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Icon of the event A Place Near the Front with author William G. Herbert
Sat Feb 24, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Parkdale

Join us at Parkdale Branch to hear William G. Herbert read from his latest novel A Place Near the Front. ...

Icon of the event Victory Lap Retirement
Wed Mar 28, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Don Mills

The rules of retirement have changed - people are living longer and have to finance as many years in retirement as they had in their entire working career. So what will thirty or forty years, or more, in retirement look like ...

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 From Gold Mountain to Model Minority, how far have we come?
Wed May 16, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Location: Deer Park

This talk navigates through the subjects discussed in Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us, a recent group exhibition about Chineseness, Canadianness and Community at the University of Toronto Art Museum, which offered in...

Icon of the event The Power of Index Investing
Mon Apr 23, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Barbara Frum

Still trying to beat the market by picking stocks and mutual funds? Time for a different approach. Award-winning journalist and investment advisor Dan Bortolotti will show you how to build a low-cost, diversified portfolio wi...

Icon of the event Ten Tips for Writing Great Memoirs - NEW DATE
Mon May 14, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Ayelet Tsabari, award-winning author of The Best Place on Earth, and current Writer in Residence at Toronto Public Library, will give a presentation on how to turn lived experience into literary art. Learn to locate the stori...

Icon of the event Fighting Dirty: How a small community took on big trash
Tue Apr 10, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Queens University professor and environmentalist, Dr. Poh-Gek Fokert, explores how a small group of farmers, small-town residents, and Indigenous people waged a ten year struggle against the world's largest garbage company wi...

Icon of the event Kim Thúy: Vi
Wed Apr 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The perfect complement to the exquisitely wrought novels Ru and Man, Canada Reads winner Kim Thúy returns with Vi, exploring the lives, loves and struggles of Vietnamese refugees as they reinvent themselves in new lands. Hear...

Icon of the event Writing Immigration Memoirs: Drop-in Workshops
10:00 am - 11:30 am on recurring dates listed below
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Ayelet Tsabari, award-winning author of The Best Place on Earth, current Writer in Residence at Toronto Public Library, is also an immigrant and ESL writer who writes in her second language. She will lead informal, drop-in wo...


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Icon of the event Conform, Fail, Repeat: How Power Distorts Collective Action
Tue Mar 13, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Contemporary social movements often face no-win choices between conformity and failure. With special attention to LGBTQ politics and the G20 protests in Toronto, author Christopher Samuel explores how power and dominance forc...