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Icon of the event Reality of Film Industry: Distribution & Trends
Thu Nov 20, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

What do filmmakers do when their project is ready for viewing? Sarah Goodman provides an overview and tips on film distribution, including entering the festival circuit and regaining investment. Plus: Get the inside scoop on ...

Icon of the event Fantasy writer Robin Hobb speaks at the Merril Collection
Thu Nov 13, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Lillian H. Smith

Popular fantasy writer Robin Hobb will talk about writing and her books at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, November 13 in the Merril Collection reading room, on the 3rd floor of the Lillian Smith branch....

Icon of the event Recollections of a Neighbourhood: Huron-Sussex from UTS to Stop Spadina
Tue Nov 18, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lillian H. Smith

Lillian H. Smith branch will be hosting a book presentation and discussion of a local history gem, Recollections of a Neighbourhood: Huron-Sussex from UTS to Stop Spadina....

Icon of the event Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous
Thu Jan 15, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Anonymous, a group of hackers and activists came to the fore in 2008...

Icon of the event  The Dark Side of the Brain - Understanding Dreaming Sleep
Tue Nov 18, 2014 | 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Dr. John Peever, a Professor in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology and Director of the Centre for Brain Sciences at the University of Toronto, will discuss how and why we sleep....

Icon of the event The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Wed Dec 10, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Lillian H. Smith

The Friends of the Merril Collection present author Jill Lepore, who will discuss her new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Wednesday, December 10 in the Merril Collection...

Icon of the event Democracy in an era of mass surveillance: A Canadian perspective
Tue Jan 20, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

While global discussions concerning Edward Snowden's revelations have primarily focused on the actions of the National Security Agency and its British equivalent, this talk focuses on Canada's role in conducting mass surveil...

Icon of the event Focus on Cinema Verité
Wed Oct 29, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

View clips from classic cinema verité films - such as The Salesman, Gimme Shelter and EMPZ For Life. Then join Sarah Goodman for a discussion on the difference between verité and interview-based styles of documentary filmmaki...

Icon of the event 8th Annual Sybille Pantazzi Memorial Lecture
Thu Nov 13, 2014 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lillian H. Smith

"The Sanctuary of Story" with Kit Pearson....

Icon of the event Parting of the Veil: Traditions Connected with Halloween
Tue Oct 28, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

From the lantern in the window to the apples in the basket, many of the traditions of Hallowe'en come from old Celtic Traditions. October 31 marks a time when the wall between our world and the Other is very thin, and all man...