Author Talks & Lectures

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. ...

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 The Communist Manifesto as Graphic Novel
Thu Nov 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

On the 200th anniversary year of the birth of Karl Marx, Martin Rowson, one of the UK's best comics editorialists and artists, discusses his graphic novel adaption of The Communist Manifesto and its enduring legacy.

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 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 Beverley McLachlin: Justice for Everyone
Mon Dec 03, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

In January 2000, Beverley McLachlin was appointed Chief Justice of Canada, the first woman to ever hold the position. In those nearly 18 years, McLachlin oversaw cases that involved key decisions about religion, Quebec secess...

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...

Icon of the event Toronto Book Awards: Awards Ceremony
Wed Oct 10, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Join us for the announcement of the winner of the 2018 Toronto Book Awards. ...

Icon of the event An Evening with Author, Peter Usher: Joey Jacobson's War
Thu Nov 15, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Barbara Frum

Joey Jacobson, a young Jewish man from Westmount on the Island of Montreal, trained as a navigator and bomb-aimer in Western Canada. On arriving in England he was assigned to No. 106 Squadron, a British unit tasked with the b...

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. ...