The Bee: An Adult Spelling Bee & Capital City Press Book Festival

Celebrating Alberta Writers

Stay tuned as we confirm more details about how to book your weekend with Capital City Press in 2019!


What better way to get excited for the second annual Capital City Press Book Festival, than with a true test of literary ability! The Bee: An Adult Spelling Bee will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018 at our Whitemud Crossing Branch. Join us for your chance to face off against local celebrities, or just show up to watch the competition. Either way, this event is sure to be buzz-worthy!

Whether you're planning to spell your way to victory or cheer on your favourite participants, make the most of this exciting event by purchasing a glass craft beer from Edmonton's own Sea Change Brewing Co.! Glasses of beer are $5 each, with all proceeds going toward the Stanley A. Milner Library Revitalization.

Read Local.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at our Whitemud Crossing Branch for the second ever Capital City Pressopens a new window book festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thank you to all authors and publishers who signed up to participate in the Book Fair! Registration is now closed as we have sold out of tables.

  • Get your books signed by participating authors
  • Attend panels on a variety of topics featuring some of Alberta's top writers


Time Panel Name Panel Details
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Writing Edmonton
 Minister Faust hosts a discussion with writers who write about or set their work in our fair city.
Panelists include Tim Bowling, Jennifer Quist and Kelly McConkey, better known as Rev Recluse.
10:30 - 11: 30 a.m.  Storytime with Local Authors Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited to join our staff in the children's area for a storytime with local authors including Mike Boldt, Rahma Rodaah and Tololwa Mollel.
12 - 1 p.m.  Writing Love  Our current featured writer, Rayanne Haines hosts a panel of writers who write about love, sex and everything in-between.
Panelists include Jennifer Snow, Billy-Ray Belcourt and songwriter Carrie Day.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Writing Awards Our Writer-in-Residence, Darrin Hagen, hosts a panel discussion with recent award winners from Alberta.
Panelists include Billy-Ray Belcourt, Celeigh Cardinal and Collin Doyle.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Children's Author Panel Kids ages 7 to 14 will be invited to join Marty Chan in the children's area for readings and a Q&A session with local children's authors.
Panelists include Scott Person, Karen Spafford-Fitz, Debby Waldman and Rita Feutl.
3 - 4 p.m. Writing Truth Metro Writer-in-Residence Michael Hingston hosts a discussion with writers who delve into non-fiction, personal stories and hard truths.
Panelists include Anna Marie Sewall, Shawna Lemay and Matthew Stepanic.

Participating Writers:

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2018

Whitemud Crossing Branch -145 Whitemud Crossing Shopping Centre, 4211 - 106 Street

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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