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Icon of the event Elan Mastai: The World We Were Supposed to Have
Thu Feb 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Screenwriter of The F Word (2013, starring Daniel Radcliffe), Elan Mastai's first novel, All Our Wrong Todays, the subject of a publisher bidding war, talks about his vision for the future....

Icon of the event Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means.  Kamal Al-Solaylee
Tue Jan 31, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Location: Deer Park

Neither white nor black the experiences of brown people have been neglected. Kamal "fills in the narrative gap by taking a global look at the many social, political, economic and personal implications of being a brown-skinne...

Icon of the event The Science of Shakespeare
Wed May 10, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Beaches

William Shakespeare lived in a remarkable time- a period we now recognize as the first phase of the scientific revolution. New ideas about the human body, the earth, and the universe were transforming western thought- and yet...

Icon of the event Historical Gardens of Tuscany
Tue Mar 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Starting in Florence, Donna Fenice takes us on a journey to some of the most beautiful public and private gardens of this endlessly enchanting region, providing insights along the way into the historical forces that inspired ...

Icon of the event Paul Auster: Birthright & Possibility
Mon Feb 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

One of the world's most widely recognized names in contemporary fiction discusses his new novel, 4 3 2 1, an...

Icon of the event James Joyce's Ulysses with Professor Mary Durkan
Tue Mar 07, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Location: Deer Park

Let?s take down our dust-gathering copies of ULYSSES and explore CALYPSO, one of its most accessible sections, where we'll meet Leopold Bloom preparing breakfast for his soprano wife Molly on the morning of June 16, 1904. Mr...

Icon of the event RBC Taylor Prize Awards
Thu Mar 02, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

An evening with the five finalists of the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. Mark Medley moderates the discussion. In partnership with IFOA....

Icon of the event David Sax and The Revenge of Analog
Mon Feb 06, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

A funny thing happened on the way to the digital utopia. Businesses that once looked outdated, from film photography to brick-and-mortar retail, are now springing with new life. Notebooks, records, and stationery have become ...

Icon of the event McLuhan Salon: Hacks, Leaks and Breaches
Thu Jan 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Expert on Anonymous, Gabriella Coleman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, Mark Surman and Fortune writer Mathew Ingram, on the thorny ethics of hacks and leaks....

Icon of the event Feminism and Difficult Women with Roxane Gay
Thu Mar 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

From the author of Bad Feminist comes a new collection of short...