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

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Upcoming Events

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

Ben Macintyre: The Spy and the Traitor

Mon, Oct 15 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Ben Macintyre is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author ...

STAR TALKS: Kate Morton: The Clockmaker's Daughter

Tue, Oct 16 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Kate Morton is the author of five bestselling novels, including The Lake House. Hear h...

Anthony Rose: The Last Schmaltz

Wed, Oct 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Anthony Rose is known as Toronto's King of Comfort Food, the Don of Dupont, and the Su...

THE OTHER SHELF. Tariq Ali on His Hero, Eduardo Galeano - RUSH ONLY

Fri, Oct 26 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

UPDATE: this event is now sold out. It is possible that a few rush seats will be avail...

Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

Tue, Oct 30 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparro...

THE OTHER SHELF. Erwan Larher: The Book I Didn't Want to Write

Tue, Oct 30 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Erwan Larher was enjoying a rock concert in Paris' Bataclan Theater on November 13, 20...

Charles Frazier: Varina

Wed, Nov 07 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mount...

STAR TALKS: Lindsay Wong: The Woo Woo

Mon, Nov 12 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Lindsay Wong discusses her debut book, The Woo Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Ra...

Susan Orlean: The Library Book

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

Susan Orlean, the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief, and staff writer for The New...

Toronto Public Library and Indigo Books + Music are proud to present Jodi Picoult in Conversation on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. Purchase a book and ticket package.

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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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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