EPL adds Neil Gaiman to 2018 speaker series

Celebrated writer to speak in Edmonton November 13

For immediate release:

EDMONTON, AB,  March 28, 2018 – Award winning and bestselling author Neil Gaiman will visit Edmonton this year, as part of the Edmonton Public Library’s (EPL) Forward Thinking Speaker Series.

EPL is proud to be hosting Gaiman, who is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages, as part of an already extraordinary 2018 speaking roster.

Gaiman will speak at the Shaw Conference Centre on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Tickets will be available for $20 starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 on Eventbrite through epl.ca, and all proceeds will support the revitalization of the Stanley A. Milner Library.

A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries”, Gaiman describes his varied art as: “I make things up and write them down”.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books, 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.

Gaiman is the sixth speaker to be announced as part of the 2018 Forward Thinking Speaker Series. Media critic and Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian and criminal defence lawyer Marie Henein have already visited Edmonton to speak in front of sold out crowds, while Canadian rugby star Jen Kish, Dragons’ Den venture capitalist Arlene Dickinson, and Indigenous comedian and activist Candy Palmater will do the same in the coming months.

The Forward Thinking Speaker Series started in 2015 and EPL has hosted nearly two dozen events over the past three-plus years, sharing diverse ideas and experiences thanks to thought-provoking speakers. The goal is always to inspire Edmontonians and make them think critically, and build not only on productive discussion, but ultimately a better community and society.

EPL is grateful to Edmonton Community Foundation for extending their support from previous events and partnering with the library for the entire 2018 season, as well as event sponsor University of Alberta Libraries and media sponsor Avenue Magazine.

For more information, visit epl.ca/speakerseries.




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About Edmonton Community Foundation
Edmonton Community Foundation acts as a bridge between donors and greater Edmonton charities to help create and maintain a strong, vibrant community for generations to come. Through permanent endowment funds, the Foundation disburses four per cent of the fund value to charities each year. ECF is the fourth-largest community foundation in Canada. 

For more information, contact
Heather McIntyre
Communications Specialist
Edmonton Public Library
Office: 780-496-7055
Cell: 780-819-4337