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The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a vibrant literary and cultural commons in the heart of the city, located on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library. It is a place where writers, thinkers, artists and innovators from around the world gather for conversation and debate.

Since opening in 2009, we have hosted a wide array of fascinating people, including Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Umberto Eco, Diana Gabaldon, Malcolm Gladwell, John Irving, Kazuo Ishiguro, Stephen Lewis, Kate Mulgrew, Salman Rushdie, Justin Trudeau, Bruce Cockburn and many others. Please join us at one of our upcoming events.

Free tickets required for all events

Free tickets become available four weeks before the event. You may begin to book tickets at 9 a.m. for all events. As most events are free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your reservation may not guarantee admission. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes prior to the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.

Limit two tickets per library customer.

Upcoming Events

RUSH SEATS ONLY Tenth Annual June Callwood Lecture: Open Heart, Open Mind
Wed, May 25 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Olympian Clara Hughes, Bell Canada's national spokesperson for the 'Let's Talk' campai...

Mon, May 30 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Booker Prize winning British author on his new novel The Noise of Time, dedicated ...

Thu, Jun 02 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

One of the great American novelists of our time on Zero K, a new novel exploring a sec...

RUSH SEATS ONLY Indigenous Writers' Gathering: Honouring the Elders
Fri, Jun 10 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden pays tribute to ground breaking Indigenou...

Emma Straub
Mon, Jun 13 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers on Modern Lovers. With Metro ...

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Mon, Jun 20 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Inuit activist on The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's ...

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