Future Speakers

2018 Lineup

Since 2014, the Forward Thinking Speaker Series has showcased over fifteen leaders who have challenged our way of thinking and have shared their stories with Edmontonians. Past presenters have included Sir Salman Rushdie, Olympian Karina LeBlanc, Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Reza Aslan and George Takei.

In 2018, EPL and Edmonton Community Foundation will give cardholders the opportunity to access these acclaimed speakers:

Circle your calendars!  EPL in partnership with the Edmonton Community Foundation and the University of Alberta Libraries are excited to present award-winning and best-selling author Neil Gaiman as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series on Tuesday, November 13th at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Tickets will be available for $20-$40 starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12 on Eventbrite. All proceeds will support the revitalization of the Stanley A. Milner Library.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books, Neil Gaiman is known for works such as contemporary fantasy novel American Gods, young adults’ story Coraline and children’s novel The Graveyard Book. His Sandman comics have been called groundbreaking, and he is known as a creator of not only fiction and comics, but also of screenplays, song lyrics, poetry, journalism and multimedia works. A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries”, Gaiman describes his varied art as: “I make things up and write them down”.

Watch epl.ca for more details on tickets as they come available.


Arlene Dickinson - Lessons from the Den: The Journey to Success
Wednesday, September 19. 2018
Ramada Kingsway
Tickets on sale Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10am. General Admission seats are $10 and Library Lover Experience tickets are $100.


The Road Less Travelled by Candy Palmater
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
ATB Financial Arts Barn
Tickets on sale Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10am. General Admission seats are $10.


All ticket proceeds support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

Thank you to our partners:

Is there a speaker that you would like to see at a future Forward Thinking Speaker Series presentation? Please send us your recommendations to events@epl.ca.

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