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Icon of the event Big, Bold and Loud: The Sex Worker in Adele Wiseman's Crackpot
Thu May 18, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Hoda is one of Canada's most original creations: an oversized Jewish prostitute who serves the boys and men of North End Winnipeg. Shunned at first, she is eventually welcomed into the heart of her community - a familiar and...

Icon of the event The Vimy Trap
Tue Apr 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

or, How We Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Great War...

Icon of the event Fairly Equal: Lawyering the Feminist Revolution
Tue May 30, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Legal expert and feminist activist Linda Silver Dranoff was a key player in the uphill challenge to equalize the position of Canadian women under the law. Through memoir and social history she brings to life specific examples...

Icon of the event The CanLit Boom of the 1960's
Tue Jun 06, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

It was a literary explosion unlike anything the country had ever experienced. The so-called CanLit Boom included writers like Margaret Atwood, Marie-Claire Blais, Leonard Cohen, Alice Munro and Mordecai Richler. Nick Mount pr...

Icon of the event Boneshaker Reading Series
Tue Mar 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: St. Clair/Silverthorn

Authors Concetta Principe and Soraya Peerbaye read from their work. Hosted by Lillian Necakov.

Icon of the event Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer
Mon Jun 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Any Other Way describes Oscar Wilde's trip to Toronto; early cruising areas and gay/lesbian bars; queer shared houses; a pioneering collective trans archive project; bath house raids; LBGT-police conflicts; the Queen Street a...

Icon of the event Enemies, Allies & Antiquities: From Versailles to Acadia
Wed Mar 29, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Historical fiction writers Sally Christie, Roberta Rich and...

Icon of the event Romani Women in Canada: Spectrum of the Blue Water
Thu May 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Cynthia Levine-Rasky's book links everyday experience and a social critique of the factors that enable and constrain women's lives. Life writing, creative writing, and research essays by twenty individuals: Romani women, wome...

Icon of the event Notes in a Minor Key: Writing Life and Loss in Miriam Toews' All My Puny Sorrows
Thu May 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Fairview

Miriam Toews is known for her quirky, closely-observed portraits of family, community, and the joys and heartbreaks of human existence. In her most recent novel, All My Puny Sorrows (2014), Toews draws on her own experience o...

Icon of the event Historical Gardens of Tuscany
Tue Mar 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Starting in Florence, Donna Fenice takes us on a journey to some of the most beautiful public and private gardens of this endlessly enchanting region, providing insights along the way into the historical forces that inspired ...