Author Talks & Lectures

Icon of the event Susan Orlean: The Library Book
Tue Nov 20, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Susan Orlean, the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief, and staff writer for The New Yorker discusses her new novel, a dazzling love letter to one of our most beloved institutions, libraries. ...

Icon of the event Get that Grant! Tips for Canadian Writers
Tue Nov 13, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Writers of all levels are invited to learn the dos and don'ts of navigating the public funding landscape with representatives from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. Presented by ...

Icon of the event Jay Baruchel: Born Into Hockey
Thu Nov 22, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Writer, actor, director and comedian, Jay Baruchel, is also part owner and chief creative officer of Chapterhouse Comics. He is best known for his roles in Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, This Is the End, Almost Famous, Million D...

Icon of the event Jay Ingram: The Science of Why
Wed Nov 07, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

One of Canada's most popular science authors, Jay Ingram presents the third installment of his best-selling series, The Science of Why, which explores questions that we often think about but rarely resolve, like why do we cri...

Icon of the event Literary Treasures: Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922): Canada's Darling Poet
Thu Oct 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Literary Treasures presentations at Toronto Reference Library offer the opportunity for our Literature Librarians to showcase unique and fascinating items from our collections. In her time, Marjorie Pickthall, poet and librar...

Icon of the event Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall: How Not to Cure a Hangover
Tue Dec 11, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall rose to fame after he spent a year undercover, living with the homeless in Toronto?s infamous Tent City, and recounted the experience in his first book, Down to This. He now returns to disc...

Icon of the event John Irving: 40 Years With Garp
Tue Dec 04, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

An international bestseller since its publication in 1978, The World According to Garp established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. ...

Icon of the event Jeremy Dutcher: Honouring Ancestral Voices
Wed Dec 05, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Canadian sensation Jeremy Dutcher, a classically trained Indigenous singer/songwriter and musicologist, who won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's most prestigious music award, for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. He...

Icon of the event THE OTHER SHELF. Tariq Ali on His Hero, Eduardo Galeano
Fri Oct 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Long a fan of famed Uruguayan writer, Eduardo Galeano, Ali explains the importance of a writer like Galeano on the landscape today and the relevance of his work to Canada.

Icon of the event Aminder Dhaliwal: Woman World
Thu Nov 22, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Aminder Dhaliwal discusses the new print edition of her wildly popular Instagram comic, Woman World, about a world with no men. Readers everywhere will now understand what her 150K followers already know: Dhaliwal's voice add...