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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

Shopping for Change, edited by history professors Joseph Tohill (York / Ryerson) and Louis Hyman (Cornell), shows readers what has been possible for consumer activists in the past and what might be possible for today's consum...

Icon of the event Rind in the Marmalade -  A Headhunter's Tales
Tue May 16, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Tony van Straubenzee worked in human resources on Toronto's Bay Street, specializing in executive-level headhunting. Needing only two comfortable chairs, he has interviewed every personality type and witnessed the range of hu...

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 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 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 The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson : Separating Fact from Fiction
Tue Jul 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Cultural historian Gregory Klages reviews the historical records related to Tom Thomson's mysterious passing....

Icon of the event The World is Against Kelly Oxford (RUSH SEATS ONLY)
Tue May 02, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Kelly Oxford is the author of the New York Times bestseller Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar. Her new book When You Find Out the World is Against You is a collection of essays and memories of awful moments....

Icon of the event Albert Lahmer Memorial Lecture: The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear
Thu May 11, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Robert McCracken Peck, author of The Natural History of Edward Lear (Fall, 2016), speaks on the remarkable life and natural history paintings of beloved children's author Edward Lear. This event is presented by the Osborne Co...

Icon of the event Kwentong Bayan Collective
Mon May 08, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Kwentong Bayan Collective will present a talk on how we understand Philippine colonialism through the readings of historical comics during American occupation, the work of Filipino komikeros of past and present and how we use...

Icon of the event Elizabeth Strout: Painfully Human
Tue May 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Olive Kitteridge. Her latest book, Anything Is Possible, was written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and draws on the small-town characters evoked there....