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Icon of the event Gene Luen Yang: National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
Wed Apr 05, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Award winning graphic novelist and literacy advocate Gene Luen Yang will appear at the Toronto Reference Library. On January 4, 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and The Children?s Book Council, appointed G...

Icon of the event Lisa See: The Bonds of Mothers and Daughters
Mon Apr 24, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

A powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance. Bestselling author Lisa See paints in her new novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and ...

Icon of the event Author Talk with Malcolm Sutton: Job Shadowing
Thu Apr 27, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Barbara Frum

Toronto author, editor and interdisciplinary artist will discuss his new fiction book Job Shadowing. Sutton's novel delivers an imaginative take on the contemporary crisis in work, particularly as it relates to identity and b...

Icon of the event Jeff Lemire: Roughnecks and Redemption
Fri Apr 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

From the bestselling graphic novelist of Essex County, Descender, and The Underwater Welder comes Roughneck, a story about a brother and sister who must come together after years apart to face the disturbing history that has ...

Icon of the event Ordinary People: Short Stories
Thu Mar 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Barbara Frum

Shortlisted for the RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, Eva Crocker on

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 CanLit Boom of the 1960's
Tue Jun 06, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

It was a literary explosion unlike anything the country had ever experienced. The so-called CanLit Boom included writers like Margaret Atwood, Marie-Claire Blais, Leonard Cohen, Alice Munro and Mordecai Richler. Nick Mount pr...

Icon of the event The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson: Separating Fact from Fiction
Tue Jul 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

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....

Icon of the event Amanda Lang: Avoiding What We Need
Tue Apr 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Amanda Lang's new book, The Beauty of Discomfort, explores how pushing ourselves to points of discomfort can translate into success. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and providing examples and strategies from all over the...

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....