits
the stage, look out!”

3 ERina Harris, on Tuesday, October 14,

7 Andrew Wedderburn & Lorrie

1 Ricardo Siri Liniers is a well-known

Matheson perform in a rock and roll group

and truly beloved Argentine cartoonist noted

from Calgary that plays hook-driven post-punk

in Latin America for his successful comic strip

(think Hüsker Dü with organ solos).

Macanudo. Liniers’ new collection Macanudo #1

3 Sheri-D Wilson, on Monday, October 13,
performs delectable samplings of spoken word.

presents verse from The Stag Head Spoke.

3 Sharanpal Ruprai, on Wednesday,
October 15, reads from her collection, Seva.

live illustration
with ricardo siri
liniers
thursday, October 16 • 9pm
FESTIVAL HALL - 1215 10 AVE se, CALGARY

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and friends of cjsw

•••
With an assortment of markers, brushes
and other drawing materials in hand,
Ricardo Liniers performs an illustrator’s
version of a high-wire act on the
Wordfest stage, drawing improvised
cartoons live in real-time to the
musical stylings of Andrew Wedderburn
& Lorrie Matheson.

appears in English at Wordfest.

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Poetry Cabaret
Friday, October 17 • 8pm
theatre junction grand - studio

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and friends of cjsw

•••
Featuring: Dennis Lee, Nikki Reimer,
Lisa Robertson and Natalie Simpson

1 Dennis Lee was Toronto’s first Poet
Laureate and is a recipient of the Order of
Canada..

Celebrated page poets and storytellers
from home and abroad use the stage as
the page, transforming their readings
into dramatically charged acts. Hosted
by derek beaulieu.
Sponsored by FFWD Weekly.

Literary
Death Match
friday, October 17 • 9pm
Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan Theatre

Photo by Monique de St. Croix

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Literary Death Match, co-created
by Adrian Todd Zuniga, marries the
literary and performative aspects of
Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of
American Idol’s judging (without any

meanness), and the ridiculousness and
hilarity of Double Dare. (120 minutes)
This competitive, humour-centric
reading series features a thrilling mix
of famous and emerging authors who
perform their most electric writing in
less than seven minutes before a panel
of all-star judges. Visit wordfest.com for
the full lineup.

Picture this, a group of writers—quiet, bookish,
solitary—duking it out in a fight to the death.
That’s the idea, kind of.
—Arun Rath, National Public Radioe

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Photo by John Londono

SEAN MICHAELS
SATURDAY, October 18 • 8pm
National Music Centre, 134 11 Avenue SE

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, strudents and friends of cjsw

•••
Wordfest and the National Music
Centre present Sean Michaels at this
electrifying night of ear-pleasing
performances and readings. (180
minutes)

1 Sean Michaels presents Us Conductors,
a beautiful, haunting, brilliant novel inspired by
the true life and loves of the Russian scientist,
inventor and spy Lev Termen—creator of the

The program includes a demonstration
of an electronic musical instrument
known as the theremin. The event
wraps up with late-night DJ music and a
cocktail celebration. Cash bar and light
snacks available.

Sunday, October 19 • 4pm
Theatre Junction GRAND - Studio

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
In partnership with Ryeberg.com,
Wordfest presents a “video show-andtell” curated by a selection of Festival
artists who each present an original
essay inspired by online videos. Visit
wordfest.com for the full lineup.
Founder and host Erik Rutherford
refers to his literary contributors as
“curators” because they deal with video
clips in much the same way a gallery
curator deals with works of art. Ryeberg
curators select from the vast, disordered
warehouses of video-sharing sites, then
interpret and present their videos in a
way that best serves their purposes.

In partnership with the
National Music Centre.

Wordfest 2013, photo by Monique de St. Croix

Ryeberg Live

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A “Ryeberg” is neither wholly video
nor wholly text. It’s the most modern
essay. In a sense, it’s a genre unto itself,
defined by its two indivisible, organic
parts: video & text.

1 “RYEBERG” was the maiden name of Erik
Rutherford’s Swedish grandmother. Her father

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WRITERS BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, October 14 • 12pm
FESTIVAL HALL - 1215 10 AVE se, CALGARY

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Featuring: Arun Lakra,
Mark Lavorato, Natalie Simpson and
Ian Williams.
Rediscover the joy of reading, to
escape and to be engaged, and learn
how writers approach the works they

read and write. Hosted by Jo Steffens,
Wordfest Executive Director. (60
minutes)

1 UNPACKING MY LIBRARY, a series edited
by Jo Steffens, provides an intimate look at the
personal libraries of some of the world’s leading

7 IAN Williams is the 2014-15 Calgary

thinkers, writers and artists. Volume three of

Distinguished Writer-in-Residence..

Unpacking My Library is forthcoming.

BURIED
Wednesday, October 15 • 12pm
FESTIVAL HALL - 1215 10 AVE se, CALGARY

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Ken Wylie presents Buried, about
the tragic avalanche released from
Tumbledown Mountain in 2003, which
resulted in the death of seven. Wylie
delves deep into the human factors
responsible for putting people in harm’s
way.

Empires
Wednesday, October 15 • 4pm
FESTIVAL HALL - 1215 10 AVE se, CALGARY

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Featuring: Musharraf Ali Farooqi and
Damon Galgut
Novelists take readers through the ruins
of violence, the endurance of love and
the imbalance of power at the heart of

empire depicted in their latest books.
(90 minutes)
In Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s latest novel,
Between Clay and Dust, an immense
catastrophe has laid waste to the
country of a once-famous wrestler,
Ustad Ramzi, and the courtesan Gohar
Jan. The country’s new inheritors and
rulers have no time for the old ways
and Ramzi and Jan face their greatest
challenge yet.
Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut is a
fictionalized account of novelist E.M.

Forster and his time spent writing
Passage to India and a stunningly vivid
evocation of the mysterious alchemy of
the creative process.

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French Voices
Thursday, October 16 • 11am
Centre français, Craigie Hall
University of Calgary Main Campus

free admission

•••
Kim Thúy est une écrivaine québécoise
d’origine vietnamienne. Elle discute son
dernier titre, Mãn, une histoire d’amour
entre une femme et celles qui l’ont, tour
à tour, fait naître, allaitée, élevée. Mãn
parle de l’amour à l’envers, celui qui doit
se taire, celui qui ne peut être vécu, celui
qui ne doit pas s’inscrire dans le temps
en souvenirs, en histoires. Présentés par
Eileen Lohka. (French Event)

Présenté en collaboration avec
le Centre Français.

Men in Love
thursday, October 16 • 12pm
Lincoln Park Room
Mount Royal University

free admission

•••
Featuring: Damon Galgut
and Christos Tsiolkas

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of the nature of friendship, sexuality and
the act of literary creation itself.
Barracuda is Christos Tsiolkas’ fifth
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Presented with Mount Royal University.

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Spanish Voices
Thursday, October 16 • 2pm
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library
University of Calgary Main Campus

free admission

•••
Featuring: Ricardo Siri Liniers
In Macanudo #1, Liniers uses crayon,
ink, and watercolor with incredible skill
to render an entire world that is poetic,
absurd, emotionally expressive, and full
of surprises. Followed by a reception.
Anything and everything about our
world can find its way into Macanudo,
rendered funny, beautiful, and
incredibly sympathetic through Liniers’s
particular filter.

Presented with the University of
Calgary’s Department of French, Italian
and Spanish.

1 RICARDO SIRI LINIERS is simply known
as Liniers to most, is an acclaimed and wellbeloved Argentine cartoonist whose work has
been compared to that of Charles Schultz and
Bill Watterson.

Readers choice
Thursday, October 16 • 12pm
FESTIVAL HALL - 1215 10 AVE se, CALGARY

tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Featuring: Kim Fu, Mark Lavorato,
Iman Verjee and Padma Viswanathan
A selection of Festival artists discuss
and read from their latest books—all
of which received rave reviews from
Wordfest’s dedicated team of Volunteer
Readers.
Wordfest’s Volunteer Reader Program
runs annually from January to June.
Volunteer reviewers help Wordfest
assess the dozens of books and
manuscripts considered each year for
inclusion in the Festival program.

7 Visit Wordfest.com for more
information about the Festival’s Volunteer
Reader Program, and stop by Eau Claire Market
to check out Wordfest’s Little Free Library!

Smooth, yet spicy, a
book you’ll have to
talk about.

—Billie Livingston, Wordfest 2012
alumna, on Kim Fu’s For Today I Am a
Boy

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Chris Turner is
the master of longform journalism in
Canada.

Chris Turner:
Reflections
on Our World
Thursday, October 16 •4pm
FESTIVAL HALL - 1215 10 AVE se, CALGARY

—Mark Kingwell, author of A Civil
Tongue

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
From The Simpsons to Cyberjaya, the
multimedia supercorridor of Malaysia;
from dotcom bubbles to the Great
Bear Rainforest, the challenges of
sustainability—ecological, economic,
and cultural—are met with a spirit of
innovation.

1 Chris Turner is the recipient of the 2014
Freedom to Read Award, presented by The
Writers’ Union of Canada.

FOOD & Culture
Friday, October 17 • 12pm
theatre junction grand - studio

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and friends of cjsw

•••
Featuring: Michele Genest
and Kim Thúy
In A Boreal Feast, Michele Genest takes
the reader on a journey to Norway,
Finland and Sweden to discover what
other northern peoples do with the
same wild ingredients that live and grow
in the North American boreal forest.

1 Michele Genest is the Whitehorse-based
author of The Boreal Gourmet. Genest is also a
cooking columnist for The Boreal Chef in Yukon,
North of Ordinary Magazine.

Part travelogue, Genest’s book includes
stories of hunting for cloudberries
on the Dempster Highway, throwing
a birthday party on the Kaskawulsh
Glacier, and harvesting trumpet
chanterelles in Nordland.
Kim Thúy has worked as farmer,
seamstress, restaurant owner and lawyer
before devoting herself completely to
writing in her Montreal home. She
presents Mãn, about a woman with
immense culinary talent.
Sponsored by Avenue magazine.

A feast celebrates and strengthens our
connection to each other and to the place we live.
—Michele Genest

storylines

7 WHAT TO EXPECT: explorations of a variety
of topics through themed panels and readings.

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Writers
and Mixtapes:
PechaKucha Style

on the role of music in their creative
practice. Hosted by Andrew
Wedderburn

Tuesday, October 14 • 4pm
FESTIVAL HALL - 1215 10 AVE se, CALGARY

tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Featuring: Jonathan Auxier,
Andrew Kaufman, Mark Lavorato,
Sean Michaels, and Samantha Warwick.
Inspired by the classic PechaKucha
Night format devised in Tokyo more
than a decade ago, Wordfest hosts a
lively gathering of Festival artists who
give short, multimedia presentations

Sean Michaels
orchestrates his first
novel like a virtuoso.
—Anthony Marra, Wordfest 2013
alumnus
Sponsored by SWERVE.

Future Imperfect
Friday, October 17 • 5pm
Theatre Junction GRAND - Studio

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Featuring: Emily St. John Mandel and
Adam Sternbergh
Bold writers from Brooklyn present
new novels that imagine what the world
would be like after an earth-shattering
event and how the human race would
survive it (or not).
In Station Eleven by Emily St. John
Mandel, one snowy night a famous
Hollywood actor slumps over and dies
onstage during a production of King
Lear. Hours later, civilization and the
world as we know it begins to collapse.

In Shovel Ready, Adam Sternbergh
imagines a futuristic scenario in which
a terrorist attack transforms a once
polished and touristy New York City

into a dystopian wasteland depicted
as crime-ridden, derelict and not
somewhere you’d take the children for
a vacation.

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The Philosopher,
Poet and Chief
Friday, October 17 • 5:30pm
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library
University of Calgary Main Campus

free admission

•••
Featuring: Karyn L. Freedman,
Edmund Metatawabin, Iman Verjee
and Sheri-D Wilson

Presented with the University of Calgary.

Four distinct writers draw on their
respective backgrounds in philosophy,
poetry and aboriginal leadership as
they discuss the themes of trauma and
recovery that underpin each of their
books.
One Hour in Paris is philosopher
Karyn L. Freedman’s powerful memoir
revisiting a Paris night in 1990 when

New Gothic
Friday, October 17 • 6pm
Theatre Junction GRAND - Studio

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Featuring: Jonathan Auxier
and Jacqueline Baker
Authors present new books that test the
limits of reason itself through pleasingly
terrifying tales of ghostly apparitions,
haunted houses and spine-chilling
encounters.
The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker
opens with the arrival of Arthur
Crandle, hired to assist horror writer
H.P. Lovecraft who lives in a creaky old
house, is deathly ill and on the edge of
a nervous breakdown. Crandle is soon

pulled deep into the strange world of
H.P. Lovecraft as he unravels the dark
secret at its heart.
In The Night Gardener, Auxier’s
narrative is set in the Victorian Age, the
great age of Gothic thrillers, in which an
English manor house and its servants
are not what they seem. Two abandoned
Irish siblings who join the staff, still in
their adolescence, are soon confronted
with an ancient curse which threatens
their lives.

Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener is
written in the style of Washington Irving and
Edgar Allan Poe. Auxier is also presenting to
youth as part of First Calgary Financial Book
Rapport (see p. 48 for more details). 3

she was twenty-two and, in one violent
hour, her life was changed forever by a
brutal rape.
Up Ghost River: A Chief ’s Journey
Through the Turbulent Waters of Native
History by Edmund Metatawabin is raw
yet eloquent memoir from a residential
school survivor and former First
Nations Chief.
In Between Dreams by Iman Verjee is
an emotionally explosive novel about a
young girl entering adulthood under the
smoky weight of a terrible family secret;
of a life stolen and rediscovered and the
fluid, easily traversed boundary between
perversity and normality.
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence
Against Women by poet Sheri-D Wilson
is an evocative book that binds the
ancient past with the distant future—by
reclaiming the present.

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Darkness Visible
Friday, October 17 • 7pm
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Featuring: Alison Pick, Miriam Toews
and Padma Viswanathan
Three Canadian authors render visible
the shadows of emotional turmoil as
they discuss the writing process and
read from their beautifully rendered
books that feature narratives of love,
loss, sisters, identity and faith.
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
gives us a startling demonstration of
how to carry on with hope and love and
the business of living even when grief
loads the heart.

Between Gods is the memoir of Alison
Pick, who slowly but doggedly began
to research and uncover her Jewish
heritage while struggling with a
crippling depression.
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma
Viswanathan is a stunning new work
set in post-9/11 Canada, about the
unexpected reverberations of the 1985
Air India bombing tragedy in the lives
of its survivors.

The Ever After of Ashwin Rao is an intrepid
novel, its sadness leavened by a wry humour.
—David Bezmozgis, Wordfest 2011 alumnus

Gals
and Good Times
Saturday, October 18
Coffee Reception • 9:30am
Event Start • 10am
Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan Theatre

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and friends of cjsw

•••
Featuring: Caroline Adderson,
Elyse Friedman, Kim Fu, Ann-Marie
MacDonald, Heather O’Neill, Carrie
Snyder and host Marina Endicott
Unforgettable storytellers start off the
day with love and laughter as they delve
into the turmoils, quirks and impulses
of the characters in their books. Coffee
served before the event.
Sponsored by an anonymous donor.

7 Ellen in Pieces by Caroline Adderson
is a witty, genre-bending novel about a single
mother who navigates middle age.

7 The Answer to Everything by Elyse
Friedman is a cynical, hilarious yet deeply
moving portrait of an upstart cult gone wrong.

7 For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu is a
stunning coming-of-age tale about a woman in
the body of a Chinese-Canadian man.

7 Adult Onset by Ann-Marie Macdonald,
see events on p. 40 and 54 for book details.

7 The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by
Heather O’Neill is the story of gorgeous twins
who are hopelessly promiscuous and wildly
funny.

7 Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder is part
historical page-turner, part contemporary
mystery about a woman olympian who now, at
age 104, lives in a nursing home.

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Murder They Wrote
Saturday, October 18 • 12:30pm
Theatre Junction GRAND - Studio

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Mystery writers do their own detective
work as they investigate the dark
atmosphere of their writing, the hidden
motives of suspicious characters and the
trail of clues that produce unexpected
twists.
Michael Robotham’s first novel The Suspect,
a psychological thriller, has been translated into
twenty-two languages. His other novels include
Lost, The Night Ferry, Shatter, The Wreckage, Say

1 A Lovely Way to Burn is Louise Welsh’s

You’re Sorry and Watching You. At Wordfest, the

sixth novel following the success of The Cutting

author presents Life or Death. 3

Room, Tamburlaine Must Die, The Bullet Trick,
Naming the Bones and Girl on the Stairs.

Blokes and Brawls

7 Leaving Tomorrow by David Bergen is

Saturday, October 18 • 5pm

hometown in Alberta for Paris and confronts the

Theatre Junction GRAND - Studio

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

the story of a young Arthur who leaves his small
push and pull of both home and love.

7 Between Clay and Dust by Musharraf
Ali Farooqi is a poignant exploration of love,

•••

honour, redemption, and the strength to go on

Featuring: David Bergen, Musharraf
Ali Farooqi, Fred Stenson, Matthew
Thomas and Richard Wagamese

7 Who By Fire by Fred Stenson is set on a

Literary gents reveal hearty themes
from books about our sometimesprecarious search for the good life.

7 We Are Not Ourselves is Matthew

when all is lost.

southern Alberta farm in the early 1960s just as
a sour gas plant changes everything.

Thomas’ debut novel about an Irish-American
family living in Queens.

7 Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese,
the celebrated author of Indian Horse, is a
stunning new novel that has all the timeless
qualities of a classic, as it tells the universal

1 RICHARD WAGAMESE appears with the

story of a father/son struggle set in the dramatic

support of glasswaters foundation.

landscape of the BC Interior.

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Governor
General’s
Literary Awards
Celebration
Saturday, October 18 • 8:30pm
Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan Theatre

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

Writing About War
Sunday, October 19 • 10:30am

•••
Featuring: Christiane Duchesne,
Genevieve Côté, Kate Pullinger, Kenneth
Oppel, Miriam Toews and Kim Thúy
In partnership with the Canada Council
for the Arts, Wordfest is celebrating
the 2014 Governor General’s Literary
Awards (GGs) by featuring a selection
of Festival artists who are current
recipients of one or more GGs.

Hosted by Paul Kennett, the event
features short interviews, recorded
live by CJSW and Wordfest as part of
its annual GG Podcast. New episodes
of the podcast are released each
November to coincide with the exciting
announcement of the GG Finalists.
(120 Minutes, with intermission)

Sympathy
for the Devil

Theatre Junction GRAND - Studio

Sunday, October 19 • 12pm

Tickets: $15

Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan Theatre

$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

Tickets: $15

•••

$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

Featuring: Johanna Skibsrud
and Kim Thúy

•••

How can war, a phenomenon of
destruction, give rise to literature, an
act of creation? Two novelists discuss
and read from new novels whose main
characters find their destinies deeply
shaped by global conflict.

Taking queues from the notorious hit
song from the legendary Rolling Stones,
this event examines the phenomenon
of the “psycho-killer” in popular culture
and why sociopaths or psychopaths
are depicted in TV shows, movies and
books as thoughtful and “loveable”
characters.

Quartet for the End of Time by Johanna
Skibsrud takes place in 1932 when
America is roiling with unrest and
World War One veterans, embittered by
the Great Depression.
In Mãn, Kim Thúy’s highly anticipated
second novel, Mãn has three mothers:
the one who gave birth to her, the
nun who took her in, and her beloved
Maman, whose life was irrevocably
upended by war.

Featuring: Adam Sternbergh

In Shovel Ready, Adam Sternbergh’s
propulsive and wholly original debut,
we meet Spademan, a one-of-a-kind
antihero in a futuristic New York
depicted as a crime-ridden, derelict
wasteland. A former garbageman and
devoted husband, Spademan’s now
alone, working as a hit man.

Come and browse in our lovely
bookstore in Calgary’s revitalized
Beltline District. You just might
find the book you’re looking for,
but you’ll also find surprises on
our shelves: books that you haven’t
seen anywhere else.
Shelf Life Books is a store for avid
readers and the unusually bookish,
for browsers and meanderers, for
independent minds and spirits.

1302 4th Street SW Calgary
403-265-1033
www.shelflifebooks.ca

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Drawing Them In
Sunday, October 19 • 12:30pm
Theatre Junction GRAND - Studio

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

• ••
Featuring: Michael Cho
and Meags Fitzgerald
Over the past decade, the graphic novel
has become one of the fastest-growing
categories in the book world. Two
Wordfest artists lay bare the incredible
scope of this surprising, witty and
insightful literary form.

1 Meags Fitzgerald is an interdisciplinary

1 Michael Cho presents his debut graphic

artist and storyteller whose talents include

novel, Shoplifter, about Corinna Park, an English

illustrating, designing, writing and performing.

literature graduate who imagined writing a

She presents her debut graphic novel,

successful novel and leading the idealized life of

Photobooth: A Biography.

an author.

Books and
Afternoon Tea
Sunday, October 19 • 2pm
theatre junction grand - Flanagan Theatre

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

• ••
Featuring: David Bergen,
Anne Kennedy, Eimear McBride,
Kate Pullinger, Matthew Thomas and
Kathleen Winter
After a bustling Festival week, unwind
with a selection of new books as hot as
the beverages on offer at this afternoon
gathering of Festival authors who
discuss and read from their latest work.

A virtuosic debut.

—Eleanor Catton, Wordfest 2010 and
2013 alumna, on McBride’s A Girl is a
Half-Formed Thing.

BACK STORIES

7 WHAT TO EXPECT: explorations of a variety
of topics through themed panels and readings.

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The Social Life
of Ink
Tuesday, October 14 • 5pm
Event Centre, 906 8 Avenue
University of Calgary Downtown Campus

free admission

•••

Ted Bishop has made a career of
investigating original texts, poring over
stains on paper made by some of the
greatest minds in literature. But what of
the ink itself?
Part travelogue, part memoir of
personal discovery, The Social Life of
Ink by Ted Bishop asks us to look more
closely at something we see so often that
we don’t see it at all.

Presented with the University of Calgary.

Wordfest
and Writers’ Guild
of Alberta present
Rudy Wiebe
Tuesday, October 14 •7pm
Shelf Life Books
1302 - 4th Street SW

Tickets: $10 at the door
(Cash Only)
$8.50 seniors, students and friends of CJSW
Free Admission for WGA Members

•••
With birthday cake in hand, Wordfest
and the Writer’s Guild of Alberta
pay tribute to Rudy Wiebe, Alberta’s

foremost writer of his generation.
Wiebe reads from his new book Come
Back and discusses the writing life with
Aritha van Herk—accomplished writer,
critic, professor and former student of
Wiebe.
In Come Back by Rudy Wiebe, a retired
professor is mourning the sudden
death of his loving wife and struggling
to understand the meaning behind an
unmistakable sighting of his beloved
oldest son believed to have killed
himself 25 years ago.
Portrayed with a stunning immediacy,
Come Back draws us into a powerful
emotional and spiritual journey.

In partnership with the
Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

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The savory muffins are so delicious, I can’t even handle it.
Gluten-intolerant? According to Stephanie, the carrot cake
muffins are also to die for. This café is locally owned &
environmentally conscious. In fact, they were among the first
in Calgary to acquire LEAF certification. Their ginger hot
chocolate is probably the best hot chocolate in town.
Their coffee is organic and fair trade.The atmosphere bolsters
some serious creativity and productivity – I think I’ve written
at least half a dozen blog posts in this cozy café (the lack of
wi-fi might have something to do with it, or maybe it’s just the
atmosphere of sustainable goodness).
Progressive conversations are had here. I’ve heard talk of
provincial parks, bike routes, gardens and renewable energy,
to name a few topics (yes, sometimes I still manage to get
distracted while writing blog posts. But in my defense, my
ears naturally perk up when conversations breach the topic
of sustainability).
Familiar faces are always around to say hello and brighten
your day. The last time I was in line for a quick coffee en route
to work, I bumped into Blaine from PEL Recycling. After a
pleasant conversation (and a savory muffin) my day, which
hadn’t started out so great, was instantly better.

1613 9th Street SW (juSt off 17th Avenue)

Their bulletin board is covered with information about super
cool events happening all around town (they like to support
the local arts scene). If you’re ever wondering what to get up
to in the evening, or on the weekend, just make a pit-stop at
Beano and peruse the array of posters that overwhelm the
bulletin board.

Tim
Winton

Dennis
Lee

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Wednesday, October 15 • 8pm
FESTIVAL HALL - 1215 10 AVE se, CALGARY

Tickets: $15
$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and
novelist Héctor Tobar presents Deep
Down Dark, the riveting story of the 33
men who spent 69 days trapped more
than 2,000 feet underground in Chile’s
San José Mine in 2010.

personal experiences during the 17 days
they were without outside contact, he
drama above ground with the families
living near the mine in their makeshift
“Camp Esperanza,” and the global
celebrity following their release.

Photo by Doug Knutson

One-on-one with
Héctor Tobar

Héctor Tobar has worked as a journalist
for the Los Angeles Times for nearly
twenty years and shared a Pulitzer
Prize for the paper’s coverage of the
1992 riots. Tobar currently writes a
weekly column for the paper. His other
books include Translation Nation,
The Tattooed Soldier and Barbarian
Nurseries.

Having obtained exclusive access to
the miners and their families, Tobar
compassionately recounts the miners’

White Noise Talks:
Technocreep

7 Technocreep by Thomas Keenan is the

Thursday, October 16 • 7pm

governments, corporations, and the person next

Theatre Junction GRAND - Studio

door..

Tickets: $15

7 New Tab by Guillaume Morissette spans

$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

a year in the life of a twenty-six year old

•••

videogame designer as he attempts to reset

Featuring: Michael Cho,
Thomas Keenan, Guillaume Morissette
and Nikki Reimer

1 MICHAEL CHO is a cartoonist, writer and
illustrator who designed the book jacket of
this Don DeLillo cover for Penguin Classics. At
Wordfest he presents Shoplifter and Back Alleys
and Urban Landscapes.

Wordfest’s first installment in the White
Noise Talks series makes its debut at
the Festival with a carefully balanced
gathering of writers, artists and thinkers
prepared to roll up their sleeves and
“overshare” with wit and style on topics
ranging from Internet privacy to postmillenial angst. Hosted by Matt Knapik.

definitive dissection of privacy-eroding and
life-invading technologies, coming at you from

his life, in the process chronicling with humour
disillusion, boredom, self-destruction, Facebook
chats, Concordia University, bilingualism, good
parties, bad parties, a backyard cinema, social
anxiety and running a possibly illegal DIY venue.

7 DOWNVERSE by Calgary artist Nikki Reimer
soothes the oversaturated reader. A natural
translator, Reimer writes for anyone who has
felt overwhelmed by the phrase “never read the
comments.”

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Decomposure with
Caitlin Doughty
thursday, October 16 • 8pm
Glenbow - ConocoPhillips Theatre

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Death is sanitized and hidden in
contemporary culture to the point of
becoming a taboo subject. In the spirit
of the 18th-century salon, author Caitlin
Doughty opens up the conversation
about death and its anthropological,
historical, and artistic contributions to
culture. Hosted by Sarah Kerr.
Caitlin Doughty is a Los Angelesbased mortician, death theorist, and
the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes:
And Other Lessons from the Crematory.

Thrown into a profession of gallows
humor and vivid characters (both living
and very dead), Doughty learned to
navigate the secretive culture of those
who care for the deceased. Doughty’s
webseries “Ask a Mortician” has led to
features on National Public Radio, BBC,
the Huffington Post, Vice, the LA Times,

Jezebel.com, Forbes, Bust Magazine and
Salon.
Doughty is also founder of The Order
of the Good Death, a group of funeral
industry professionals, academics,
and artists exploring ways to prepare a
death phobic culture for their inevitable
mortality.

Rencontre à
l’Alliance Avec
Nancy Huston
Vendredi, le 17 octobre • 19h
alliance francaise de clagary
108, 240-4th ave sw

billets: $15

•••
Nancy Huston, née le 16 septembre
1953 à Calgary en Alberta au Canada,
est une écrivaine franco-canadienne,
d’expression anglaise et française, vivant
à Paris en France depuis les années
1970. (French Event)

1 Nancy Huston presents in English
on Saturday, October 18, 11:30am at Theatre
Junction GRAND.

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One-on-one with
Nancy Huston
Saturday, October 18 • 11:30am
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Nancy Huston presents Black Dance—a
swirling novel packed with humour and
pathos, from an exceptional and rare
literary voice.
The author of over 20 books, more
than half written in French, Nancy
Huston crosses oceans and languages
as a Calgary-born novelist and essayist
who studied under Roland Barthes
and launched her career in France. She
published her first novel, The Goldberg
Variations, in 1981.

In 1993, Plainsong won the Governer
General’s award for best Frenchlanguage novel in Canada, although
first written in English and translated
by the author. She won awards for Slow
Emergencies and Sweet Agony in her
adopted country.
Narrated by Milos, a dying screenwriter
whose imagination is in full flight as
his partner coaxes out his life story,
Black Dance pulls together voices from
Milos’ past and present into a masterful
story that becomes the couple’s final
screenplay.
Sponsored by Penguin Canada.

One-on-one with
Michael Crummey
Saturday, October 18 • 1pm
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Michael Crummey presents Sweetland,
an epic tale of an endangered
Newfoundland community and the
struggles of one man determined to
resist its extinction.

I wanted to celebrate what humans will do to
survive in the face of ridiculous odds.
—Michael Crummey on Sweetland

Evoking The Shipping News, Michael
Crummey—one of Canada’s finest
novelists—conjures up the mythical,
sublime world of Sweetland’s past amid
a storm-battered landscape haunted by
local lore.
Born in Buchans, Newfoundland,
Michael Crummey is a poet and author
of short stories and novels including the
collections Under the Keel and Galore,
which won the Commonwealth Prize
for Canada.
Sponsored by
DoubledayCanada.

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One-on-one with
Christos Tsiolkas
Saturday, October 18 • 2:30pm
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
In conversation with Samantha
Warwick, Christos Tsiolkas presents
Barracuda, the story of a talented
young swimmer with a working-class
upbringing, cutting between the boy’s
life and that of the adult man many

years later, still angry at the world but
more comfortable in his skin and with
himself and his sexuality.
Tsiolkas is the author of several novels
including Loaded, which was made into
the feature film Head On and The Slap,
which won the Commonwealth Writers’
Prize, the Australian Literature Society
Gold Medal and the Vance Palmer Prize
for Fiction, and was long-listed for
the Man Booker Prize. In addition to
novels, Tsiolkas is a playwright, essayist
and screenwriter.

Masterful, addictive, clear-eyed storytelling
about the real business of life: winning
and losing.
—Viv Groskop on Barracuda

One-on-one with
Thomas King
Saturday, October 18 • 4pm
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Thomas King is an award-winning
novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter
and photographer. His acclaimed,
bestselling fiction includes Medicine
River, Truth and Bright Water and A

Sponsored by glasswaters
foundation.

Short History of Indians in Canada. At
Wordfest, King presents The Back of the
Turtle, his first literary novel in fifteen
years, following the success of The
Inconvenient Indian.
In addition to its many award
distinctions, Green Grass, Running
Water was named on Quill & Quire’s
Best Canadian Fiction of the Century
list. A member of the Order of Canada
and the recipient of an award from the
National Aboriginal Foundation, King is
a professor of English at the University
of Guelph, Ontario.

The truth about
stories is, that’s all
we are.
—Thomas King

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One-on-one with
KAthleen Winter
Saturday, October 18 • 5:30pm
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Kathleen Winter appears in an onstage
interview and reads from her two new
books: The Freedom in American Songs,
a collection of short stories, and her
memoir, Boundless: Chasing Land and
Dream in a New Northwest Passage.
Kathleen Winter is the author of the
international bestseller, Annabel, which
was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller
Prize, the Governor General’s Literary
Award and CBC’s Canada Reads.

Saturday, October 18 • 6pm
Glenbow - ConocoPhillips Theatre

Tickets: $15

to righting the wrongs of the past, and
educating Native youth in traditional
knowledge.
The event is presented in partnership
with Glenbow, and coincides with the
museum’s new exhibit, Where are The
Children: Healing the Legacy of the
Residential Schools.

Photo by Kathryn Hollinrake

Glenbow and
Wordfest Present
Edmund
Metatawabin

Sponsored by CBC Calgary.

$13 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Edmund Metatawabin engages in a
conversation about the dark legacy
of the Residential School system, and
reads from his new book, Up Ghost
River: A Chief`s Journey Through the
Turbulent Waters of Native History.
Metatawabin, former Chief of Fort
Albany First Nation, is a Cree writer,
educator and activist. A residential
school survivor, he has devoted himself

A shocking, sadly revealing Canadian story.
—Rudy Wiebe, Wordfest 2014 artist, on Up Ghost River

Photo by Kristinn Ingvarsson

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One-on-one with
Sjón
Saturday, October 18 • 7pm
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

Tickets: $25
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Sjón’s artistic practice and body of work
crosses a vast landscape—from poetry,
novels and plays to librettos, lyrics for
Björk, visual art and picture books for
children.
Sjón presents his latest novel
Mánasteinn – drengurinn sem aldrei
var til (Moonstone – The Boy Who
Never Was) which has won every
literature prize there is in Iceland.

(Visions), was published at the tender
age of 15. Since then, he has released
numerous poetry collections and seven
novels, which have been translated
into 30 languages. Sjón has frequently
worked with Björk, leading to an Oscar
nomination for the lyrics in the Lars von
Trier movie Dancer in the Dark.

An extraordinary,
powerful fable—a
marvel.

—Alberto Manguel, Wordfest 2006
alumnus, on The Whispering Muse

Sjón was born in Reykjavik, Iceland,
and his first poetry collection, Sýnir

One-on-one with
Tim Winton
Sunday, October 19 • 6:30pm
theatre junction grand - flanagan theatre

Tickets: $15
$13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW

•••
Internationally renowned Australian
writer Tim Winton presents Eyrie,
a novel offering a clear-eyed yet
compassionate depiction of the struggle
to do the right thing in an impossibly
compromised world.
In Eyrie, Tom Keely was once an
ambitious environmentalist, but now
finds himself broke, embroiled in
scandal, and struggling to piece together
some semblance of a life. As Keely
slips into a nightmarish world of con

artists, drug dealers, petty violence, and
extortion, Winton confronts the cost
of benevolence in this literary novel
longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin
Literary Award.
Tim Winton is one of Australia’s most
decorated and beloved literary novelists.
He has written 25 books for adults
and children, including The Riders,
Shallows, Dirt Music, Breath and An
Open Swimmer, many of which are
bestsellers.
Winton has won the Miles Franklin
Award for Best Australian Novel four
times, and has twice been a finalist for
the Booker Prize.

7 WHAT TO EXPECT: Wordfest artists who

workshops

offer inspiration, instruction and an in-depth
look at the craft of storytelling.

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Writing
Non-Fiction with
Ted Bishop

Hugh Brewster On
Getting Published

Tuesday, October 14 • 2pm

Loft 112 at 535 8 Avenue SE

Loft 112 at 535 8 Avenue SE

Tickets: $25

Tickets: $25

Special Event / Workshop

Special Event / Workshop

•••

Wednesday, October 15 • 5:30pm

•••
Ted Bishop delivers an accessible
workshop geared for fans of non-fiction
who are curious about the genre from a
writers perspective.

1 Ted Bishop’s first book , Riding with Rilke,

Writing
for Film and
Television with
Elyse Friedman

of more creators. Open to all levels,
this workshop analyzes the anatomy
of storytelling through film, compares
narrative strategies across media and
genres, and discusses some common
pitfalls to avoid.

THURSDAY, October 16 • 2pm
Loft 112 at 535 8 Avenue SE

Tickets: $25

was a Canadian bestseller and was short-listed
for the Governor General’s Literary Award for

Photo by Mark Lyall

non-fiction.

Elyse Friedman has had two feature films
produced and has two more, The Relationship
Experiment and A Bright Tragic Thing, in

Special Event / Workshop

development. At Wordfest, she presents her

•••

most recent book, The Answer to Everything.

With today’s technology, the ability to
move a story from print to the big or
small screen is now within the reach

This workshop demystifies the
publishing process for creators at
all levels. If you’ve ever dreamed of
becoming a published author, this event
is for you!

Her fiction has won a Gold National Magazine
Award, and has been short-listed for both the
Trillium Book award and the Toronto Book
Award. 3

Writing
Roundtable with
Kathleen Winter
Friday, October 17 • 2pm
Loft 112 at 535 8 Avenue SE

Tickets: $35
Special Event / Workshop

•••

Kathleen Winter guides a small group
discussion focusing on the challenges
and rewards of working with an editor
over several drafts. Participants are
encouraged to share their experiences
and bring questions or thoughts of their
own to the discussion.

Point of view is
everything.
—Kathleen Winter

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Photo by Philip Klaunzer

Writing
Mystery with
Michael Robotham
Friday, October 17 • 4pm
Loft 112 at 535 8 Avenue SE

Tickets: $25
Special Event / Workshop

•••

through fun, interactive exercises and
engaging discussions.
Michael Robotham’s first novel The
Suspect, a psychological thriller, has
been translated into twenty-two
languages. Robotham’s other novels
include Lost, The Night Ferry, Shatter,
The Wreckage, Say You’re Sorry and
Watching You. At Wordfest, the author
presents Life or Death.

Learn more about the art of building
tension and suspense in mystery writing

Master Class with
Michael Cho
Saturday, October 18 • 11Am
Loft 112 at 535 8 Avenue SE

Tickets: $25
Special Event / Workshop

•••
This intensive workshop for the literary
and visually inclined includes hands on
sketching exercises, discussion and tips
from illustrator and cartoonist Michael
Cho, followed by a guided Alley Walk
with Rollin Stanley in Inglewood.

Illustrating
for books with
Scott Chantler
Saturday, October 18 • 1pm
Loft 112 at 535 8 Avenue SE

Tickets: $25
Special Event / Workshop

• ••
“Cartoonists are writers who ‘write’
with pictures,” says Scott Chantler. Bring
your favourite writing and drawing
instruments to this workshop, and learn

Michael Cho is author to Back Alleys
and Urban Landscapes, a collection
of sketches which depict Toronto’s
cityscape while capturing its urban
beauty. At Wordfest, he presents his
more about the theory behind visual
storytelling.
Chantler was a pioneer in the
webcomics scene before publishing
his first graphic novel, Days Like This,
with writer J. Torres. The novel was
nominated by the American Library
Association as one of its “Best Books
for Teens” in 2004. At Wordfest, he
presents Pirates of Silver Coast.

debut graphic novel, Shoplifter, about
an English literature graduate and her
search to find happiness and selffulfilment.

wordfest youth
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1 WORDFEST EVENTS
FOR YOUTH

Wordfest presents world-renowned writers,
illustrators, poets and performers each year for
the enjoyment of children, teens, parents and
educators in Calgary and the Bow Valley.
Thanks to generous support from our sponsors,
these events are heavily subsidized to improve
access and affordability for families and schools.

First Calgary Financial Book Rapport

is a popular youth and education
program of events at Wordfest featuring
writers and illustrators for children.
First Calgary Financial Book Rapport
offers something for just about every
age and every interest, bringing readers
and writers together for entertainment,
discussion and pure inspiration.

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Kenneth Oppel
Explores The
Boundless
Wednesday, October 15 • 10am

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel is a
thrilling adventure story about the most
glamorous locomotive in the world.
Sponsored by Talisman Energy.

GLENBOW MUSEUM - CONCOCOPHILLIPS THEATRE

Tickets: SOLD OUT

•••

Genevieve Coté
and Ruth Ohi
(gr.k-2)

Hugh Brewster and
Kenneth Oppel
(gr.4-8)

yvan demuy
et christiane
duchesne (gr.3-6)

Wednesday, October 15 • 12:30Pm

Wednesday, October 15 • 12:30pm

Calgary Public Library - John Dutton Theatre

glenbow museum - concocophillips theatre

Tickets: $10 / $8 Advance

Tickets: $10 / $8 Advance

•••

•••

Storytelling and history collide as these
writers share secrets and discoveries
from their books filled with memories
from Canada’s past.

Deux auteurs passionnés présentent les
derniers titres de leurs séries pour les
jeunes. L’humour est à l’ordre du jour.
(French Event).

Wednesday, October 15 • 10am
Calgary Public Library - John Dutton Theatre

Tickets: $10 / $8 Advance

•••
Yougnsters, their parents and fans
of storytelling for young minds are
invited to join two beloved authors
and illustrators as they bring their fun,
creature-filled children’s books to life.

anna dewdney and
marianne dubuc
(gr.k-2)
thursday, October 16 • 10Am
calgary public library - john dutton thatre

Tickets: $10 / $8 Advance

•••

Authors and illustrators share stories
from their newest, beautifully illustrated
picture books in the family event for
young children.

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1 Offcial TRADING CARDS are available at
all First Calgary Financial Book Rapport events!
Come to each event throughout the week, and

Dan Bar-El and
Ricardo Siri Liniers
(gr.1-3)

caroline adderson
and rachelle
delaney (gr.4-6)

thursday, October 16 • 10am

thursday, October 16 • 12:30pm

glenbow museum - concocophillips theatre

Calgary Public Library - John Dutton Theatre

Tickets: $10 / $8 Advance

Tickets: $10 / $8 Advance

•••

•••

Join comic superstar from Argentina,
known to many as Liniers, and
children’s author, Dan Bar-el, as they
show how the extraordinary can
sometimes be disguised as ordinary.

Meet the authors of two humorously
endearing middle grade books.

Jonathan Auxier
and Scott
Chantler
(gr.5-9)

Graphic artist Scott Chantler and
author Jonathan Auxier share the stage
as they disclose secrets behind their
enthralling, imaginative reads.

start collecting!

fabian gregoire
et christiane
duchesne (Gr.5-8)
thursday, October 16 • 12:30pm
glenbow museum - concocophillips theatre

Tickets: $10 / $8 Advance

•••
Rencontrez deux auteurs et découvrez
l’inspiration derrière leurs livres.
(French Event)

Friday, October 17 • 10am
Calgary Public Library - John Dutton Theatre

Tickets: $10 / $8 Advance

•••

Meet the Authors
All events take place on Wednesday, October 15th
at the Calgary Public Library in the John Dutton Theatre

10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.

Ruth
Ohi

12:30 p.m.—2:15 p.m.

10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.

Geneviève
Côté
ScholasticCda

Personal Banking

Hugh
Brewster
ScholasticCanada

www.scholastic.ca

Business Banking

Investing

Borrowing

Community

First Calgary Financial

Book Rapport Program
bringing students and authors
together for over ten years.

403.520.8000

firstcalgary.com

td family literacy series
1 WHAT TO EXPECT: interactive and creative
events that encourage imagination for children
and their families.

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Wordfest presents
Dennis Lee:
TD FAMILY LITERACY
CELEBRATION
Friday, October 17 • 5:30pm
Calgary Public Library - John Dutton Theatre

free admission

•••
Join in the fun at this Family Literacy
Celebration featuring beloved Dennis
Lee.

Belly, Bubblegum Delicious and The Ice
Cream Store.
Deemed “Canada’s Father Goose,” Lee
presents the special 40th anniversary
edition of Alligator Pie. In this edition,
Lee’s classic poem has been paired with
striking artwork by Sandy Nichols,
recent winner of the nationwide
competition to find the perfect
illustrator for Lee’s iconic words.
Presented by TD.

Dennis Lee’s timeless children’s
collections, which are read around the
world, include Garbage Delight, Jelly

TD Family Literacy
Series!
Saturday, October 18 and
Sunday, October 19
VIsit Wordfest.com for venues and times

free admission

•••
The TD Family Literary Series provides
families with fun, interactive events that
highlight ways to introduce a love of
reading with opportunities for parents
and care givers to encourage and enjoy
reading as a shared experience.
TD Family Literacy Celebration:

Featuring beloved author of Alligator
Pie, Dennis Lee:
TD Family Literacy Storytime:

Featuring interactive, literacy-based
activities with illustrator and writer
Ruth Ohi.
TD Family Literacy Circle:

Stories, games, activites and fun.

Watch for more information about the
TD Family Literacy Series on
wordfest.com!

Four prolific Canadian children’s
authors in three varied formats for
young families!

Presented by TD.

art-lovers!

Proud sponsor of
High quality fine art, fine crafts
and an eclectic book section!
Work from over 200 regional artists, most of whom live and
work within 100 miles of the gallery.
Whichever direction you are coming from, enjoy one of
the world’s most inspiring drives to get to this gem of a
destination gallery!

Wordfest

Bluerock Gallery
Black Diamond, AB
bluerockgallery.ca | 403.933.5047
Open daily 10 AM - 6 PM

pattisonoutdoor.com

investing in
our community
Talisman Energy is proud
to sponsor Wordfest.
Talisman is a global oil and gas company
focused on making investments where it
matters most: in energy, in people and
in the communities where we work.

7 WHAT TO EXPECT: provocative and

Banff Events

entertaining literary events in a stunning
mountain setting.

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wordfest presents
thomas king
friday, October 17 • 8pm
the banff centre
margaret greenham theatre

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and friends of cjsw

•••
Wordfest’s weekend at The Banff Centre
kicks off Friday night with acclaimed
author Thomas King who presents
his new novel, The Back of the Turtle,
bringing to the stage his trademark wit
and wordplay.

7 The Back of The Turtle is Thomas King’s
first literary novel in fifteen years, following the
success of the award-winning and bestselling
The Inconvenient Indian, and his beloved and
iconic Green Grass, Running Water and Truth and

Writing for
performance with
ivan coyote
Saturday, October 18 • 1pm
the banff centre
the kinnear centre Room 303

Tickets: $25
$22 seniors, students and friends of cjsw

•••

a morning with
genevieve cÔtÉ
saturday, October 18 • 11am
banff public library - 101 bear street

free admission

•••
Author and illustrator Geneviève Côté
brings her fun, creature-filled children’s
books to life at this family event for
children in kindergarten and up.

Ivan Coyote leads a workshop for
aspiring writers of all ages and levels,
designed to help you transform your
nervous energy into a memorable
reading. Learn how to select material,
prepare your work for performance,
memorize it (or not), and make your
body language work for you.

Photo by Eric Nilson

Bright Water.

THE BANFF CENTRE PRESENTS THE 39TH

BANFF

MOUNTAIN
AND

FILM BOOK
FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 1 – 9, 2014
#nineepicdays
The world’s best mountain
and adventure travel stories,
presentations and readings
by award-winning authors,
book signings, mountain art
exhibitions, and mountain
films from around the globe.

CasCade
Book Bundle
Purchase a ticket
to three or more
literary events on
november 6 and 7
and save.

TickeTs and packages
now on sale.

banffmountainfestival.ca
@BanffMtnFest
Louise Falls, Banff National Park © Kennan Harvey

Presenting
Partners

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Photo by Marvin Orellana

storytelling on
the digital edge
Saturday, October 18 • 3pm
the banff centre
the kinnear centre, room 203

Tickets: $20
$18 seniors, students and friends of cjsw

•••
Featuring: Kate Pullinger
and Adam Sternbergh
Modern life in the digital age, with
its clashing worlds and extraordinary
connections, is on display in this
afternoon of readings and reflections
from award-winning novelist Kate
Pullinger, who presents Landing Gear,
and Adam Sternbergh, contributing
editor for New York Magazine and debut
author of Shovel Ready: A Novel.

1 Kate Pullinger is the author of ten

1 Adam Sternbergh’s writing has been

novels, including The Mistress of Nothing, which

featured in several other publications including

won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.

GQ and The Times of London, and on the radio

banff distinguished
author series
presents ann-marie
macdonald

Pullinger’s prize-winning digital fiction projects

program This American Life.

Saturday, October 18 • 7pm

behind the storyteller” from her new
novel, Adult Onset about a YA author
struggling with current frustrations,
painful memories and the threat of
domestic violence.

MARGARET Greenham THEATRE

Tickets: $25
$22 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Governor General’s Literary Awardwinning playwright and acclaimed
novelist, Ann-Marie MacDonald, takes
Alberta audiences through the “story

Novel have reached audiences around the world.

From the bestselling author of two
beloved classics, Adult Onset is a
powerful drama about motherhood, the
dark undercurrents that break and hold
families together, and the power and
pressures of love.
Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees
was one of only two Canadian novels to be
featured in Oprah’s Book Club. Her other works
include Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning
Juliet) and The Way the Crow Flies. 3

Photo by Guntar Kravis

the banff centre

Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked

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Photo by Nick Allen

THIS REALLY
HAPPENED: MY BIG
MISTAKE
Saturday, October 18 • 9pm
the banff centre
THE CLUB

Tickets: $20
$18 seniors, students and friends of cjsw
LICENSED VENUE, ADMITS AGE 14 AND OVER

• ••
Featuring: Various Wordfest artists.
Visit wordfest.com or banffcentre.ca/
events for the full artist lineup.
This Really Happened, a live storytelling
event presented in partnership with
carte blanche, returns to Wordfest
with more true stories told off the cuff.
Festival artists share tales of personal
screw-ups, snafus, and blunders at this
open-ended and open-minded evening
in The Club.

BOOKS AND BRUNCH:
OBSESSIONS
SUNDAY, October 19 • 11AM
the banff centre
tHE KINNEAR CENTRE, ROOM 305

Tickets: $35 (Brunch included)
SPECIAL EVENT / $25 with Gold or Banff Pass

•••
Featuring: Jacqueline Baker, Emily St.
John Mandel and Louise Welsh
Break your morning fast with brunch,
delicious conversation, and the breathtaking views at The Banff Centre, as
writers from Canada and around the
world discuss the obsessions (and
crimes) of their most indelible char-

acters—for those who are hungry for
criminal minds and food for thought.

7 The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker
is set in 1936, and follows a horror writer, H.P.
Lovecraft, and his new personal assistant, Arthor
Crandle, who is soon drawn into the author’s
distinctly unnerving world.

7 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
is an audacious, darkly glittering novel about
art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of
civilization’s collapse, from the author of three
highly-acclaimed previous novels.

7 A Lovely Way To Burn by Louise Welsh
is a frightening and fascinating account of a
pandemic called “The Sweats” that is sweeping
the globe. London is a city in crisis. But Stevie
Flint suspects her boyfriend’s sudden death was
not from natural causes, but a chilling murder.

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CREATIVE IDENTITIES
SUNDAY, October 19 • 1:30Pm
THE BANFF CENTRE
Margaret GREENHAM THEATRE

TICKETS: $20
$18 SENIORS, STUDENTS AND FRIENDS OF CJSW

•••
Featuring: Joshua Ferris
and Elyse Friedman
New York-based Joshua Ferris and
Toronto-based Elyse Friedman discuss
novels that grapple with the desires and
spiritual journeys of their characters’
search for meaning and identity in our
increasingly complex (and wired) world.
Warning: Some identities discussed may
have been stolen!

1 To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by

1 The Answer to Everything by Elyse

Joshua Ferris is about a man’s confrontation

Friedman is the story of a perpetually broke

with his troubled past and his uncertain future

artist and a humorous examination of the gap

in a life disturbingly split between the real and

between reason and faith, and the human need

the virtual. Paul O’Rourke loves the world, but

for connection, love and transcendence.

doesn’t know how to live in it.

THANK YOU Calgary VOLUNTEERS! Aracley Alamos, Brittany Anderson, Kelsey Attard, Glenna Bagley, Alexa Baker, Carol Barros,
Stephanie Bedin, Jim Biondi, Carrie Blaug, Mary Brandt, Scott Brown, Adam Buck, Michelle Buxmann, Sandra Cameron Evans, Richard Cartwright, Jennifer Caswell, Sima Chowdhury,
Breann Christie, Gail Cooke, Cheryl Cottveau, Hazel Dean, Diane Devonshire, Maria DeWaele, Die Dinh, Eva Dupas, Lucianna Dykstra, Andrea Enaux, Alicja Ferec, Jessica Field, Alana Fischer,
Shelly Fleurie, Joe Foley, Margarita Gakis, Karissa Gall, Susan Gardiner, Alanna George, Jameela Ghann, Vera Goodman, Marion Gregory, Gostevol Guerruro, Sadia Habiby, Stephen Hansen,
Laurie Harris, Nadia Helal, Amy Hensch, Valerie Hill, Holly Hoffman, Alta Huntington, Reza Inanloo, Sonia Jarmula, Carol Jensen, Ellen Kerkhoven, Sonia Khera, Kelly Knights, Melissa Knive,
Suzann Labossiere, Dorothy Laing, Heather Larson, Patricia Leahy, Ellen Leavitt, Karen Lee, Nicole Lefebvre, Jeff Lewis, Stephanie Limacheri, Meghan Lindsay, Samantha Lopez, Maraya
Loza-Koxahn, Jenn Machin, Debbie MacNaughton, Maureen Magee, Nubaha Mahbub, Eileen Mak, Petra Mandock, Katherine Matiko, Melissa McAuley, Chloe McBean, David McBean, Liz
McCord, Brad McDowell, Shannon McKenty, Melissa McPhee, Ganna Melekh, Ana Mihajlovic, Emily Mody, Sabiha Mohsen, Giuseppe Negro, Tara Newman, Kevin Nicholson, Patricia O’Reilly,
Mary Peet, Tamara Portz, Kathryn Poudrier, Cathi Ramsden, Sarah Romanuck, Gabriella Sandor, Marilee Saturley, Emily Schultz, Ian Scott, Al Sharma, Melanie Sicotte, Barbara Simpkins,
Florence Smith, Nora Spencer, Mary Spensley, Ingrid Stammer, Kelli Stevens, Thomas Sun, Jocelyn Taylor, Barrie Thesen, Doreen Thesen, Ulrike Thomas, Linda Tovey, Celina Vides, Cara
Violini, Phionna Wall, Marion Walls, Donna Weerstra, Amy Whitmore, Kayla Whittingham, Jenny Wong, Alicia Yip, Blake Young, Hui Wen Zheng and Diane Zybutz. COORDINATORS: Janet
Bliss, Margaret Ellis, Pamela Knott, Amanda Peters, Abby Popowich, Judy Snyder, Veronica Vincent and Angela Weibe. (AS OF AUGUST 14, 2014)

THANK YOU BANFF VOLUNTEERS! Jane Bateman, Susan Beckett, Tanya Brunelle, Mary Buckingham, Emma Carmichael, Katy Carmichael,
Sharon Carmichael, Sarah Carmichael, Jill Denoudan, Jacqueline Dolan, Ruth Kleinitz, Jennifer Kleinitz, Sheila Lambertus, Heather Larson, Sadie Maycock, Jemima Maycock, Saige Michel,
Sally Scherer, Wilena Waechter and Margaret Watson. (AS OF AUGUST 18, 2014)

CELEBRATE
40 years of Penguin Canada

PHOTO CREDIT: MERRICK CHASE

PHOTO CREDIT: NIKOLA TAMINDIC

PHOTO CREDIT: FANNY DION

at this year’s Wordfest: Banff-Calgary
International Writers Festival

NANCY HUSTON | SHEILA HETI
JOHANNA SKIBSRUD | RACHELLE DELANEY
JONATHAN AUXIER | ANNA DEWDNEY | NICHOLAS CARR
CAITLIN DOUGHTY | TED BISHOP

years in

Canada

events schedule
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 11
11-09-2014 @ 7pm

Wordfest presents Amanda Lindhout.

Glenbow, ConocoPhillips Theatre, Tickets:
$25. See p. 14

•••
MONDAY, OCT. 13
13-10-2014 @ 9pm

Wordfest presents C.R. Avery at the
Ironwood Stage. Ironwood Stage & Grill,

Tickets: $20. See p. 20

•••
TUESDAY, OCT. 14
14-10-2014 @ 12pm
Writers Book Club.

Festival Hall, Tickets: $15. See p. 24

14-10-2014 @ 9pm

15-10-2014 @ 9pm

$20 See. p. 20

Tickets: $20. See p. 20

•••
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15

•••

15-10-2014 @ 10am

16-10-2014 @ 10am

Wordfest presents C.R. Avery at the
Ironwood Stage. Ironwood Stage, Tickets:

Kenneth Oppel [SOLD OUT]. Glenbow-

ConocoPhillips Theatre. See p. 47
15-10-2014 @ 10am
Cote & Coté (K-2).

Calgary Public Library, John Dutton
Theatre, Tickets: $10. See p. 47
15-10-2014 @ 12pm
Buried. Festival Hall, Tickets: $15.
See p. 24
15-10-2014 @ 12:30pm

Loft 112, Tickets: $25. See p. 44

Brewster & Oppel (4-8). Calgary Public
Library, John Dutton Theatre, Tickets:
$10. See p. 47

14-10-2014 @ 4pm

15-10-2014 @ 12:30pm

14-10-2014 @ 2pm

Writing Non-Fiction with Ted Bishop.

Writers and Mixtapes - PechaKucha
Style. Festival Hall, Tickets: $15. See p. 28

14-10-2014 @ 5pm

The Social Life of Ink. University of

GRAND - WORKSHOP Kitchen +
Culture, Tickets: $250. See p. 14

Bruce McCulloch: Let’s Start a Riot!

Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan
Theatre, Tickets: $35. See p. 17

ConocoPhillips Theatre, Tickets: $10.
See p. 48
16-10-2014 @ 11am
French Voices. University of Calgary,
Craigie Hall, Free Admission. See p. 25
16-10-2014 @ 12pm

Men in Love. Mount Royal University -

Lincoln Park Room, Free Admission.
See p. 25

16-10-2014 @ 12:30pm

Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan
Theatre, Tickets: $25. See p. 17

14-10-2014 @ 8pm

16-10-2014 @ 10am

Bar-El & Liniers (1-3). Glenbow,

15-10-2014 @ 4pm

Empires. Festival Hall, Tickets: $15.

15-10-2014 @ 5pm

Shelf Life Books, Tickets: $10. See p. 36

Library - John Dutton Theatre, Tickets:
$10. See p. 47

16-10-2014 @ 12pm
Readers Choice. Festival Hall, Tickets:
$15. See p. 26

14-10-2014 @ 5:30pm

Wordfest and Writers’ Guild of Alberta
present Rudy Wiebe.

Dewdney & Dubuc. Calgary Public

ConocoPhillips Theatre, Tickets: $10.
See p. 47

See p. 24

14-10-2014 @ 7pm

THURSDAY, OCT. 16

DeMuy & Duchesne (3-6). Glenbow-

Calgary Downtown Campus, Event
Centre, Free Admission. See p. 36

An Evening with Emma Donoghue.

Wordfest presents C.R. Avery at the
Ironwood Stage. Ironwood Stage & Grill,

Novel Supper Club. Theatre Junction

15-10-2014 @ 5:30pm

Hugh Brewster On Getting Published.

Loft 112, Tickets: $25. See p. 44
15-10-2014 @ 6pm

Women in Clothes.

Adderson & Delaney (4-6). Calgary

Public Library, John Dutton Theatre,
Tickets: $10. See p. 48
16-10-2014 @ 12:30pm

Grégoire & Duchesne (5-8). Glenbow-

ConocoPhillips Theatre, Tickets: $10.
See p. 48

16-10-2014 @ 2pm
Spanish Voices. University of Calgary,
Taylor Family Digital Library, Gallery Hall.
Free Admission. See p. 26

Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan
Theatre, Tickets: $25. See p. 18

16-10-2014 @ 2pm

15-10-2014 @ 8pm

Loft 112, Tickets: $25. See p. 44

One-on-one with Héctor Tobar. Festival

Hall, Tickets: $15. See p. 38

Writing for Film and Television with
Elyse Friedman.

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16-10-2014 @ 4pm

Chris Turner: Reflections on Our World.

17-10-2014 @ 4pm

Festival Hall, Tickets: $15. See p. 27

Writing Mystery with Michael
Robotham. Loft 112, Tickets: $25.

16-10-2014 @ 6:30pm
Circling the North. Festival Hall,
Tickets: $35. See p. 15

Future Imperfect. Theatre Junction

16-10-2014 @ 6:30pm

Calgary Reads • The Big Book Club.

Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan
Theatre, Tickets: $100. See p. 15
16-10-2014 @ 7pm

Veronica Roth in conversation with
Tahereh Mafi. Knox United Church,

Tickets: $25. See p. 19
16-10-2014 @ 7pm

White Noise Talks: Technocreep.

Theatre Junction GRAND - Studio,
Tickets: $15. See p. 38
16-10-2014 @ 8pm

Decomposure with Caitlin Doughty.

Glenbow-ConocoPhillips Theatre, Tickets:
$25. See p. 39
16-10-2014 @ 9pm

Live Illustration with Ricardo Siri
Liniers. Festival Hall, Tickets: $25.

SATURDAY, OCT. 18
18-10-2014 @ 9:30am

17-10-2014 @ 5pm

Gals and Good Times. Theatre Junction
GRAND - Flanagan Theatre, Tickets: $25.
See p. 30

GRAND - Studio, Tickets: $15. See p. 28

18-10-2014 @ 11am

See p. 45

17-10-2014 @ 5:30pm

The Philosopher, Poet and Chief.

University of Calgary, Taylor Family
Digital Library, Gallery Hall, Free
Admission. See p. 29
17-10-2014 @ 5:30pm

Wordfest and TD present Dennis Lee.

Calgary Public Library, John Dutton
Theatre, Free Admission. See p. 50

A Morning with Genevieve Côté. Banff
Public Library, Free Admission. See p. 52

18-10-2014 @ 11am

Master Class with Michael Cho. Loft 112,

Tickets: $25. See p. 45

18-10-2014 @ 11:30am

One-on-one with Nancy Huston. Theatre

Junction GRAND - Flanagan Theatre,
Tickets: $15. See p. 40
18-10-2014 @ 12:30pm

17-10-2014 @ 6pm
New Gothic. Theatre Junction GRAND Studio, Tickets: $15. See p. 29

Murder They Wrote. Theatre Junction

17-10-2014 @ 7pm
Darkness Visible. Theatre Junction
GRAND - Flanagan Theatre, Tickets: $15.
See p. 30

Writing for Performance with Ivan
Coyote. The Banff Centre, The Kinnear

17-10-2014 @ 7pm

GRAND - Studio, Tickets: $15. See p. 31
18-10-2014 @ 1pm

Centre, Room 303, Tickets: $25. See p. 52
18-10-2014 @ 1pm

Rencontre à l’Alliance Avec Nancy
Huston. Alliance Francaise De Calgary,

One-on-one with Michael Crummey.

•••
FRIDAY, OCT. 17

Tickets: $15. See p. 39

Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan
Theatre, Tickets: $15. See p. 40

17-10-2014 @ 8pm

18-10-2014 @ 1pm

17-10-2014 @ 10am
Auxier & Chantler (5-9). Calgary
Public Library, John Dutton Theatre,
Tickets: $10. See p. 48

The Banff Centre, Margaret Greenham
Theatre, Tickets: $25. See p. 52

See p. 20

17-10-2014 @ 12pm
Food & Culture. Theatre Junction
GRAND - Studio, Tickets: $15. See p. 27
17-10-2014 @ 2pm

Writing Roundtable with Kathleen
Winter. Loft 112, Tickets: $35. See p. 44

Wordfest presents Thomas King.

17-10-2014 @ 8pm
Poetry Cabaret. Theatre Junction
GRAND - Studio, Tickets: $15. See p. 21
17-10-2014 @ 9pm

Literary Death Match. Theatre Junction

GRAND - Flanagan Theatre, Tickets: $25.
See p. 21

Illustrating for books with Scott
Chantler. Loft 112, Tickets: $25. See p. 45

18-10-2014 @ 2pm

One-on-one with Christos Tsiolkas.

Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan
Theatre, Tickets: $15. See p. 41
18-10-2014 @ 3pm

Storytelling on the Digital Edge. The
Banff Centre, The Kinnear Centre, Room
203, Tickets: $20. See p. 54

18-10-2014 @ 4pm

One-on-one with Thomas King. Theatre
Junction GRAND - Flanagan Theatre,
Tickets: $15. See p. 41

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18-10-2014 @ 5pm

19-10-2014 @ 12pm

GRAND - Studio, Tickets: $15. See p. 31

GRAND - Flanagan Theatre, Tickets: $15.
See p. 32

- Studio, Tickets: $25. See p. 22

19-10-2014 @ 12:30pm
Drawing Them In. Theatre Junction
GRAND - Studio, Tickets: $15. See p. 35

One-on-one with Tim Winton. Theatre
Junction GRAND - Flanagan Theatre,
Tickets: $15. See p. 43

19-10-2014 @ 1:30pm

•••
TUESDAY, OCT. 21

Blokes and Brawls. Theatre Junction

18-10-2014 @ 5:30pm

One-on-one with Sjón. Theatre Junction

GRAND - Flanagan Theatre, Tickets: $25.
See p. 43
18-10-2014 @ 6pm

Glenbow and Wordfest Present
Edmund Metatawabin. Glenbow-

ConocoPhillips Theatre, Tickets: $15.
See p. 42
18-10-2014 @ 7pm

Banff Distinguished Author Series
Presents Ann-Marie MacDonald. The

Banff Centre, Margaret Greenham
Theatre, Tickets: $25. See p. 54

Sympathy for the Devil. Theatre Junction

Creative Identities. The Banff Centre,

Margaret Greenham Theatre, Tickets: $20.
See p. 56
19-10-2014 @ 2pm

Books and Afternoon Tea. Theatre

19-10-2014 @ 4pm

Ryeberg Live. Theatre Junction GRAND

19-10-2014 @ 6:30pm

21-10-2014 @ 6:30pm

Wordfest presents Naomi Klein. Knox

United Church, Tickets: $25. See p. 16

Junction GRAND - Flanagan Theatre,
Tickets: $25. See p. 35

•••

18-10-2014 @ 7pm

One-on-one with Kathleen Winter.

Theatre Junction GRAND - Flanagan
Theatre, Tickets: $15. See p. 42
18-10-2014 @ 8:30pm

Governor General’s Literary Awards
Celebration. Theatre Junction GRAND -

Flanagan Theatre, Tickets: $15. See p. 32
18-10-2014 @ 9pm

This Really Happened: My Big Mistake.

The Banff Centre, The Club, Tickets: $20.
See p. 55

•••
SUNDAY, OCT 19
19-10-2014 @ 10:30am
Writing About War. Theatre Junction
GRAND - Studio, Tickets: $15. See p. 32
19-10-2014 @ 11am

Books and Brunch: Obsessions. The

Banff Centre, The Kinnear Centre, Room
305, Tickets: $35. See p. 55

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Lisa Robertson (Canada-France) 21

Caroline Adderson (BC, Canada) 30, 48

Erina Harris (Calgary, AB, Canada) 20

Michael Robotham (Australia) 31, 45

Jonathan Auxier (Canada-USA) 28, 48

Sheila Heti (ON, Canada) 18

Veronica Roth (USA) 19

C.R. Avery (BC, Canada) 20

Nancy Huston (Canada-France) 39, 40

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Jacqueline Baker (Edmonton, AB, Canada)

Andrew Kaufman (ON, Canada) 28

Leanne Shapton (Canada-USA) 18

29, 55

Thomas Keenan (Calgary, AB, Canada) 38

Natalie Simpson (Calgary, AB, Canada) 21, 24

Dan Bar-El (BC, Canada) 48

Anne Kennedy (New Zealand) 35

David Bergen (MB, Canada) 31, 35

Thomas King (ON, Canada) 41, 52

Johanna Skibsrud (Canada-USA) 32

Ted Bishop (Edmonton, AB, Canada)

Jennifer Kingsley (ON, Canada) 15

Carrie Snyder (ON, Canada) 30

36, 44

Naomi Klein (ON, Canada) 16

Fred Stenson (Cochrane, AB, Canada) 31

Hugh Brewster (ON, Canada) 44, 47

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Adam Sternbergh (Canada-USA)

C

Arun Lakra (Calgary, AB, Canada) 24

28, 32, 54

Nicholas Carr (USA) 15

Mark Lavorato (QC, Canada) 24, 26, 28

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Scott Chantler (ON, Canada) 45, 48

Dennis Lee (ON, Canada) 21, 50

Matthew Thomas (USA) 31, 35

Michael Cho (ON, Canada) 35, 38, 45

Ricardo Siri Liniers (Argentina) 20, 26, 48

Kim Thúy (QC, Canada) 14, 25, 26, 27, 32

Geneviève Coté (QC, Canada) 47, 52

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Héctor Tobar (USA) 38

Ivan Coyote (BC, Canada) 52

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Miriam Toews (ON, Canada) 30, 32

Michael Crummey (NL, Canada) 40

(ON & QC, Canada) 30, 54

Christos Tsiolkas (Australia) 25, 41

D

Tahereh Mafi (USA) 19

Chris Turner (Calgary, AB, Canada) 27

Rachelle Delaney (ON, Canada) 48

Emily St John Mandel (Canada-USA)

V

Yvan DeMuy (QC, Canada) 47

28, 55

Iman Verjee (Edmonton, AB, Canada) 26, 29

Anna Dewdney (USA) 47

Eimear McBride (UK) 35

Padma Viswanathan (Canada-USA) 26, 30

Emma Donoghue (ON, Canada) 17

Bruce McCulloch (Canada-USA) 17

W

Caitlin Doughty (USA) 39

Edward Metatawabin (ON, Canada)

Richard Wagamese (BC, Canada) 31

Marianne Dubuc (QC, Canada) 47

29, 42

Samantha Warwick (Calgary, AB, Canada)

Christiane Duchesne (QC, Canada) 32, 47

Sean Michaels (QC, Canada) 22, 28

28, 41

F

Guillaume Morissette (QC, Canada) 38

Andrew Wedderburn

Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Canada-Pakistan)

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(Calgary, AB, Canada) 20, 28

24, 31

Ruth Ohi (ON, Canada) 47, 5

Louise Welsh (UK) 31, 35

Joshua Ferris (USA) 56

Heather O’Neill (QC, Canada) 30

Rudy Wiebe (Edmonton, AB, Canada) 36

Meags Fitzgerald (QC, Canada) 35

Kenneth Oppel (ON, Canada) 32, 46

Ian Williams (Calgary, AB, Canada) 24

Karyn L. Freedman (ON, Canada) 29

P

Sheri-D Wilson (Calgary, AB, Canada) 20, 29

Elyse Friedman (ON, Canada) 30, 44, 56

Alison Pick (ON, Canada) 30

Kathleen Winter (QC, Canada) 35, 42, 44

Kim Fu (Canada-USA) 26, 30

Kate Pullinger (Canada-UK) 32, 35, 54

Tim Winton (Australia) 43

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Ken Wylie (Canada-USA) 24

Damon Galgut (South Africa) 25

James Raffan (ON, Canada) 15

Michele Genest (YT, Canada) 15, 27

Nikki Reimer (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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Fabian Gregoire (Belgium) 48

21, 38

Sharanpal Ruprai (Calgary, AB, Canada) 20

Sjón (Iceland) 43

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