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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

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...

Why Do We Need Tribes?

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

Amy Chua, (Political Tribes) and Jamil Jivani (Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisi...

The Other Shelf: Abdellah Taïa on Infidels

Fri, Apr 13 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The French/Moroccan filmmaker and author, called "one of the most original and necessa...

Marlon James & David Chariandy

Tue, Apr 17 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

James' 2015 novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize. It was ...

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...

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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