Forward Thinking Speaker Series


The Forward Thinking Speaker Series reflects EPL’s rich history of taking risks, trying new things, and redefining the modern library. EPL invites thought-leaders from a variety of industries speaking on a variety of topics to share their insights, ideas, experiences, and viewpoints, with the goal of helping us purposefully build better organizations, neighborhoods, and communities.

For a list of upcoming speakers please visit the Future Speakers page.

The ticket lottery is now open, please enter your information in the form below.

EPL will host A Conversation with Joseph Boyden on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The presentation will include an introduction with Elder Wilson Bearhead (Nakota) a member of the Wabamun Lake Indian Band in Treaty 6 territory.

In this engaging talk, at times funny, at times difficult, Joseph Boyden discusses his life to date as a writer including recent events. He'll share stories of real life inspirations and secrets of his craft, reading short passages from some of his bestselling and award-winning novels to highlight his tales.

Following his presentation there will be a 30 minute Q&A session.

WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7PM (Doors open at 6PM)
WHERE: ATB Financial Arts Barn
TICKETS: Tickets will be free for EPL cardholders through a ticket lottery. The ticket lottery will open at 10am on Wednesday, March 15th and will run until Sunday, March 26th.  Ticket winners will be notified by Friday, March 31, 2017. Duplicate entries will be removed.

Ticket Lottery - A Conversation with Joseph Boyden

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