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Icon of the event Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lecture: Celia Barker Lottridge
Thu Nov 05, 2015 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lillian H. Smith

Every writer gets asked the classic question, "Where do you get your stories?" Children's author and storyteller, Celia Barker Lottridge reveals her unique family history as the inspiration behind many of her award-winning bo...

Icon of the event Carrie Brownstein
Tue Nov 17, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The creator and co-star of the Emmy-nominated Portlandia on self-invention, punk rock and her memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl....

Icon of the event Margaret Atwood
Wed Nov 11, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

The award-winning author of...

Icon of the event Hub Talk: Bringing 3D Printing to Uganda
Thu Sep 10, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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University of Toronto Professor Matt Ratto discusses how he worked with a research team, a charitable organization, and Autodesk Inc. to bring 3D printing technology to Uganda and to train local technicians to 3D print lower-...

Icon of the event Why we and other living things sleep
Thu Sep 24, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The human brain is the most complex known machine in the universe, yet it shuts itself off from the outside world each and every day, for hours on end. Why? This talk identifies why rest and sleep evolved in living things. T...

Icon of the event NEW DATE! Star Talks: Mariel Hemingway - SOLD OUT
Thu Aug 13, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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*NEW DATE: Please note the day of the event has been changed to August 13 (originally scheduled for August 10). All tickets with an August 10 date will be valid on August 13*...

Icon of the event Sybille Pantazzi Memorial Lecture: George Walker
Thu Oct 08, 2015 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lillian H. Smith

"Illustrating Alice: Celebrating 150 Years of Artists Who Have Brought Carroll's Story to Life"...

Icon of the event Li Jun and the Iron Road book launch
Thu Nov 12, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lillian H. Smith

Meet Anne Tait, author of this adventure-romance based on the award-winning movie, Iron Road....

Icon of the event Flesh and Blood Characters - Young Voices Writing Workshop
Thu Aug 13, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Characters make or break your fiction. It's quite simple: readers will only read to the end if they care what happens to the people in the story, and they're only going to care if those people feel real. In this hands-on writ...

Icon of the event The Economics of Real Life:  A Common Sense Approach to Economics
Tue Oct 06, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Most people think economics is a dull, technical subject- filled with math, graphs, and complicated financial concepts. In other words, it's a subject best left to the "experts". But in fact, economics is something we all exp...