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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.

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

Upcoming Events

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

Kim Thúy: Vi

Wed, Apr 25 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Other Shelf: Morten Stroksnes

Wed, Apr 25 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Norwegian historian, journalist and photographer talks about Shark Drunk, a salty stor...

Silent No More: Natasha Trethewey with Chelene Knight

Sun, Apr 29 | 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Natasha Trethewey, the Former US Poet Laureate with roots in Canada, has long been a v...

Meg Wolitzer: The Female Persuasion

Fri, May 04 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The New York Times-bestselling author, Meg Wolitzer, discusses her multilayered novel ...

Tim Hague Sr.: 12th Annual June Callwood Lecture

Mon, May 07 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Winner of the inaugural Amazing Race Canada, Tim Hague Sr. shares the story of how he ...

Teju Cole with Dionne Brand and Madeleine Thien

Tue, May 08 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join award-winning writers Teju Cole, Madeleine Thien, and Dionne Brand for a wide-ran...

The Other Shelf: Will Aitken and Anne Carson on Antigone Undone

Fri, May 18 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A conversation between Will Aitken and Anne Carson.

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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