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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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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 (RUSH SEATS ONLY)

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 ...

Dennis Lehane: Unimaginable Fears

Wed, May 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

From the bestselling author of Live by Night, Gone, Baby, Gone, Mystic River and Shutt...

Paula Hawkins: Into the Water

Thu, May 18 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Author of the global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her...

Tracy Chevalier: New Boy

Tue, May 23 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where ...

2017 June Callwood Lecture: Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Fri, Jun 09 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Ahmad Danny Ramadan's history of working with organizations in the Middle East and his...

Star Talks: Is Fake News the New Propaganda?

Tue, Jun 13 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tim Wu & Craig Silverman discuss the blight of fake news. In conjunction with the Cana...

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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.