WordFest 2013 CalgaryThe 2013 WordFest line-up has been revealed! Over 65 writers will be appearing at the 18th Annual Festival featuring artists from Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States. WordFest runs from October 14-20 in various venues across Calgary and Banff. Ushering in WordFest this year is a special Pre-Festival event with Amanda Lindhout on September 25 at the Glenbow ConocoPhilips Theatre. Margaret Atwood, the queen of Canadian literature kicks off the Festival on October 14 at 7pm at the John Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Public Library, with readings from MaddAddam, a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy about which has been said is “a love letter to literature“.

About WordFest

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.

WordFest hosts year-round literary events in Calgary, Banff and Bow Valley featuring the world’s best writers. Over 800 writers have been presented at these events over the past 17 years, including Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, John Irving, Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Ford, Alexander McCall Smith and David Suzuki.

WordFest’s main event is a week-long literary festival that features upwards of 65 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.

Year-Round Events

In addition to the annual Festival, WordFest hosts various events throughout the year. They include poetry and spoken word performances, current event panels, publishing industry workshops, youth and multilingual programming and marquee showcases that feature the biggest and brightest stars of the book scene. They often include music, visuals and technology.

Book Rapport: October 14-18, 2013

First Calgary Financial Book Rapport is a popular youth and education program that brings students together with authors to stimulate literacy and encourage a love of reading and writing. As part of its commitment to youth literacy, WordFest also created the Book Buddies program, which subsidizes literary events for high-needs and at-risk youth. WordFest supports accessibility and engagement for readers of all ages.

Festival des mots: October 14-18, 2013

Festival des mots is a French-language program that hosts emerging and award-winning writers from across Canada and other French-speaking countries to participate in literary and cultural exchanges with Alberta’s Francophone and francophile communities.

Festival des mots, un programme littéraire de langue française, accueille écrivains émergents et lauréats connus du Canada et d’autres pays francophones afin de participer à des échanges culturels et littéraires avec les communautés francophones et francophiles de l’Alberta.

Tickets now on Sale

Tickets to special events and Festival events can be purchased online, or by calling WordFest at 403 237 9068, the EPCOR Centre Box Office at 403 294 9494, or The Banff Centre Box Office (BANFF EVENTS ONLY) at 403 762 6301 • 1 800 413 8368. Festival passes are also available through the Wordfest Box Office by calling 403 237 9068.

See schedule of 2013 WordFest events