It’s kind of scary to think that a month and a half has passed since we first posted about Wordfest’s exciting postcard story contest, TumbleWord. Is June really half over? Is summer slipping away from us before it even officially starts?
But that's ok. Before solstice sweeps us into a painfully short season of hailstorms, during which the Calgary Stampede will enjoy its 100th year, Wordfest is helping the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth celebrate with a "mini-festival" that launches this Monday, June 18, and runs through to June 20. It's Wild West Wordfest. For 3 days the festival known for bringing readers and writers together is gonna bring readers and riders together, and the lineup looks great...
(...all Wild West WordFest events are FREE.)
Wild West WordFest Launch
Monday, June 18
5:30pm, Motion Art Gallery, Eau Claire Market
Festival kicks-off with the winners of the TumbleWord writing contest and a reception. Hosted by Kris Demeanor.
Stories of the West - Tuesday, June 19
Noon, Community Room, Eau Claire Market
Spend your lunch hour with storyteller Anita Crowshoe and her amazing stories of our unforgettable heritage. Hosted by Dr. Yvonne Trainer.
Cowboy Wild - Tuesday, June 19
7pm, Art Gallery of Calgary
David Campion and Sandra Shields present from Cowboy Wild, a photography book that reflects on the myths of the Stampede and the meaning of the West. Introduction by Brian Rusted.
Nook Note* A book this beautiful might belong in your personal library, but just so you know, Cowboy Wild is available at the library... Click book cover to place your hold!
...and the grande finale, taking place right here at the Central library...
Wednesday, June 20
7pm, John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library
Doris Daley, Bob Dyck, Bruce Innes, Hannah Stilwell, Yvonne Trainer, Sheri-D Wilson and other special guests close out Wild West WordFest with a cowboy cabaret, featuring spoken word and song! Hosted by Donna Livingstone.
See y'all there!