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Rick Mercer Celebrates 100 Years of Literature

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) had it’s Centennial Anniversary on March 13, 2013 and is celebrating all year long with a variety of exciting activities designed to continue to promote and support public engagement with literature. Best of all, every event is FREE!

EPL cards are FREE during the Centennial celebrations; from March 13, 2013 – March 13, 2014, register for a card and enjoy access to hundreds of thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, music downloads, and magazines. Now, you also have access to hundreds of digital magazine edition with EPL’s new Zinio subscription, so you can download the latest issues of magazines from all genres — and they aren’t obscure titles, you’ll likely recognize US Weekly, Men’s Health, Rolling Stone, and Harper’s Bazaar among the hundreds of titles offered. Visit www.epl.ca for more information and to register for your card.

Rick Mercer will be in Edmonton for a talk addressing the importance of public libraries and access to free information in Canada on June 15. Photo courtesy of Edmonton Public Library.

The premier event takes place on Saturday, June 15 at 7 pm in the Myer Horowitz Theatre (University of Alberta Students Union Building, 8900-114 St.) as Canadian entertainment icon Rick Mercer presents “A Nation Worth Ranting About”. Mercer, a comedian and political satirist known for starring on This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report, will entertain and enlighten guests on the importance of public libraries and free access to information, and how open access is part of what makes Canada a great nation. Admission is free for anyone with a EPL Card.

Throughout July 2013, each EPL branch in the city will host a FREE BBQ celebration with food and family activities; everyone is welcome to attend.

Enjoy monthly drop-in workshops with centennial-year writers-in-residence Omar Mouallem and Natasha Deen, and learn from industry experts about professional writing practices. Topics include pitching for magazines, the art of rap music, and spoken word poetry. If you’re interested in writing professionally, you can drop by during their office hours for advice and/or feedback; visit www.epl.ca/writer-in-residence for more information.

A number of special events including film screenings, art and artifact exhibits, book sales, and live music performances will also take place throughout the year. Visit www.epl.ca for more info, and be sure to follow @whereedmonton on Twitter for timely, updated event information.

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