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Icon of the event Romani Women in Canada: Spectrum of the Blue Water
Thu May 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Cynthia Levine-Rasky's book links everyday experience and a social critique of the factors that enable and constrain women's lives. Life writing, creative writing, and research essays by twenty individuals: Romani women, wome...

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

Cultural historian Gregory Klages reviews the historical records related to Tom Thomson's mysterious passing....

Icon of the event Shopping for Change: Consumer Activism and the Possibilities of Purchasing Power
Thu May 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Join Professor and co-editor of "Shopping for Change", Joseph Tohill(@JosephTohill,as he explores how past consumer activism in North America can inform and inspire consumer activisim in the age of Trudeau and Trump....

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 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 Rind in the Marmalade -  A Headhunter's Tales
Tue May 16, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Tony van Straubenzee worked in human resources on Toronto's Bay Street, specializing in executive-level headhunting. Needing only two comfortable chairs, he has interviewed every personality type and witnessed the range of hu...

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 Author Visit:  Mike Deas
Mon May 15, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Pape/Danforth

All the way from Salt Spring Island, BC, meet Silver Birch Express Nominee, Mike Deas. Mike has illustrated over 14 Graphic Novels and books for young readers including Tank and Fizz and the Graphic Guide Adventure series....

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 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...