Author Talks & Lectures

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. See him in conversation with the former editor of The New York Times Book Revi...

Icon of the event Crime Writers of Canada
Thu Nov 15, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Mount Pleasant

The Crime Writers of Canada will provide us with an introduction to local authors and to crime books that feature the great city of Toronto. Featured authors will each do a reading, followed by a panel discussion on what make...

Icon of the event Bad Reputations: Cormorants and Conservation
Sat Oct 27, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

Since their rapid population recovery in the Great Lakes, double-crested cormorants have developed a bad reputation because they are large black waterbirds that eat fish, and their nesting habits kill trees. Professor Gail Fr...

Icon of the event STAR TALKS: Kate Morton: The Clockmaker's Daughter
Tue Oct 16, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Kate Morton is the author of five bestselling novels, including The Lake House. Hear her discuss her latest mystery, The Clockmaker's Daughter, the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across ...

Icon of the event Patrick deWitt: A Mother/Son Caper
Wed Oct 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

One of 2018's most anticipated books, Patrick deWitt discusses his darkly comic novel, French Exit, about a wealthy widow in dire financial straits, and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and fin...

Icon of the event Fiona Sampson: In Search of Mary Shelley
Thu Oct 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

British writer Fiona Sampson explores the life of the author of Frankenstein in this riveting new biography. Just how did a sheltered if precocious 19 year-old come to write one of the most celebrated works in all of literary...

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 The Beauty & Importance of Bees
Thu Oct 04, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Don Mills

There are over 20,000 species of bees in the world and over 800 species in Canada. Most of them are nothing like the domesticated honey bee. Professor Laurence Packer from York University's Faculty of Science will outline the...

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

Tariq Ali, one of the most important public intellectuals of the last century, discusses his latest work and his thoughts on the retreat of the Left from democracies around the globe. ...

Icon of the event Anna Porter: In Other Words
Mon Oct 01, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Celebrated Hungarian-Canadian historian Anna Porter presents her intriguing memoir, In Other Words, where she takes us behind the scenes into Canada's publishing world, giving readers a glimpse into the lives and struggles of...