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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

Ann Patchett (SOLD OUT) - Rush Seats Only
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...

Siddhartha Mukherjee: Personalized Medicine (Sold Out) - Rush Seats Only
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.

A fascinating discussion about the changing roles of museums in ├Żour ever densifying u...

Mike Myers (Sold Out) - Simulcast Seating Available
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...

Beatles '66 and all that with Mark Lewisohn
Sat, Oct 22 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mark Lewisohn goes deep in his chronicling of the Beatles with Tune In, part one of hi...

Romeo Dallaire (SOLD OUT) - Rush Seats Only
Thu, Oct 27 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The retired general and former senator on his new memoir, Waiting for First Light: My ...

Star Talks: Robert Harris
Wed, Nov 02 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The bestselling author of The Ghost Former BBC journalist and bestselling author histo...

Colson Whitehead
Mon, Nov 07 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The essayist, author (Sag Harbor) and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow on his new novel, The ...

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