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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 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, comes the book she wrote in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and draws on the small-town characters evoked th...

Icon of the event George Saunders: Lincoln's Lost Son (RUSH SEATS ONLY)
Fri Apr 07, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, award winning George Saunders. Lincoln in the Bardo takes place while the American Civil War rages and Abraham Lincoln's beloved son loses a battle with illness and is buried ...

Icon of the event Mothers, Sisters and Barbara Gowdy
Wed Apr 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

International bestselling author Barbara Gowdy on the limits of human mind, relationships with mothers and sisters and her latest novel,

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 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 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

Consuming with a conscience is one of the fastest growing forms of political participation worldwide. Every day we make decisions about how to spend our money and, for the socially conscious, these decisions matter. Political...

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 Fredrik Backman: Beartown
Fri Jun 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

From the author of A Man Called Ove, comes a poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything....

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....