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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

On Stage: Dr. Jane Freeman on Hamlet
Tue, Mar 03 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Jane Freeman is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and author of numero...

2015 Bluma Lecture: Louise Arbour - SOLD OUT
Wed, Mar 04 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Louise Arbour, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Justice of the Sup...

Canada Reads: One Book to Break Barriers
Wed, Mar 04 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join Mary Ito, host of CBC Radio One's Fresh Air, as we celebrate the launch of the 20...

On Stage: Jeremy Lopez on Jonson's The Alchemist
Tue, Mar 10 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jeremy Lopez is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of English at the University o...

Star Talks: Andrew Morton - SOLD OUT
Thu, Mar 12 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Britain's Andrew Morton, bestselling author of

Kazuo Ishiguro - SOLD OUT
Tue, Mar 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Kazuo Ishiguro, the critically acclaimed author of

Erik Larson
Mon, Mar 23 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The bestselling author of

On Stage: Philippa Sheppard on Pericles
Tue, Mar 24 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Philippa Sheppard teaches Shakespeare with the Department of English at the University...

On Stage: Vivian Rakoff on Love's Labour's Lost
Tue, Mar 31 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Vivian Rakoff is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, former Chair of ...

Jane Urquhart
Wed, Apr 08 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The internationally acclaimed author of

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