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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 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 Haunted Hospitals: Eerie Tales about Hospitals and Other Institutions
Tue Feb 13, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Hospitals are places of healing, places of birth and death, places of hope and despair. Given the intense emotions experienced in these buildings, is it any wonder when some echoes of the past linger indefinitely? Join author...

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 STAR TALKS: Andrew Morton on Wallis Simpson
Thu Feb 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Bestselling author Andrew Morton wrote the seminal biography of Princess Diana....

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 Toronto Revealed: Documenting Hidden Toronto
Mon Mar 12, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

A lively conversation with writers and illustrators who capture new perspectives into the city around us, featuring Shawn Micallef, Catherine Hernandez and Michael Cho....

Icon of the event Scarborough Historical Society Meeting
Tue Apr 24, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Bendale

Join us for talks on historical subjects. Meetings are free and include refreshments. At this meeting Larry Noonan presents: People?s Stories for a People?s Park.

Icon of the event Meet Ayelet Tsabari, Writer in Residence, Spring 2018
Mon Feb 05, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Meet Ayelet Tsabari, award-winning author of The Best Place on Earth, and current Writer in Residence at Toronto Public Library. After a reading, the event will conclude with Questions and Answers. Free. No registration requi...