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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.

Upcoming Events

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

The internationally acclaimed author of

Democracy 360: Follow the Leader? (ATRIUM) - SOLD OUT
Wed, Sep 16 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

A pre-election debate on the kind of leadership Canada needs for the next four years. ...

David Lagercrantz
Thu, Sep 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Swedish author David Lagercrantz on

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

The New York Times bestselling creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant presents its...

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

The internationally acclaimed author of

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 ...

Kevin Newman with son Alex
Wed, Oct 07 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Emmy Award-winning network news correspondent and founding anchor of Global Nation...

2015 Toronto Book Awards
Thu, Oct 15 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Don't miss a star studded event with the finalists and the announcement of the 2015 wi...

Geraldine Brooks
Fri, Oct 16 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize winner explores the trials and triumphs of King David in

Patrick deWitt (ATRIUM)
Sun, Oct 18 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The bestselling author of

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