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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.

Limit two tickets per library customer.

Upcoming Events

Mon, Dec 07 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The beloved author of

RUSH TICKETS ONLY Star Talks: Michael Connelly
Wed, Dec 09 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Harry Bosch teams up with Lincoln lawyer, Mickey Haller in

NEW DATE Carrie Brownstein
Thu, Dec 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This event has been rescheduled for December 17. All customers with November 17 ticket...

Gabrielle Hamilton
Mon, Jan 11 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The celebrated chef and author, Gabrielle Hamilton, joins author and journalist Ian Br...

Elizabeth Strout
Sun, Jan 24 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge on mother-daughter relationships...

Yann Martel
Mon, Feb 01 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The internationally bestselling author Yann Martel and Man Booker Prize winner of Life...

Muriel Barbery
Tue, Feb 09 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

From Paris, the internationally bestselling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Mu...

Marlon James
Thu, Feb 18 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The celebrated Jamaican novelist and 2015 Man Booker Prize winner, Marlon James, on A ...

Daniel Clowes
Mon, Feb 29 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Academy Award nominated creator of Eightball, Ghost World and Wilson, Daniel Clowe...

Shakespeare 400: The Breath of Kings with Graham Abbey
Tue, Mar 01 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Actor and director Graham Abbey explores redemption and rebellion in Shakespeare's his...

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