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Wordfest Youth presents Cary Fagan & Esta Spalding

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Calgary Public Library, 2nd Floor

616 Macleod Trail

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Join us for some silly, wordy fun as we dive into books by authors Cary Fagan and Esta Spalding. Spalding’s book Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts mirrors her own extraordinary childhood growing up on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Cary Fagan presents his children’s books at this year’s festival, including the charming and beautifully illustrated The Little Blue Chair. Both Fagan and Spalding have the world’s best book editors and commentators: their children.

A Cage Went in Search of a Bird (Cary Fagan)

A long-empty birdcage takes a chance and leaves behind its attic home to find a bird to keep. Out in the world, the cage encounters many birds and offers shelter to each of them. One by one, they refuse, explaining why they belong elsewhere. The cage feels lonelier than ever until the cage in search of a bird finds a bird in search of a cage. Two lonely souls find each other in this unusual tale of friendship and belonging. In her North American debut, illustrator Banafsheh Erfanian brings ornate artistry to the cage and birds that inhabit this surprisingly human story.

Mort Ziff Is Not Dead (Cary Fagan)

When Norman wins a thousand dollars in the ‘Count-the-Doozy-Dots Contest’, his parents let him choose how to spend it. Norman decides that what his family really needs is a vacation that doesn’t mean camping in a tent –like a trip to Miami Beach. At their hotel, a chance meeting between Norman and the once-famous comedian Mort Ziff grows into an unusual friendship. But after hearing that Mort Ziff has been fired, Norman takes matters into his own hands, resolving to save Mort’s job and in the process, coming to realize an inner strength he didn’t know he had.

Little Blue Chair (Cary Fagan)

Boo’s favourite chair is little and blue. He sits in it, reads in it, and makes a tent around it ... until the day he grows too big for it. His mother puts the little blue chair out on the lawn where a truck driver picks it up to sell to a lady in a junk store, who eventually sells it as a plant stand. In the following years, the little blue chair is used in many other ways – in a contest, on an elephant ride, on a Ferris wheel – until one day balloons fly it away to a garden of daffodils, where a familiar face finds it.

Wolfie & Fly (Cary Fagan)

Renata ‘Wolfie’ Wolfman does everything by herself. Friends just get in the way, and she only has time for facts and reading. But friendship finds her in the form of Livingston ‘Fly’ Flott, the slightly weird and wordy boy from next door. Before she knows it, Wolfie is motoring through deep water with Fly as her second-in-command in a submarine made from a cardboard box. Out on a solo swim to retrieve a baseball vital to the mission, Wolfie is finally by herself again, but for the first time, she finds it a little lonely. Maybe there is something to this friend thing…

Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts (Esta Spalding)

Welcome to the further adventures of the plucky Fitzgerald-Trout siblings, who live on a tropical island where the grown-ups are useless, but the kids can drive. In this second installment, the delightfully self-reliant siblings continue their search for a home. This time, their pursuit will bring them face-to-face with a flood, illegal carnivorous plants, and the chance to win an extraordinary prize at a carnival. Will they finally find the place they truly belong?



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