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Icon of the event Seeing Red: The Handmaid's Tale as Feminist Dystopia
Mon May 07, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

Although Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale was originally published in 1985, contemporary readers have embraced the book (and the critically-acclaimed TV adaptation) as a cautionary tale for our times. For many, its dysto...

Icon of the event Lydia Kwa: Oracle Bone
Tue May 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Downsview

Writer and psychologist Lydia Kwa on a tale of good and evil, ...

Icon of the event Toronto Star Short Story Contest, Awards Ceremony
Thu Apr 19, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Yorkville

Meet the 2018 jury, finalists and winners of the Toronto Star Short Story Contest. ...

Icon of the event How Poetry Changed My Life
Mon Apr 30, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

Join award-winning poet and debut novelist Catherine Graham as she shares her personal journey into poetry during National Poetry Month. She will also read her poems and share the stories behind them. Gain insights into poetr...

Icon of the event Killing and Counting Vampires in I Am Legend: The Mathematics of Dystopia
Mon Jun 04, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

The publication of I am Legend in 1954, Richard Matheson's novella about a vampire apocalypse, was a pivotal moment in the history of vampire stories. It marks the midpoint between the predator Dracula of Bram Stoker's novel ...

Icon of the event What Makes a Book Marvelous?
Wed Apr 25, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

Deborah Dundas, the books editor at the Toronto Star, will talk about how she picks the books she assigns for review in the Star's books section. She'll talk about what critics look for when they're reviewing a book, what tak...

Icon of the event Worry-Free Money - Stop Budgeting, Start Living!
Thu Apr 12, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Palmerston

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 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...

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Thu May 24, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

Charlotte Fielden's newest book: WHO WILL REMEMBER? Is a crime novel about a group of seniors who participate in a clinical trial for Alzheimer?s in Mexico, and find unexpected challenges, rewards, and fulfillment. Drop in.

Icon of the event Imagining technology: the genius of J. M. W. Turner's
Thu May 31, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Location: Deer Park

Join Professor Duffy to discuss J. M. W. Turner's ...