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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

Kevin Newman and Alex Newman
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

Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Tue, Oct 20 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The internationally bestselling author of

At the Appel Salon: Hazlitt Presents: From Within
Mon, Oct 26 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Journalists Gwynne Dyer and Farzana Hassan go beyond the headlines to explore the real...

SOLD OUT Jonathan Franzen
Tue, Oct 27 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

A dark-hued comedy of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The acclaimed a...

Ian Brown
Wed, Nov 04 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The award-winning author of

WWI: The Songs of the War Mothers (ATRIUM)
Mon, Nov 09 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

A weaving together of the experience of Canadian, French and German women whose sons f...

Margaret Atwood
Wed, Nov 11 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The award-winning author of

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