At a look: Some Wordfest suggestions

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The Wordfest Imaginairium will happen Oct. 11 to fifteen at will function greater than 50 writers of varied genres, together with stars akin to Mary L. Trump, Patrick deWitt, Anne Berest, Liz Nugent and Heather O’Neill.

Pageant programming has at all times leaned in the direction of distinctive occasions somewhat than typical creator readings, together with some distinctive pairings of writers and theme nights. If you’re feeling slightly misplaced with the plethora of choices obtainable, listed below are a few of our suggestions.

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Jordan Abel
Poet Jordan Abel. Picture by Tenille Campbell Picture by SWEETMOON PHOTOGRAPHY /jpg

What: What a Pair! Jordan Abel and Joshua Whitehead

When: Oct. 13, 5 p.m.

The place: Memorial Park Library, second ground

Each Vancouver’s Jordan Abel and Calgary’s Johsua Whitehead are teachers who’ve explored their Indigenous roots in non-fiction and fiction. Each have reputations for experimentation and difficult norms. Whitehead, an related professor within the English division on the College of Calgary, turned a literary star after his debut novel, Jonny Appleseed, was a success with critics, was longlisted for the Giller and received CBC’s Canada Reads. He responded to the sudden consideration with a collection of essays, initially meant as a private train to course of his new place in CanLit circles. That turned his first ebook of non-fiction, the fascinating assortment Making Love with the Land. Poet Jordan Abel explored his Indigenous id together with his memoir NISHGA. The Nisga’a author not too long ago launched Empty Areas, a reimagining of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Final of the Mohicans.

What: Leacockians!!!!

When: Oct. 13, 9 p.m.

The place: Memorial Park Library

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Named after beloved comedic author Stephen Leacock and the celebrated medal for humour that’s named after him, this occasion will usher in 4 nominees or winners of the award to debate humour and satire. It is going to be hosted by American slapstick comedian and creator Dave Hill, who will even be at Wordfest together with his new ebook about his love of hockey referred to as The Superior Sport. Panelists embody native writers Will Ferguson and Ali Bryan in addition to Terry Fallis and Amy Jones. We’ve been advised Wordfest’s in-house Libations Bar will likely be open to additional juice up the festivities.

Ali Bryan
Creator Ali Bryan. Picture by Phil Crozier jpg

What: The O’Neill Reads Speak Present

When: Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

The place: DJD Dance Centre

Returning this 12 months after turning into a “shock hit” ultimately 12 months’s competition, this occasion options acclaimed creator Heather O’Neill and her daughter Arizona O’Neill, a multidisciplinary artist recognized for her illustration work and directing music movies. They are going to chat with visitors that embody graphic novelist Johnnie Christmas, Calgary-raised illustrator and cartoonist Jillian Tamaki and novelist Catherine Hernandez. Music will likely be offered by Patrick Watson.

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