Author Talks & Lectures

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...

Thu Oct 25, 2018 | 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

A reading series showcasing first-rate women writers and their feminist and women-centered work.

Icon of the event Jack McClelland: The Most (in)Famous Publisher in Canadian History
Thu Oct 04, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Jack McClelland had an outsized impact on the development of our national literature - an impact which matched his larger-than-life personality. His influence on the national imagination was so profound that Leonard Cohen onc...

Icon of the event Gary Shteyngart: Lake Success
Mon Oct 01, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Little Failure (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and the novels Super Sad True Love Story (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize)...

Icon of the event Charles Frazier: Varina
Wed Nov 07, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. ...

Icon of the event A Halloween Marathon Reading of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Wed Oct 31, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

On Halloween, some of Toronto's favourite local writers and personalities will read the novel at the Toronto Reference Library's Atrium stage with interlude music from the films. Come hear the work live and rediscover why the...

Icon of the event Intro to Cryptocurrency
Mon Nov 19, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The last two years have introduced cryptocurrency to the mainstream, and it's here to stay. Join us as we discuss the various aspects of this new and exciting industry, including the following topics, so that you have a basis...

Icon of the event STAR TALKS: Lindsay Wong: The Woo Woo
Mon Nov 12, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Lindsay Wong discusses her debut book, The Woo Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, a jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, about a young woman coming of age in a dysfunctional Asian...

Icon of the event 5 Myths that Hinder Student Success in University
Wed Oct 03, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Join us for this talk and learn what no one tells you about undergraduate studies.

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. ...