Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

New books. Big ideas. Join the conversation.

Esi Edugyan appeared on stage in the Appel Salon to discuss her book Washington Black with Chelene Knight on April 30, 2019.

The Appel Salon, located on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library, is open again. This bright and open events space provides audiences with the chance to connect and engage with local and international authors, writers and thinkers.

Grab a drink at our bar ahead of the event. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. A reminder that you'll need to register for Salon events in advance.

Not able to attend an event? Appel Salon events are taped and can be viewed on our YouTube channel shortly after. Live-streamed Appel Salon events are not available at this time.

The library continues to offer online events as well. See below for our upcoming line-up of in-person and online events.

Online Upcoming Programs

All Events

Event tickets

In Person - Advance ticket reservations are required and seating is limited. Tickets are available on TPL's Eventbrite channel.

Online - TPL's Live & Online programs are free to watch live through the TPL Culture channel on Crowdcast.

On-Demand Events

Watch replays of past online or Appel Salon events you may have missed.

Past online events

Available on our TPL Culture channel on Crowdcast.

Past Appel Salon events

Watch videos of past Salon events on our YouTube channel.

Reading List

Get started on the conversation and read the books that are featured in this season's Appel Salon programming. There's something for everyone: mystery and intrigue, the highs and lows of romance, intellectual biographies, intimate memoirs and so much more!

See the reading list

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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.

Toronto Public Library is committed to the protection of your privacy and will never sell, rent, trade, or disclose your personal information, including your e-mail address, to a third party without your consent or where not explicitly authorized by the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M.56.