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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. Be part of the ongoing conversation with new books and new ideas at one of Toronto's signature event spaces for the literary & performing arts, politics and pop culture.

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

Jonathan Safran Foer
Fri, Sep 09 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on his...

Carl Hiaasen
Tue, Sep 20 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Miami-based columnist, humourist and author on his new novel Razor Girl. With writ...

Star Talks: Ross King
Mon, Sep 26 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The author of Leonardo and the Last Supper on his new novel, Mad Enchantment: Claude M...

The eh List: Emma Donoghue
Tue, Sep 27 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Canadian superstar author of Room and Frog Music on her new novel, The Wonder With...

Ann Patchett
Wed, Oct 05 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder on her new novel, Commonwealth...

Toronto Book Awards
Tue, Oct 11 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for the announcement of the winner of the 2016 Toronto Book Awards. Hosted by ...

Cartoonist Sarah Glidden - ATRIUM
Thu, Oct 13 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join cartoonist Sarah Glidden as she discusses her latest graphic nonfiction tour de f...

It's All About You: Siddhartha Mukherjee and Personalized Medicine
Mon, Oct 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Cutting Edge: Exploring new ideas at the intersection of Health and Technology 20...

The Future Museum
Tue, Oct 18 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The new heads of the AGO and the ROM on the future of museums in the digital age. Mode...

Mike Myers
Fri, Oct 21 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

One of Canada's most famous sons presents his new book, a funny and thoughtful analysi...

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