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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

Free tickets are required for all events. Learn more about event tickets

Salman Rushdie: The Golden House (RUSH SEATS ONLY)

Thu, Sep 21 | 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Rushdie discusses The Golden House, an epic that explores contemporary politics and cu...

Claire Messud: The Burning Girl

Mon, Oct 02 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Messud discusses her latest novel, a coming-of-age story that asks: to what extent can...

2017 Toronto Book Awards

Thu, Oct 12 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Toronto Book Awards. Hosted by ...

MERE: An Evening in Honour of Maria Campbell and Louise Halfe

Fri, Oct 13 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating excellence in Indigenous storytelling and literature, and the lifetime ach...

Alan Doyle: A Newfoundlander in Canada

Mon, Oct 16 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Author of the bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle d...


Sun, Oct 22 | 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A festival of books and reading for young adults. BookShout! will bring together some ...

Killer Crime Club (ATRIUM)

Wed, Oct 25 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The bestselling Gilly Macmillan, in conversation with the brightest voices in grip-lit...

Orhan Pamuk: The Red-Haired Woman

Fri, Oct 27 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Nobel Prize-winning, Orhan Pamuk, talks about his new novel, a tale of tradition versu...

Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach

Mon, Oct 30 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Pulitzer Prize-winner discusses her long awaited historical novel....

STAR TALKS: Alexander McCall Smith

Mon, Nov 06 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series in conversation about his new nove...

All Events

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.

Past events

Watch videos of past events on our YouTube channel.

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The Appel Salon is a versatile, centrally-located venue for meetings, weddings, and special and corporate events.


Toronto Public Library is committed to providing equitable access to library service in a welcoming and supportive environment. A limited number of hearing assist devices are made available to all attendees at the Appel Salon bar. If special seating is required for any of the Appel Salon events, prior arrangements can be made by contacting event staff at Please contact staff only once you have obtained an event ticket. We may not be able to accommodate requests on the day of our Appel Salon events.

Toronto Public Library is committed to the protection of your privacy and will never sell, rent, trade, or disclose your personal information, including your e-mail address, to a third party without your consent or where not explicitly authorized by the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M.56.