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Author Talks & Lectures

Icon of the event Nnedi Okorafor at the Merril Collection
Fri Mar 06, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lillian H. Smith

Award-winning fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor discusses writing and fantasy at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, March 5, in the lower level, Lillian Smith branch, 239 College Street, starting at 7PM.

Icon of the event 2015 Bluma Lecture: Louise Arbour
Wed Mar 04, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Louise Arbour, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, joins us for the Third Annual Bluma Lecture. Few people have tackled more wicked problems so when she asks if our rea...

Icon of the event Fixing our broken food system
Tue Apr 07, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Our food system is not working properly. Diet-related illnesses are on the rise. Many farmers are going broke. Water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture keep increasing. In part II of this serie...

Icon of the event THE SECOND:  A Novel about Spirituality, Religion, and Politics by Alan J Cooper
Tue Apr 14, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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A half-century ago, when baby boomers reached their teens, there began a giant drop in traditional church attendance. At the same time, there came to grow a spiritual hunger as manifested in ecological awareness, human rights...

Icon of the event Miranda July - SOLD OUT
Thu Jan 29, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Miranda July is an acclaimed filmmaker, artist, and bestselling author of...

Icon of the event Treehouse Talks
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm on recurring dates listed below
Toronto Reference Library

Ongoing event running from: Fri. Jan. 9, 2015 - Fri June 12, 2015...


Upcoming Dates:
Fri Feb 13
Icon of the event Emerging Voices Creative Writers' Conference 2015
Sat Feb 07, 2015 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

This free creative writing conference for youth 17-24 gives young writers a chance to meet and interact with a variety of professionals, students and other young writers, and celebrate the diversity of Toronto's writing commu...

Icon of the event Canada Reads: One Book to Break Barriers
Wed Mar 04, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Join Mary Ito, host of CBC Radio One's Fresh Air, as we celebrate the launch of the 2015 edition of Canada Reads with the shortlisted finalists:...

Icon of the event Kazuo Ishiguro
Tue Mar 17, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Kazuo Ishiguro, the critically acclaimed author of...

Icon of the event 12th Albert Lahmer Memorial Lecture
Thu Mar 19, 2015 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lillian H. Smith

The Osborne Collection of Early Children's books presents Jan Andrews, author and storyteller, who will deliver the 12th Albert Lahmer Memorial Lecture: "Into the Darkness and Out: Dreams of a Children's Author for Her Reader...