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Icon of the event Driverless Cars in Toronto
Thu Oct 13, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

David Ticoll, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School, University of Toronto provides a glimpse into our future with driverless cars. Learn how automated vehicles will transform our city and the ...

Icon of the event Beatles '66 and all that with Mark Lewisohn
Sat Oct 22, 2016 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Mark Lewisohn goes deep in his chronicling of the Beatles with Tune In, part one of his three-volume history, The Beatles: All These Years. Join Lewisohn for his only North American appearance of 2016, in conversation with Pi...

Icon of the event Zadie Smith
Tue Dec 06, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The best-selling author of White Teeth and On Beauty talks about her new novel, Swing Time....

Icon of the event Toronto?s Poor -  A Rebellious History
Tue Jan 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Toronto?s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people?s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of ...

Icon of the event Public Speaking for Kids
Sat Nov 19, 2016 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Morningside

Do you have a problem speaking in front of crowds? The good news is public speaking is learnable. Ages 8-12....

Icon of the event Toronto Book Awards
Tue Oct 11, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Join us for the announcement of the winner of the 2016 Toronto Book Awards. Hosted by CBC's Gill Deacon....

Icon of the event Cultural Identities and Writing City Stories
Wed Nov 09, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Who are the authors behind Toronto's stories of the past, present and future? Join panelists John Lorinc, Senior Editor of Spacing magazine, Arlene Chan, contributor to The Ward, Jael Richardson, founder of the Festival of Li...

Icon of the event Lands of Enchantment: A History of Fairy Tales
Wed Dec 07, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Enthralling stories of princesses, princes, talking animals, spells, journeys and transformations ? explore five hundred years of fairy tales in this illustrated talk featuring images from Toronto Public Library's Osborne Col...

Icon of the event Colson Whitehead
Mon Nov 07, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The essayist, author (Sag Harbor) and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow on his new novel, The Underground Railroad, a 2016 Oprah's Bookclub pick....

Icon of the event 29th Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lecture: David Day
Thu Nov 03, 2016 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Celebrated author and critic, David Day presents "Let Us Compare Mythologies", a lecture exploring fantasy literature and imaginary worlds, with a particular focus on J.R.R. Tolkien.