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Author Talks & Lectures

Icon of the event Losing Newfoundland in Madeline Ashby's Company Town: Playing a Rigged Game
Thu Jun 21, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Madeline Ashby's CBC Reads finalist, Company Town is a dystopian novel envisioning a futuristic Newfoundland in which characters exist at a significant remove from their culture, their bodies, and the natural world. Ashby's b...

Icon of the event The Fruitful City - The Enduring Power of the Urban Food Forest
Wed Jun 13, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

When was the last time you considered eating fruit from a city tree? In Toronto alone, volunteers with Not Far From the Tree have picked almost 150,000 pounds of fruit since 2008. In The Fruitful City, Toronto author Helena M...

Icon of the event The Hip: More than a Band with Michael Barclay
Mon Jun 11, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Acclaimed musical journalist Michael Barclay on the first print biography of The Tragically Hip, ...

Icon of the event Food Sustainability with Author Sonia Faruqi
Mon Jun 04, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

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

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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 Bangladeshi Love Stories
Wed May 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Described as "riveting," "masterful" and "elegantly-composed," activist Arif Anwar presents his debut novel, ...

Icon of the event Single Girl Problems
Wed May 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Northern District

CBC's Andrea Bain lays it all out on the line. Discussing her new book, ...

Icon of the event The Other Shelf: Will Aitken and Anne Carson on Antigone Undone
Fri May 18, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

A memoir that explores translating the ancient Greek drama into an internationally touring stage performance.

Icon of the event Alternate Realities with Liz Harmer and Harriet Alida Lye
Wed May 16, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Award-winning writer Liz Harmer and acclaimed editor and writer Harriet Alida Lye present their seductive and mysterious debut novels, ...

Icon of the event Yearning for Freedom
Tue May 15, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Calls Across the Pacific tells the story of Nina Huang who flees the Cultural Revolution to America in 1969. Years later, she writes to denounce Mao's regime. As a Canadian freelance writer, she risks her freedom and life to ...