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Icon of the event Forest of Reading Author Visit: Robin Stevenson and
Mon May 15, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Annette Street

Join us for an author visit and discussion about LGBTQ rights with Robin Stevenson. She is the author of "Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community" (Orca Book Publishers, 2016), one of the nominated books for the Ontario Libr...

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 George Saunders: Lincoln's Lost Son (RUSH SEATS ONLY)
Fri Apr 07, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, award winning George Saunders. Lincoln in the Bardo takes place while the American Civil War rages and Abraham Lincoln's beloved son loses a battle with illness and is buried ...

Icon of the event Shopping for Change: Consumer Activism and the Possibilities of Purchasing Power
Thu May 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Consuming with a conscience is one of the fastest growing forms of political participation worldwide. Every day we make decisions about how to spend our money and, for the socially conscious, these decisions matter. Political...

Icon of the event Amanda Lang: Avoiding What We Need
Tue Apr 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Amanda Lang's new book, The Beauty of Discomfort, explores how pushing ourselves to points of discomfort can translate into success. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and providing examples and strategies from all over the...

Icon of the event TCAF 2017 Kick-Off: 25 Years of Image Comics!
Fri May 12, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns for it's 9th year to Toronto Reference Library, with a star-studded kick-off event! Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of premiere U.S. comic book publisher Image Comics, the event will s...

Icon of the event Toronto Star Short Story Contest
Wed Apr 19, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Star invites you to celebrate the winners of their annual Short Story Contest in the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery. The Toronto Star Short Story contest is one of North America's largest and most lucrativ...

Icon of the event 2017 June Callwood Lecture: Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Fri Jun 09, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Ahmad Danny Ramadan's history of working with organizations in the Middle East and his personal experience as a Syrian refugee have made him passionate about social justice and LGBTQ refugees' rights. His latest book, The Clo...

Icon of the event Kerry Clare's Secrets & Truths
Thu Apr 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Writer and editor of the

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...