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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

On Stage: Jane Freeman on Love's Labour's Lost
Tue, Mar 31 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Jane Freeman is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and author of numero...

Jane Urquhart
Wed, Apr 08 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Appearance by the internationally acclaimed author of

2015 SPUR Festival: Alone Together
Thu, Apr 09 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Psychologist, journalist and bestselling author Susan Pinker and a panel of experts di...

Lori Lansens and Sara Gruen
Tue, Apr 21 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Two celebrated novelists. Lori Lansens on

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

Guy Vanderhaeghe on

Canada Prize Ceremony - 5:30 PM START TIME
Wed, Apr 29 | 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

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

Kate Mulgrew
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
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
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 join...

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