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Icon of the event Juvenal: Ancient Rome's greatest curmudgeon! Why was he so angry?
Sat Apr 14, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Shakespearean actor and Classics PhD Christopher Kelk will introduce the sixteen satires of the Roman poet Juvenal and read from his verse translation of Juvenal's work published in 2010....

Icon of the event The Other Shelf: Will Aitken and Anne Carson on Antigone Undone
Fri May 18, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

A memoir that explores translating the ancient Greek drama into an internationally touring stage performance....

Icon of the event Freethinker: The Life and Works of Éva Circé-Côté
Tue May 08, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Historian Andrée Lévesque discusses the life and works of Éva Circé-Côté, a Québécois poet, playwright, journalist and feminist who fought for equality and secularism in the first four decades of the t...

Icon of the event The Other Shelf: Morten Stronksnes
Wed Apr 25, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Norwegian historian, journalist and photographer talks about Shark Drunk, a salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean....

Icon of the event Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian as Dystopia
Wed Jun 13, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Runnymede

Utopia is the title of Sir Thomas More's playfully ironic 1516 book about an ideal city-state discovered in the New World. "Utopia" is Greek and it literally means "no place," that is, no place could be as good as this. Utop...

Icon of the event Food Sustainability with Author Sonia Faruqi
Wed Apr 18, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Beaches

Sonia Faruqi left a successful Wall Street career path to investigate animal farms around the world, a journey profiled in her critically acclaimed book...

Icon of the event Dystopia in Dubai: Deepak Unnikrishnan's Temporary People
Wed Jun 06, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Eglinton Square

Unnikrishnan's novel Temporary People revolves around a set of guest workers in the United Arab Emirates. South Asian, African, and South East Asian guest workers live in the UAE on privatized work visas without legal protect...

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 Radio Okapi Kindu: The Station That Helped Bring Peace to the Congo
Thu Mar 01, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Runnymede

When Jennifer Bakody arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004, she faced the hardest and most inspiring job an idealistic young journalist from Nova Scotia could ever imagine. Six years of war involving eight c...

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...