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.

Tickets are now available on!

"If we want healthy cities, we need people to have a sense of belonging - not just a civic address." - Andre Picard

EPL is pleased to partner with the City of Edmonton to present Andre Picard - "Hello, How Are You?": Combatting Urban Isolation on Monday, May 15th at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel.

Andre Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail who has been honored for his dedication to improving healthcare. He was named Canada's first "Public Health Hero" by the Canadian Public Health Association and as a "Champion of Mental Health"  by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. Picard will explore the isolation that often occurs in urban settings and how, as a community, we can come together to build connections.

WHEN: Monday, May 15, 2017, 7PM (Doors open at 6PM)
WHERE: Chateau Lacombe Hotel
TICKETS: Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 12 starting at 10am on Eventbrite. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $75 for Library Lovers Experience tickets which include a premium seat at the event and access to post event reception with Andre Picard. Ticket sales from this event will support the Stanley A. Milner Library Revitalization Project.

Please note that tickets are only available through Eventbrite and will not be sold at EPL branch locations. 

The ticket lottery is now closed, ticket winners will be notified by Friday, March 31, 2017.

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
The ticket lottery is now closed, ticket winners will be notified by Friday, March 31, 2017.

If you have any questions about this event or with the ticketing process please email

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