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Icon of the event Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son
Mon Feb 02, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pape/Danforth

Caught between two cultures and races -- Being seperated from his Jamaican family for 2 decades due to his Chinese father premature death, Vincent Lee returned to search for his family, identity and belonging. A Q & A session...

Icon of the event Chagall with Professor Elizabeth Legge.U of T. Chair. Fine Art
Fri Mar 20, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Deer Park

Marc Chagall, an ever popular artist, has tended to be sidelined in the art history of the twentieth century. This talk explores Chagall's peculiar gifts and the ways that fits, or does not fit, with the more usual stories of...

Icon of the event Maria Coletta McLean. Summers in Supino. Becoming Italian
Tue Feb 17, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Deer Park

McLean returns to her roots and explores the ecentric, passionate lives of the small community of Supino, south of Rome, a community celebrating the first figs, artichoke and azelea festivals. McLean breathes life into the sm...

Icon of the event  Forbidden Fruit: A Brief History of Literary Censorship
Thu Mar 12, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Deer Park

Since the days of Socrates people have tried to silence the thoughts of authors by challenging, censoring, and banning their works. Pearce Carefoote of U of T?s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library offers a brief historical overv...

Icon of the event Freedom to Read Week: The Death of Dissent: How Governments Kill Criticism
Tue Feb 24, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North York Central Library

Civil society is feeling a chill: Canada Revenue Agency audits hit charities and policy groups, scientists are defunded or tied up in bureaucracy, and a culture of secrecy in Ottawa is shutting down investigative journalism. ...

Icon of the event Ten Women Who Changed Toronto
Tue Mar 10, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North York Central Library

This talk, given by Pat Staton, is inspired by her recent book "Toronto Women: A Walk Through History". The book features eight neighbourhood walks, with maps and brief biographies of more than eighty women, past and present ...

Icon of the event Author Reading. The Promise of Provence. Patricia Sands
Tue Jan 13, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Deer Park

After a year of heartbreak Katherine Price is trying out a home exchange in the south of France.Is it too late for a middle aged woman to start again?...

Icon of the event Alison Matthews on Fashion Victims The  Pleasures and Perils of dress
Tue Feb 03, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Deer Park

Join Alison Matthews David,associate professor of fashion at Ryersona as she examines the hazards found in materials used for clothes in the nineteenth century. Highly flammable hair combs, fabrics colured with toxic substan...

Icon of the event Stories about Storytellers: An Evening with Doug Gibson
Tue Mar 10, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Deer Park

Hear Douglas Gibson (Alice Munro's editor) tell stories about the many famous authors he worked with in the course of his long career as an editor and publisher. Featuring authors like Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pier...

Icon of the event Eating for a Living
Wed Feb 18, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North York Central Library

Join Toronto Star food editor/Saucy Lady columnist Jennifer Bain as she provides a free-ranging talk on topics such as her 15 years 'eating for a living', how she got into food writing and how that has changed, the changing f...