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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

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...

Star Talks: Colson Whitehead (SOLD OUT) - Rush Seats Available
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 ...

Songs of the Soldiers
Wed, Nov 09 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

A beautiful and moving evening, retelling the lives of two WW1 soldiers through music ...

Think Like an Astronaut: Chris Hadfield (SOLD OUT) Rush Seats Only
Fri, Nov 11 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Don't miss Canada's most famous astronaut on-stage at the Appel Salon, presenting the ...

Walter Mosley--CANCELLED
Thu, Nov 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Walter Mosley's appearance has been cancelled...

Zadie Smith
Tue, Dec 06 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The best-selling author of White Teeth and On Beauty talks about her new novel, Swing ...

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