Author Talks & Lectures

Icon of the event Tim Cook: The Secret History of Soldiers
Thu Sep 20, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Award-winning military historian Tim Cook presents, The Secret History of Soliders, about untold stories of WWI soldiers, giving us a view of the war beyond the headlines and lives of the famous. In conversation with Mark Med...

Icon of the event Jim Wigmore: Not Your Granddad's Weed?
Fri Sep 21, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Maria A. Shchuka

Join us for a discussion with Forensic Toxicologist Jim Wigmore who will discuss the history and prohibition of cannabis and compare it with alcohol. He will also be talking about the various forms of cannabis and their pote...

Icon of the event Ryan North: How to Invent Everything
Fri Sep 21, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Ryan North is the New York Times-bestselling author of two chooseable-path Shakespeare books, Romeo and/or Juliet and To Be or Not to Be. ...

Icon of the event THE OTHER SHELF. Dubravka Ugresic: A View from Europe (SOLD OUT)
Fri Sep 21, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

One of the leading public intellectuals in Europe, Croatian writer Dubravka Ugresic has spent decades providing commentary and a unique perspective on the European condition. ...

Icon of the event Are we building a Toronto for everyone?
Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

A discussion on the future of the city. As city planners and private developers race to fill the urban landscape with shiny new towers, many citizens are feeling the changes in their communities. Are we creating an inclusive,...

Icon of the event Privacy and security on the 21st Century Internet: a big picture view
Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Location: North York Central Library

The Internet: a place of great promise and wonder, or a dystopian nightmare of crass commercialism and mass surveillance? Or both? Or something else entirely? Whatever it is, the Internet has radically reshaped many aspects o...

Icon of the event Your Privacy and the Law in Canada
Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Location: North York Central Library

Identity theft, online reputation management, social media profile ownership? None of these issues touched our lives a decade or more ago, in the way that they do today. The Internet has radically reshaped our notions of comm...

Icon of the event Spyware and Malware: an insider's perspective
Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Location: North York Central Library

Malware has grown from minor annoyance to major hassle to possible-ruinous in the span of a couple of decades. When the Internet was young, malware was usually annoying pop-ups that hogged system resources. Today, malware bri...

Icon of the event How can we protect ourselves from Facebook?
Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

As the impact of fake news became evident after Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, voices across the world have argued that social media giants have become a threat to democracy. The Cambridge Analytica scandal added ur...

Icon of the event Are we wired for democracy?
Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

A discussion on whether the current crisis of democracy has to do with the limitations of our brains. In this age of smartphones and information overload, is politics too complex for most people to make rational, informed cho...