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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

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...

Lena Dunham at the Appel Salon - SOLD OUT
Thu, Oct 23 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Steven Pinker - SOLD OUT
Fri, Oct 24 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Why is so much writing so awful, and how can we make it better? Is the English languag...

Star Talks: Bruce Cockburn
Wed, Nov 05 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

With more than 30 albums and numerous awards to his credit, Canadian music legend Bruc...

Justin Trudeau
Mon, Nov 10 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Karen Armstrong
Wed, Nov 19 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The acclaimed author of "A History of God" on her new book,

Conrad Black
Mon, Nov 24 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Conrad Black, acclaimed biographer and historian, returns with his reexamination of ou...

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