Author Talks & Lectures

Icon of the event Tayari Jones: An American Marriage
Tue Oct 30, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. ...

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 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 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. ...

Icon of the event Jay Baruchel: Born Into Hockey
Thu Nov 22, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Writer, actor, director and comedian, Jay Baruchel, is also part owner and chief creative officer of Chapterhouse Comics. He is best known for his roles in Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, This Is the End, Almost Famous, Million D...

Icon of the event John Irving: 40 Years With Garp
Tue Dec 04, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

John Irving is one of the most creative and beloved in America. Nominated for a National Book Award three times and winning for his novel ...

Icon of the event Tariq Ali: Where Did the Left Go? - RUSH ONLY
Fri Oct 26, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

UPDATE: this event is now sold out. It is possible that a few rush seats will be available at the door. The rush line usually starts to form half an hour before doors open. ...

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 Polyamorous:  A Reading and Conversation with Author Jenny Yuen
Wed Feb 06, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Polyamorous looks at how people across Canada are giving themselves a choice to love another way, how these relationships are defined in the modern world, and why many are fighting for the legal right to love who - and how ma...

Icon of the event Rebecca Traister: The Power of Angry Women
Wed Nov 14, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Rebecca Traister talks about her latest book, Good and Mad, which explores the ways that women's anger has long been viewed - and how 2018 could well mark a turning point in how women's anger can transform society. ...