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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. 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

The eh List Author Series: Linwood Barclay - No Safe House
Tue, Sep 09 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Linwood Barclay, Toronto-based thriller writer and bestselling author of nine critical...

Thomas King
Thu, Sep 11 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Thomas King speaks with CTV's Marci Ien about his first literary novel in 15 years,

Naomi Klein - SOLD OUT
Mon, Sep 15 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist and author of ...

Caitlin Moran - SOLD OUT
Mon, Sep 22 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join Caitlin Moran, the British bad girl writer and New York Times bestselling author ...

Bernard Cornwell
Mon, Sep 29 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the bestselling aut...

Ann-Marie MacDonald
Wed, Oct 01 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Bestselling and award-winning author on her first novel in 11 years,

Star Talks: Alan Doyle
Tue, Oct 14 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle w...

Toronto Book Awards 2014
Thu, Oct 16 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for the announcement of the 2014 Toronto Book Awards winner. Hosted by CBC's G...

5th Annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day
Sun, Oct 19 | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Small Print Toronto and Toronto Public Library invite you to celebrate the 50th annive...

The Poetry of the First World War
Wed, Oct 22 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Some of the most beautiful and resonant poetry ever written came out of WW1. Join us f...

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