To kick off our new season, Wordfest is thrilled to be able to showcase 2022's hottest new book, The Maid.
Last year, we paired Ashley Audrain (whose debut thriller, The Push, topped all the 2021 International bestseller lists) with Karma Brown (author of 2019's breakout hit, Recipe for a Perfect Wife). On January 25th, Audrain will share the virtual stage with her close friend Nita Prose, author of The Maid – a whodunnit so sizzling the movie adaptation is already in the works starring Florence Pugh and everyone from the New York Times and Glamour to Good Morning America and NPR can't stop raving.
The hour-long conversation will start at 7:00 PM MT and will be hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader (The pre-show will begin at 6:50 PM.) The live stream event is free – and if you RSVP, we'll send you a reminder on the day of the show, as well as our unique Digital Doggie Bag the next day with bonus extras sparked by the conversation.
We're calling this exclusive yearly showcase The Hot Book Handoff, and are delighted to be partnering with Penguin Random House Canada.
*BONUS 2022 PREVIEW*
Stay at the end of the conversation for an exclusive preview of what Wordfest is dreaming up for 2022, lead by our always enthusiastic Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut.
Shelley Youngblut is the CEO & Creative Ringleader of Wordfest. She was the recipient of the 2020 Calgary Award for Community Achievement in the Arts and the 2018 Rozsa Award for Arts Leadership. She also won the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Western Magazine Awards.
Youngblut was the founding editor of Calgary’s award-winning Swerve magazine and has created magazines for ESPN, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Nickelodeon, Western Living, and The Globe and Mail. A former pop-culture correspondent for ABC World News Now and Canada Am, she is now often unconventionally opinionated on CBC Calgary’s Eyeopener.