5 Wordfest Events to Check Out This Month

Watch young adult and children's book authors participate in a literary death match, check out a literary trivia night and listen to this year's five Giller Prize finalists.

"What to Read" Showcase, Wordfest 2016.

Photograph courtesy of Wordfest


Book worms and lovers of literature will feel right at home at Wordfest. Returning for its 22nd year, the literary festival will be hosting dozens of literary events that range from author talks to workshops across the city from October 9 to 15. Many of the events are talks featuring some of the festival's more than 80 participating authors, who specialize in everything from mysteries to poetry. But there are also some more unique events — here are five you should check out this month.


Check out a late night trivia competition about three authors named Nick

Know a lot of random facts? You'll probably want to check out this special edition of Dick Lit's Trivia Night. For Wordfest, host Richard Kemick will be asking trivia questions about novels by authors Nick Craine, Nick Mount and Nick Cutter. But don't worry if you haven't read their latest books — the questions are only kind of about their contents. There will also be prizes for the winners of the trivia competition.

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 9:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Where: Big Secret Theatre, 205 8 Ave. S.E.

Cost: $12.75 to $15


Sit in a room with this year's five Giller Prize finalists

The Giller Prize is one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards. At Wordfest's Between the Pages event, not only can you honour the memory of the late Giller Prize founder, Jack Rabinovitch, but you'll also get to hear from all five of this year's Giller Prize finalists. This year's five finalists were revealed on October 2, and they are Transit author Rachel Cusk, Minds of Winter author Ed O'Loughlin, Bellevue Square author Michael Redhill, Son of a Trickster author Eden Robinson and I am a Truck author Michelle Winters.

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Studio Bell, National Music Centre, 850 4 St. S.E.

Cost: $30


Find out which Governor General Literary Award novels five authors love

You know what kind of books you like to read, but sometimes, it's fun to hear which novels your favourite authors like to read as well. At The Enthusiast's Guide to the Governor General's Literary Awards, five authors will talk about their favourite novel to have been awarded the Governor General Literary Award. Almost 80 novels have earned the award since 1936, so they have quite a few to choose from. The five participating authors are David Chariandy, Lorna Crozier, Michael Harris, Mireille Messier and Linda Spalding.

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Glenbow Museum Theatre, 130 9 Ave. S.E.

Cost: $12.75 to $15


Watch authors compete in a literary death match

Wordfest's Literary Death Match event returns on October 12 this year. Part of the festival's late night series, this popular event features six young adult and children's authors. They'll each be given seven minutes to act out parts of their work, and these performances will be judged by a judging panel. This year, participating authors include Ben Clanton, Susan Juby, Wesley King, Alice Kuipers, Bill Richardson and Esta Spalding.

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9:15 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Big Secret Theatre, 2015 8 Ave. S.E.

Cost: $20.40 to $24


Listen to renowned authors talk while eating a delicious meal

Some of this year's Wordfest events also come with food. At Brunch with Ruth Ware, you can listen to suspense writer Ruth Ware while enjoying a sit-down brunch at Deane House restaurant in Inglewood. Later that same day, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery in the Simmons Building is hosting Tzavta Talks: Nicola Lagioia. The evening event starts with a three-course dinner created by the local bakery. Afterwards, there will be a talk by Italian author Nicola Lagioia, who won the 2015 Strega Prize for his novel Ferocity.

When: Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Brunch with Ruth Ware); Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Tzavta Talks: Nicola Lagioia)

Where: Deane House, 806 9 Ave. S.E. (Brunch with Ruth Ware); Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, 618 Confluence Way S.W. (Tzavta Talks: Nicola Lagioia)

Cost: $50 (Brunch with Ruth Ware); $55 (Tzavta Talks: Nicola Lagioia).

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