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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

John Vaillant
Tue, Jan 13 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

John Vaillant, the #1 bestselling, award-winning author of

Peter Carey
Thu, Jan 22 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Australia's two time Booker Prize winner on his new novel

Miranda July
Thu, Jan 29 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Miranda July is an acclaimed filmmaker, artist, and bestselling author of

The eh List Author Series: Miriam Toews
Mon, Feb 02 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Rogers Writers' Trust Ficiton Prize, Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist and Governor Gen...

The Borderless Plague: A Conversation about Ebola and its Global Ramifications
Sun, Feb 08 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Featuring Dr. James Maskalyk, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and author of

Norman Doidge, M.D.
Tue, Feb 10 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

In his revolutionary new book

Star Talks: Albert Schultz
Wed, Feb 11 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Albert Schultz, Canadian actor, director and Artistic Director of Canada's largest urb...

RBC Taylor Prize Awards
Thu, Feb 26 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Toronto Public Library and Harbourfront Centre's International Festival of Authors pre...

On Stage: Dr. Jane Freeman on Hamlet
Tue, Mar 03 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Jane Freeman is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and author of numero...

2015 Bluma Lecture: Louise Arbour
Wed, Mar 04 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Louise Arbour, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Justice of the Sup...

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