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Icon of the event Abyssinian Nomad
Wed Oct 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The book by Maskarm Haile has an alternate title: an African woman's journey of love, loss and adventure from Cape to Cairo. Compiled and written as a personal journal and travel memoir, it includes events and private letters...

Icon of the event Randy Boyagoda: Prin's Original Sin
Wed Oct 03, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Novelist, critic and academic, Randy Boyagoda's latest novel, Original Prin, is a strangely funny novel about religion in a modern, secular world. ...

Icon of the event Are we building a Toronto for everyone?
Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

On Saturday, September 22, the Library will have a ...

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 Mary Shelley's Masterpiece and Victor Frankenstein's Apprenticeship
Tue Oct 30, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Kenneth Oppel, author of the series of novels The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, considers the legacy of Mary Shelley's most famous work and why the book continues to have such relevance to writers, artists and, of co...

Icon of the event THE OTHER SHELF. Dubravka Ugresic: A View from Europe
Fri Sep 21, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

One of the leading public intellectuals in Europe, Croatian writer Dubravka Ugresic has spent decades providing commentary and a unique perspective on the European condition. ...

Icon of the event How Buildings Can (Help) Save The World
Tue Sep 11, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Climate change, indoor environment quality and ecosystem depletion are three major issues for the building industry and Chris Magwood has spent his career working toward practical, affordable solutions. Come and learn how the...

Icon of the event Adventures in Memory
Thu Oct 11, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory? Two Norwegian sisters, one a neuropsychologist and the other an acclaimed writer, discuss their book ...

Icon of the event Memoir and Feminism in Poetry:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

With self-parody and wit, Myna Wallin's poems explore the societal construct of womanhood, whose promotion of gendered expectations and stereotypes presents an opportunity for the speaker to subvert modern ideals of femininit...

Icon of the event Ben Macintyre: The Spy and the Traitor
Mon Oct 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Ben Macintyre is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Rogue Heroes, among others. ...