Wordfest Calgary Literary Arts Festival Calgary’s WordFest feature eight of the recent nominees for the awards in a variety of events during the 6-day Festival, which runs from October 11-16, 2011. Marina Endicott, Dany Laferrière and Suzette Mayr will share from their nominated titles in the popular evening showcases and Lynn Coady will discuss the blurring of authorship in online media in Social Publishing on October 13. The Festival closes on October 16 with Curtain Call featuring David Bezmozgis Alongside several other artists. Zsuzsi Gartner will be celebrating the Year of the Short Story (YOSS) at Keepin’ it Short on October 14. 2011 Banff Distinguished Author Guy Vanderhaeghe will be reading from his nominated title at The Banff Distinguished Author Series event at The Banff Centre on October 15.

WordFest 2011 congratulates the following Festival authors on their achievement:

  • David Bezmozgis, The Free World, (HarperCollinsCanada)
  • Lynn Coady, The Antagonist, (House of Anansi Press)
  • Marina Endicott, The Little Shadows, (DoubledayCanada)
  • Zsuzsi Gartner, Better Through Living Through Explosives, (Hamish HamiltonCanada)
  • Wayne Johnston, A World Elsewhere, (KnopfCanada)
  • Dany Laferrière, The Return, (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Suzette Mayr, Monoceros, (Coach House Books)
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe, A Good Man, (McClelland & Stewart)

The Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $50,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $5,000 to each of the finalists. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband Jack Rabinovitch. The long list was announced on September 6. The shortlist will be announced on October 4 and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. This year marks the 18th year of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

WordFest brings more than 70 artists from around the world to connect with readers in Calgary, Banff and the Bow Valley from October 11-16, 2011 in over 60 events that are intimate, interactive and fun. Festival passes and single tickets are now available through WordFest at 403.237.9068 or at wordfest.com.