Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

New books. Big ideas. Join the conversation.

The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library

Our signature literary series, The Appel Salon, hosts local and international authors in conversation about their new books and big ideas.

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

All Events

The Other Shelf @ the Salon

This popular subseries of the Appel Salon continues this fall and features exceptional artists and writers whose work explores lives on the margins. See the entire lineup here.

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.

Reading List

Get started on the conversation and read the books that will be featured in this season's Appel Salon. There's something for everyone: poetry and prose, the highs and lows of romance, intellectual and celebrity biographies, religion, graphic novels and so much more!

See the reading list

Past events

Watch videos of past events on our YouTube channel.

Looking for a Salon event that isn't listed here? Check the On Civil Society program series.

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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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