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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

Caitlin Moran - SOLD OUT
Mon, Sep 22 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join Caitlin Moran, the British bad girl writer and New York Times bestselling author ...

Bernard Cornwell
Mon, Sep 29 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the bestselling aut...

Ann-Marie MacDonald - SOLD OUT
Wed, Oct 01 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Bestselling and award-winning author on her first novel in 11 years,

Star Talks: Alan Doyle
Tue, Oct 14 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle w...

Toronto Book Awards 2014
Thu, Oct 16 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for the announcement of the 2014 Toronto Book Awards winner. Hosted by CBC's G...

5th Annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day
Sun, Oct 19 | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Small Print Toronto and Toronto Public Library invite you to celebrate the 50th annive...

The Poetry of the First World War
Wed, Oct 22 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Some of the most beautiful and resonant poetry ever written came out of WW1. Join us f...

Steven Pinker
Fri, Oct 24 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Why is so much writing so awful, and how can we make it better? Is the English languag...

Star Talks: Bruce Cockburn
Wed, Nov 05 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

With more than 30 albums and numerous awards to his credit, Canadian music legend Bruc...

Justin Trudeau
Mon, Nov 10 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau talks about his candid memoir

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