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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
Toronto Reference Library

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 Anne Enright
Tue May 19, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North York Central Library

Join Man Booker Prize-winning Irish author and Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction winner Anne Enright for readings from her new novel,...

Icon of the event Making space for peace:
Tue May 26, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

International protective accompaniment as alter-geopolitics...

Icon of the event The eh List Author Series: Shawn Micallef - The Trouble With Brunch
Wed May 06, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
North York Central Library

The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure...

Icon of the event Great Books:  Euripedes - Medea
Fri May 22, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Euripedes, who Aristotle called 'the most tragic' of the Greek tragedians, gives us in Medea, one of literature's most vivid psychological portraits of woman scorned. This lecture highlights the playwright' social critique, ...

Icon of the event Great Books:  Alistair MacLeod - No Great Mischief
Fri Jun 19, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Elegiac, hypnotic, by turns joyful and sad, Alistair MacLeod's only novel, No Great Mischief is a spellbinding story,beautifully told, of family, loyalty, exile, and of the blood ties that bind us, generations later, to the...

Icon of the event Homelessness in Canada
Tue Apr 21, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Stephen Gaetz discusses the situation of homelessness in Canada. Drawing from leading research, he explores the causes and conditions of homelessness in Canada, beginning with the rise of mass homelessness in the 1980s and 9...

Icon of the event The 2015 Cameron Hollyer Lecture:  Arthur Conan Doyle's
Sat Jun 27, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Prominent Conan Doyle scholar Clifford Goldfarb discusses Conan Doyle's Napoleonic writings including his play "Waterloo." Acclaimed Canadian actor R.H. Thomson will give a reading of the play following the lecture.

Icon of the event Kate Mulgrew
Fri May 01, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Lauded for her work as Captain Janeway and the inimitable Red on Orange is the New Black, the Emmy nominated actress on her memoir, Born With Teeth. With the Globe & Mail's Liz Renzetti....

Icon of the event Depression
Tue Mar 31, 2015 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Everyone has felt sadness but when is it depression?...