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The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a literary and cultural programming space on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

Upcoming Events

Free tickets are required for all events. Learn more about event tickets

Martin Amis: The Rub of Time--SOLD OUT

Thu, Feb 22 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

For more than thirty years, Martin Amis has written on an astonishing range of topics:...

Waterfront Toronto presents: Future Cities #3: Home Not Housing

Sun, Feb 25 | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The third installment of Waterfront Toronto's FUTURE CITIES talk series is hosted in c...

Peter Carey: A Long Way from Home

Mon, Mar 05 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Peter Carey is the author of fourteen novels, is a two-time Booker prize-winner and ha...

Marilynne Robinson

Wed, Mar 14 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Orange and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Marilynne Robinson is one of today's most im...

Tom Rachman: The Italian Teacher

Tue, Mar 20 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tom Rachman's first novel The Imperfectionists was an international bestseller, transl...

Peter Wohlleben: The Inner Life of Animals

Fri, Mar 23 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

From the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Hidden Life of Trees, comes the ...

Alan Hollinghurst: The Sparsholt Affair

Fri, Mar 23 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Alan Hollinghurst's new novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends ...

Lisa Genova: Every Note Played

Wed, Mar 28 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Neuroscientist and the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Lisa Genova d...

Jamil Jivani & Amy Chua: Political Tribes and the Crisis of Identity

Tue, Apr 03 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Why are we often so spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics? Why do so man...

Imbolo Mbue: Behold the Dreamers

Wed, Apr 11 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Imbolo Mbue's

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Event tickets

Free tickets are released three weeks before each event and are available to book starting at 9 a.m.

As most events are free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your reservation may not guarantee admission. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes before the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.

There is a limit of two tickets per valid email address.

Past events

Watch videos of past events on our YouTube channel.

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The Appel Salon is a versatile, centrally-located venue for meetings, weddings, and special and corporate events.


Toronto Public Library is committed to providing equitable access to library service in a welcoming and supportive environment. A limited number of hearing assist devices are made available to all attendees at the Appel Salon bar. If special seating is required for any of the Appel Salon events, prior arrangements can be made by contacting event staff at Please contact staff only once you have obtained an event ticket. We may not be able to accommodate requests on the day of our Appel Salon events.

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