WordFest is a six-day literary festival in Calgary and Banff that features upwards of 70 writers from the local, national and international stage. The Festival has approximately 60 separate events and attracts an audience of over 14,000. Some events also offer programming in multiple languages such as French and Spanish. Festival events take place across Calgary and in Banff through founding production partner, The Banff Centre. Of particular interest to media junkies is the presentation on October 10, 2012 on “Name Your Sources” where writers and journalists go behind the headlines and news stories that inspire their creations and comment on the maxim that “truth is stranger than fiction.”
The “Name Your Sources” presentation takes place on Wednesday, October 10 at 5:00 at the Vertigo Theatre at 115 – 9 Avenue, SE Calgary and features these Canadian journalists/authors:
Deni Y. Béchard (CAN) has travelled the world as a writer and international journalist. His stories and articles have appeared in publications such as the National Post, the Harvard Review and Le Devoir. Béchard has been a visiting fellow at MacDowell, the Edward Albee Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center, among others. Béchard’s first novel, Vandal Love, won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book and was a finalist for the 2009 Le Combat des Livres. His newest work, Cures for Hunger, is a tumultuous memoir of rebellion, youth, lost love and a search to understand his father’s criminal secrets.
Russell Wangersky (CAN) is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, he is also the commentary editor at The Telegram. He is the author of the short story collection The Hour of Bad Decisions; the novel The Glass Harmonica; and Burning Down the House, a personal account of his resultant trauma as a volunteer firefighter, which won the Edna Staebler Award and BC National Non-Fiction Book Award. Whirl Away, Wangersky’s latest short story collection, looks at what happens when people’s personal coping skills go awry and their worlds suddenly become difficult or near-impossible.
Julie Wilson (CAN) is The Book Madam, a self-professed “professional publishing fan” living in Toronto and working in media and publishing. She’s the past Online Marketing Manager for House of Anansi Press, past Host of the CBC Book Club and present host of 49thShelf.com. Her writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, Taddle Creek and Maisonneuve. She is the creator of seenreading.com, a literary voyeurism blog that for five years tracked the reading habits of transit riders, accompanied by Wilson’s fictional biographies for each reader. This popular website is the basis for Seen Reading, her debut book of microfictions.
Rachel Wyatt (CAN) is an award-winning playwright and author. Her six works of fiction include The Rosedale Hoax, The Day Marlene Dietrich Died, and Letters to Omar. She has written over 100 plays for radio and stage. Wyatt was the Director of the Writing Program at The Banff Centre for 12 years. Her contribution to the arts has been recognized with the CBC Literary Competition Drama Award, the Order of Canada, and both the Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. Wyatt’s newest novel Suspicion examines the impact on a small town when one of its residents goes missing.
See the complete Wordfest lineup.
WordFest supports vibrant and healthy communities by providing accessible and engaging programming that shares the power of story. WordFest is a not-for-profit organization that brings readers and writers together through the power of story. See more at wordfest.com.