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Icon of the event Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian as Dystopia
Wed Jun 13, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Runnymede

Utopia is the title of Sir Thomas More's playfully ironic 1516 book about an ideal city-state discovered in the New World. "Utopia" is Greek and it literally means "no place," that is, no place could be as good as this. Utop...

Icon of the event Dystopia in Dubai: Deepak Unnikrishnan's Temporary People
Wed Jun 06, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Eglinton Square

Unnikrishnan's novel Temporary People revolves around a set of guest workers in the United Arab Emirates. South Asian, African, and South East Asian guest workers live in the UAE on privatized work visas without legal protect...

Icon of the event Writing Poetry Outside the Blocks: A Reading and Workshop with Gary Barwin
Sat Apr 28, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Bloor/Gladstone

Celebrate National Poetry Month with acclaimed writer and poet Gary Barwin....

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Tue May 29, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) tells the story of making Mars into a habitable planet. It explores climate change, revolution, and scientific communication in an environment where no one...

Icon of the event Nevil Shute's On the Beach, Oppenheimer, and the Slow Apocalypse
Tue May 08, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

"The way the world ends/[is] not with a bang but a whimper." This epigraph from T.S. Eliot's "Hollow Men" opens On the Beach wherein the earth's Northern hemisphere has been completely irradiated by nuclear weapons and the re...

Icon of the event Straight Talk on Your Money
Wed Mar 07, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Don Mills

In his new book, Straight Talk on Your Money, Doug Hoyes, CA, CPA, skewers 22 of the financial myths that, when followed, lead to financial disaster. Most financial mistakes people make are the result of blindly following con...

Icon of the event Ads on the Moon: Corporate and Cultural Cosmopolitanisms in Cloud Atlas
Thu May 24, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Yorkville

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas explores community-building in conventional as well as innovative ways. The latter includes the ways in which corporations or the system of "corporacy" can influence everyday communications and sh...

Icon of the event Victory Lap Retirement
Wed Mar 28, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Don Mills

The rules of retirement have changed - people are living longer and have to finance as many years in retirement as they had in their entire working career. So what will thirty or forty years, or more, in retirement look like ...

Icon of the event Food Sustainability with Author Sonia Faruqi
Wed Apr 18, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Beaches

Sonia Faruqi left a successful Wall Street career path to investigate animal farms around the world, a journey profiled in her critically acclaimed book...

Icon of the event How to Profit From the Next Bull Market
Tue Mar 06, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Locke

Alan Dustin is an investment advisor with over 25 years experience and his latest book, How to Profit From the Next Bull Market, is a complete resource for Canadians seeking to master the stock market and secure their financi...