Banff Book Discussion Weekend 2024

About Us

About Us

The Banff Book Discussion is a non-profit society that is organized and run by book-loving volunteers.  Each year we hold one event, which is the Banff Book Discussion Weekend (BBDW).  The BBDW is held at the Banff Centre, usually on or about the last week in May.  We discuss four books during the weekend, one on Friday evening, two on Saturday and one on Sunday Morning.  We invite the author of one of our discussion books and discuss his/her book on Saturday morning.  After the Saturday discussion we have a private presentation on the book.

This year our guest author is Suzette Mayr

She will be discussing her novel The Sleeping Car Porter

Suzette Mayr


Over the years we have enjoyed and been entertained by many accomplished authors.  Below are some of our guest authors.  Our Historical Book list 1961 – 2023 link (found in the footer) identify the authors who have attended our weekend over the last 62 years. 

It’s the who’s who of Canadian Authors.

Terry Fallis
The Best Laid Plans
Katherena Vermette
The Break
Lynn Coady
Watching You Without Me
Elizabeth Hay
Joan Clark
Tyler Trafford
Andrew Davidson
Linden MacIntyre
Gil Adamson
Sandra Gulland
Sharon Butala
Robert Sawyer
Frances Itani
Hiromi Gotto
Alistair MacLeod
No Great Mischief
Sid Marty
Switch Back
Marina Endicott
Sandra Birdsell
Shannon Cowan
Leaving Winter
Gail Anderson-Dargetz
A Recipe for Bees
Bill Richardson
Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast
Aritha Van Herk
The Tent Peg 1985
Fred Stenson
The Trade 2001
Thomas Wharton
Icefields 1997
Anne Michaels
Fugitive Pieces 1999
Rosemary Nixon
The Cocks Egg 1995
Peter Oliva
Drowning in Darkness 1996
Roberta Rees
Beneath the Faceless Mountain 2004
Lauralie Wright
The Suspect 1987
Catherine Simmons Niven
A Fine Daughter 2005
Francesca Ekwuyasi
Butter Honey Pig Bread
Banff Book Discussion Weekend 2024