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The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, located on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library, is a place where writers, thinkers, artists and innovators come together for conversation and debate.

Since opening in 2009, we have hosted a wide array of fascinating people, including Umberto Eco, Jeffery Eugenides, Malcolm Gladwell, John Irving, Donna Leon, Stephen Lewis, Anne Rice, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Trudeau, Tim Flannery, Jeanette Winterson, 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.

Upcoming Events

Guy Vanderhaeghe
Tue, Apr 28 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Guy Vanderhaeghe on

Canada Prize Ceremony
Wed, Apr 29 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join internationally renowned author MG Vassanji to celebrate this year's best books b...

Kate Mulgrew - SOLD OUT
Fri, May 01 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Lauded for her work as Captain Janeway and the inimitable Red on Orange is the New Bla...

Dispatches from the Frontiers of Science - SOLD OUT
Wed, May 06 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Is our universe the only one? How do we prevent a zombie plague? Will biometrics elimi...

Chris Hedges - SOLD OUT
Tue, May 12 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of

Chefs in the Salon
Fri, May 15 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Award-winning television personality and bestselling cookbook author Laura Calder (

Jeff Rubin in Conversation with Rudyard Griffiths
Wed, May 20 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Former Chief Economist and Chief Strategist at CIBC World Markets and author of the na...

Pan Am Poetry Slam
Fri, May 22 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

In the spirit of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Canada's most talented young poets tak...

Ninth Annual June Callwood Lecture: David Suzuki
Wed, May 27 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Drawing on his own experiences, Dr. David Suzuki challenges us to live with courage, c...

National Aborighinal Day: We Keep The Stories
Sun, Jun 21 | 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Take part in a traditional round dance led by the Smoke Trail Singers and several memb...

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