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Wordfest & Taylor Centre Present Dr. Jen Gunter

Wordfest & Taylor Centre Present Dr. Jen Gunter
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Wordfest, alongside our presenting partner Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, is thrilled to announce Dr. Jen Gunter's return to Calgary with her new book, Blood: The science, medicine, and mythology of menstruation. The galvanizing conversation about women's health, hosted by journalist Christina Frangou, starts at 7PM MT and will be followed by a book signing, fuelled by Owl’s Nest Books.

The show takes place at Mount Royal University's Bella Concert Hall and includes assigned seating. Student pricing is available, as it is important for Dr. Gunter that every generation be part of this vital conversation about women's health.

If you have a question for Dr. Gunter, please submit it in advance at this link

We are grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making this show possible.
Regular: $25-$35 + GST & Fees
Student: $15 + GST & Fees (Balcony Rows A-C only)*

*Must have valid ID from a school or post-secondary institution. To access student pricing, choose your seats in the balcony section, then select the $15 price from the drop-down menu before completing the remaining checkout steps. For assistance, please contact 403.440.7770.

About Blood: The science, medicine, and mythology of menstruation

The new book from Dr. Jen Gunter, #1 bestselling author of The Vagina Bible and The Menopause Manifesto, dispels the shame, mythology, and misinformation around menstruation with scientific facts, medical expertise, and a fierce feminist perspective.

Most of us know about as much about how the uterus and ovaries function as we do about how the liver works. Add in societal shame around the menstrual cycle and it’s not surprising that misinformation is widespread. But, as women’s health advocate and trusted OB-GYN Dr. Jen Gunter writes, “you don’t have to think about your liver five days a month for 30 years, so I’d argue people should know more about the uterus." Enter Blood

In her new book, Dr. Gunter offers a clear, no-nonsense guide to reproductive anatomy and answers all the questions you never knew you had about menstrual bleeding – for example, where does the blood come from? And where does it go if you miss a period? Why do we even menstruate in the first place? With her expertise and trademark wit, Dr. Gunter debunks myths and challenges patriarchal attitudes toward this natural bodily process.

Surprising, funny, and fact-filled, Blood is an essential and empowering resource from the doctor who "takes the mystery out of women’s health and replaces it with evidence-informed concrete recommendations." (Lori Brotto, Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health)

About Dr. Jen Gunter
Dr. Jen Gunter is board certified in OB/GYN and pain medicine. She writes about the intersection of women's health, sex, science, and pop culture for the New York Times. She has been called a fierce advocate for women's health, Twitter's gynecologist, and "strangely confident" by She believes an empowered patient requires facts and she is here to fix the medical Internet and smash the patriarchy. Visit her website at drjengunter and follow her on Threads @drjengunter.

About Host Christina Frangou
Christina Frangou is a Calgary journalist who writes about health and social issues. Her stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Maclean's and The Guardian, among others, and cover topics like refugee health, domestic violence, loneliness and widowhood. Frangou has received a National Newspaper Award and multiple National Magazine Awards for feature writing. In 2022, she was awarded the Landsberg Award from the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Canadian Journalism Foundation for her work shedding light on gender injustice in Canada. Visit her website at and follow her on Threads @thatcmf.

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