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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 Stories with Maria Mutch
Thu May 17, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Runnymede

Governor General's Literary Awards finalist Maria Mutch on her startling inventive debut collection of short stories, ...

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 ...

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 Bad Singer - Good Singer
Thu May 03, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Join author Tim Falconer (Bad Singer) and singer-songwriter and educator Tyler Ellis as they explore the culture, the science, the joy, and the gut-wrenching fear of raising your voice in song.

Icon of the event Eye of the Storm: Lester Pearson and the Suez Crisis
Mon Apr 23, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Based on his book, Antony Anderson will present a talk on how Canada's greatest diplomat, Lester Pearson helped solve the 1956 Suez Crisis. In the process, Pearson persuaded the UN General Assembly to establish its first peac...

Icon of the event Gardening for the Future
Thu Apr 19, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Learn about all the ways that gardening can result in positive environmental change. Lorraine Johnson, author of ...

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 My Year in Robot Land
Thu Apr 05, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

How a digital immigrant researched and wrote "Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact and Speculation"...

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 ...