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Icon of the event Common Misconceptions about the Universe: From Everyday Life to the Big Bang
Wed Jan 18, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Many people have deeply-held misconceptions about the most basic of...

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 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 Psychiatry and the Business of Madness
Tue Dec 06, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

University of Toronto Professor Bonnie Burstow, author of 'Psychiatry and the Business of Madness', presents a fundamental critique of psychiatry. Burstow makes the case that psychiatry's tenets are unfounded, that psychiatry...

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 Denise Donlon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Northern District

One of Canada's most celebrated and dynamic citizens, Denise Donlon chronicles her impressive and storied career in the TV and music industries, and her smart, funny and inspiring memoir, Fearless As Possible (Under The Circu...

Icon of the event East York Historical Society
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm on recurring dates listed below
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Discussions on local history subjects about your neighbourhood.


Upcoming Dates:
Tue Nov 29
Icon of the event Alexandra Shimo
Wed Nov 23, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Northern District

Award-winning journalist and co-author of Up Ghost River, Alexandra Shimo, on the third-world conditions of a northern Ontario First Nations reserve and a million dollar hoax all captured in her new book, Invisible North. Q&A...

Icon of the event Hope Nicholson and The Geek Girls
Tue Nov 22, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Hope Nicholson and contributing artists and writers, Meghan Carter, Adrienne Kress and Jess Oliver Proulx, on The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. An exciting anthology of love, dating, and sex in comic and prose, this project rai...

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....