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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....

Icon of the event Elise Levine: Blue Fields
Mon May 08, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Critically acclaimed author of Driving Men Mad, Elise Levine on her new book Blue Fields, a trippy, dystopic, psychological tale of one woman's descent into the depths of grief, risk-addiction, and deep-sea diving. With Quill...

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 Tracy Chevalier: New Boy
Tue May 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers....

Icon of the event 2017 June Callwood Lecture: Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Fri Jun 09, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Ahmad Danny Ramadan's history of working with organizations in the Middle East and his personal experience as a Syrian refugee have made him passionate about social justice and LGBTQ refugees' rights. His latest book, The Clo...

Icon of the event Fairly Equal : Lawyering the Feminist Revolution
Tue May 30, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Linda Silver Dranoff, legal expert and feminist activist, was a key player in equalizing the position of Canadian women under the law. Through memoir and social history she brings to life examples of pay and employment equity...

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 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 Star Talks: Is Fake News the New Propaganda?
Tue Jun 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Tim Wu & Craig Silverman discuss the blight of fake news. In conjunction with the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the Toronto Star....

Icon of the event The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson: Separating Fact from Fiction
Thu Jun 15, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Riverdale

In July 1917, renowned Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson mysteriously disappeared while canoeing in Ontario's Algonquin Park. Over the last century, speculators have offered increasingly wild theories of Thomson's fate....