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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 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 Wish You Were Here: Evoking Place in Memoir
Sat May 05, 2018 | 9:30 am - 1:30 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 lead a workshop on techniques to approach writing about place in your memoir, and to thinking of...

Icon of the event Kim Thuy: 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 Thuy returns with Vi, exploring the lives, loves and struggles of Vietnamese refugees as they reinvent themselves in new lands....

Icon of the event S.O.S. Alternatives to Capitalism
Tue Apr 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Recent financial crises, white collar crime and growing income inequality have led to disenchantment and dissatisfaction with capitalism. Author Richard Swift examines various alternatives to the capitalism, including sociali...

Icon of the event Imbolo Mbue: Behold the Dreamers
Wed Apr 11, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Blue Metropolis Words to Change Award and was an Oprah's Book Club selection....

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 Writing Memoir
Wed Apr 04, 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 lead a panel of authors who have written memoirs (Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Brown and Intole...

Icon of the event Degrees of Failure: University Education in Decline
Tue Mar 27, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Author Randle Nelsen brings together such diverse topics as campus parking, college sports, helicopter parents, edu-tainment, and the use of technology in teaching, to show how continuing forms of inequity are maintained and ...

Icon of the event Exchanging Notes: The Interview with Ayelet Tsabari, Writer in Residence
Thu Mar 15, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Public Library Writer in Residence Ayelet Tsabari discusses the writer's life and craft. Ayelet's debut story collection The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wal...