October 31st, 2020

Library hosts Smart for Speaker Series

By Bobinec, Greg on November 11, 2019.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


The Lethbridge Public Library will welcome the latest guest in their Centennial Speaker Series, Elizabeth Smart on Tuesday.

The abduction of Smart was one of the most followed news stories of 2002, as it realized the fears of many parents. At the age of 14, Smart was abducted from her family home and held captive for nine months. Sixteen years after her rescue, Elizabeth is happily married and the mother of two children.

During her visit, Smart will not be speaking on her own story of perseverance, but on topics such as overcoming extreme adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing your past to dictate your future.

In addition to being an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery problems, and national legislation, Smart is also the author of several books. Her first book, My Story, was a New York Times best-seller and details the experiences of her abduction and rescue. She wrote her second book in 2018 called Where There’s Hope which described what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on and reclaim one’s life. It is both an up-close and personal glimpse into her healing process and heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.

The two events at the Yates Memorial Theatre will start at 1 and 7 p.m., with doors opening at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Both events will include a keynote talk from Smart followed by a question-and-answer period and a book singing. The University of Lethbridge Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of Smart’s books. Both events are sold out.

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