Author Talks & Lectures

Icon of the event Adventures in Memory
Thu Oct 11, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory? Two Norwegian sisters, one a neuropsychologist and the other an acclaimed writer, discuss their book ...

Icon of the event Glynnis MacNicol: No One Tells You This
Thu Nov 01, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Bloor/Gladstone

Popular feminist writer Glynnis MacNicol presents her memoir, No One Tells You This, where she questions the expectations of marriage and family still placed on women, and reflects on what it means to be a successful woman to...

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 Indigenous Writers' Gathering
Tue Oct 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Three Canada Reads Finalists talk about Indigenous stories in the national competition- the successes and the difficulties they face.

Icon of the event Jack McClelland: The Most (in)Famous Publisher in Canadian History
Thu Oct 04, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Jack McClelland had an outsized impact on the development of our national literature - an impact which matched his larger-than-life personality. His influence on the national imagination was so profound that Leonard Cohen onc...

Icon of the event STAR TALKS: Lindsay Wong: The Woo Woo
Mon Nov 12, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Wong discusses her debut novel, The Woo Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, her jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, about a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian famil...

Icon of the event How can we protect ourselves from Facebook?
Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

As the impact of fake news became evident after Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, voices across the world have argued that social media giants have become a threat to democracy. The Cambridge Analytica scandal added ur...

Icon of the event Intro to Cryptocurrency
Mon Nov 19, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

The last two years have introduced cryptocurrency to the mainstream, and it's here to stay. Join us as we discuss the various aspects of this new and exciting industry, including the following topics, so that you have a basis...

Icon of the event Hallelujah: A Leonard Cohen Sing-Along
Thu Nov 29, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Northern District

Join an all-star cast of friends, colleagues and fans of Leonard Cohen as they tell stories about the artist?s unique life and contribution to song ? then sing along as some of his best known songs are played in a public sett...

Icon of the event Alanna Mitchell: The Spinning Magnet
Mon Nov 19, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Bloor/Gladstone

In 2014, science journalist Alanna Mitchell turned her award-winning 2010 book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis into a one-woman theatre show, and performed it across Canada to much acclaim. She now presents The Spinning ...