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The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a literary and cultural programming space on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

Upcoming Events

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George Saunders: Lincoln's Lost Son (RUSH SEATS ONLY)

Fri, Apr 07 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, award winning George Saunders. Linco...

Amanda Lang: Avoiding What We Need

Tue, Apr 18 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Amanda Lang's new book, The Beauty of Discomfort, explores how pushing ourselves to po...

Killer Crime Club

Wed, Apr 19 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sara Paretsky's Fall Out revisits the beloved, VI Warshawski, who spends a month in La...

Toronto Star Short Story Contest

Wed, Apr 19 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Toronto Star invites you to celebrate the winners of their annual Short Story Cont...

Lisa See: The Bonds of Mothers and Daughters

Mon, Apr 24 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

A powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance. Bes...

Jeff Lemire: Roughnecks and Redemption

Fri, Apr 28 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

From the bestselling graphic novelist of Essex County, Descender, and The Underwater W...

Critical Crossroads with Douglas Rushkoff

Mon, May 01 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

One of todays most critically acclaimed media critics and theorists, Rushkoff discusse...

The World is Against Kelly Oxford

Tue, May 02 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Kelly Oxford is the author of the New York Times bestseller Everything is Perfect When...

Jo Nesbo: Tinder Killer - ATRIUM

Thu, May 11 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Regarded as one of the world's leading crime writers, Nesbo Resturns with the latest H...

Elizabeth Strout: Painfully Human

Tue, May 16 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Olive Kitteridge. Her latest ...

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Event tickets

NEW for 2017: Free tickets are released three weeks before each event and are available to book starting at 9 a.m.

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 before the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.

There is a limit of two tickets per valid email address.

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The Appel Salon is a versatile, centrally-located venue for meetings, weddings, and special and corporate events.