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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

Star Talks: Mariel Hemingway
Mon, Aug 10 | 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The famed American actor and author on her memoir,

Rich Terfry
Mon, Aug 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Star CBC Radio host Rich Terfry presents the true story of his alter ego, musician Buc...

Kathy Reichs
Mon, Aug 24 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The New York Times bestseller, forensic anthropologist and producer of the hit Fox TV ...

Lawrence Hill
Tue, Sep 08 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Negroes presents his highly antici...

David Lagercrantz
Wed, Sep 16 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Swedish author David Lagercrantz on

Democracy 360: Follow the Leader?
Thu, Sep 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Democracy 360: Follow the Leader?...

Kate Beaton
Tue, Sep 22 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The New York Times bestselling creator of the comic strip

Salman Rushdie
Thu, Sep 24 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Inspired by 2000 years of storytelling, the award winning author of Midnight's Childre...

Wab Kinew
Mon, Sep 28 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

First Nations broadcaster, musician and activist with The Reason You Walk, a novel on ...

Eh List: Will Ferguson
Mon, Oct 05 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and three time award winner of the Stephen L...

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