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Icon of the event Sharon Baltman: Escape From The Bedside
Tue Nov 04, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Beaches

Join local author Sharon Baltman for a reading from her book Escape from the Bedside - a gripping memoir tracking her decision to become a doctor in the early days of feminism - and a discussion about the process of writing i...

Icon of the event The Poetry of the First World War
Wed Oct 22, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Some of the most beautiful and resonant poetry ever written came out of WW1. Join us for an evening of dramatic readings in English, French and German by R. H. Thomson, Christopher Newton and Martha Burns. Hosted by R. H. Tho...

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 Transgender Rights in Canada
Tue Jan 27, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Join us for a discussion with Rachel Clark, who is a LGBT rights advocate working with organizations, such as Amnesty International and the National Organization for Women. She is the Executive Producer and appeared in the do...

Icon of the event How Offshore Tax Havens Destroy Governments
Tue Feb 10, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Offshore tax havens have become the bane of governments worldwide. As much as $21-trillion in taxable wealth belonging to corporations and wealthy individuals is being hidden in tax havens out of reach of the taxman. As a res...

Icon of the event Karen Armstrong
Wed Nov 19, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

The acclaimed author of "A History of God" on her new book,...

Icon of the event Steven Pinker - SOLD OUT
Fri Oct 24, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Why is so much writing so awful, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do people write badly on purpose, to obfuscate and impress? Have dictionaries abandoned thei...

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 Lena Dunham - SOLD OUT
Thu Oct 23, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

***PLEASE NOTE THAT LENA WILL ONLY BE SIGNING HER BOOK AND WILL NOT BE POSING FOR PHOTOS***...

Icon of the event Treehouse Talks
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm on recurring dates listed below
Toronto Reference Library

Ongoing event running from: Fri. Jan. 9, 2015 - Fri June 12, 2015...


Upcoming Dates:
Fri Jan 09
Fri Feb 13