Monday, February 26th | Doors Open at 5:00pm |7:00—9:00pm Main Event
Memorial Park Library Second Floor Performance Space (Wordfest Engagement Lab)
1221 2 St SW, Calgary, AB
Celebrating Rebel Readers, Writers and Freedom to Read Week
Presented by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Calgary Public Library and Wordfest
Books can be dangerous objects. Under their influence, people start to wonder, dream and even think! In 2018, books are still being challenged and there are formal attempts to have books removed from schools and libraries. In celebration of national Freedom to Read Week and our right to create works containing controversial subject matter, the WGA, Calgary Public Library and Wordfest and are teaming up to present an incendiary and enlightening conversation that will delve into issues of censorship and the controversy surrounding award-winning graphic novel This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Anne Logan will host the conversation; find her at ivereadthis.com.
Recently added! Between 5:30-7:00pm guests are invited to celebrate our freedom of expression with public readings of censored material by local drag royalty. LGBTQ content is regularly challenged or even banned in libraries across North America. This segment of the evening is in partnership with Calgary Outlink, Fairy Tales Presentation Society and the Calgary Public Library. Memorial Park Library is also proud to publicly display a large, curated collection of books from the Calgary Outlink LGBTQ Library and videos from Fairy Tales Presentation Society. The display will be available for Calgarians to read and enjoy Monday, Feb 26th through Sunday, March 4th during Library open hours.
Anne Logan is Past President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Board of Directors and hosts various literary events around the city, including a monthly community book club discussion at the Wordfest Engagement Lab at Memorial Park Library. Anne worked in the Canadian publishing industry for 7 years and loved every minute of it. She now writes for various publications, and is the books columnist for CBC Calgary’s Homestretch. Find her at www.ivereadthis.com.