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Author Talks & Lectures

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 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 Freedom to Read Week with Jillian Tamaki
Wed Feb 28, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Runnymede

Hear author and illustrator Jillian Tamaki address the importance of intellectual freedom and speak about her challenges around censorship and experience with the banned books list, specially her Governor General's Award winn...

Icon of the event Radio Okapi Kindu: The Station That Helped Bring Peace to the Congo
Thu Mar 01, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Runnymede

When Jennifer Bakody arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004, she faced the hardest and most inspiring job an idealistic young journalist from Nova Scotia could ever imagine. Six years of war involving eight c...

Icon of the event The Home for Unwanted Girls: A Reading by Joanna Goodman
Thu May 10, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Yorkville

The Home for Unwanted Girls exposes the heartbreaking story of the Quebec "Duplessis Orphans." In the 1950s, under Premier Duplessis, tens of thousands of orphans were falsely classified as mentally ill and confined to psychi...

Icon of the event The Fruitful City - The Enduring Power of the Urban Food Forest
Tue May 15, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Yorkville

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 Worry-Free Money - Stop Budgeting, Start Living!
Wed Apr 04, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Runnymede

Managing your money can be frustrating and confusing. Life is expensive. Whether you make $30,000 or $130,000 a year, it can feel like you're constantly broke....

Icon of the event Jeremiah Brown, Underdog
Mon Mar 19, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Runnymede

From novice rower to Olympic silver medalist in just under four years, Jeremiah Brown, shares his triumphant tale of courage, perseverance, the depths of physical and mental exertion in chasing your dreams, and his new memoir...

Icon of the event Gardening for the Future
Thu Apr 05, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Runnymede

Learn about all the ways that gardening can result in positive environmental change. Lorraine Johnson, author of 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens will talk about native plant gardens and how they:...