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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 Killing and Counting Vampires in I Am Legend: The Mathematics of Dystopia
Mon Jun 04, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

The publication of I am Legend in 1954, Richard Matheson's novella about a vampire apocalypse, was a pivotal moment in the history of vampire stories. It marks the midpoint between the predator Dracula of Bram Stoker's novel ...

Icon of the event Yearning for Freedom
Tue May 15, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Calls Across the Pacific tells the story of Nina Huang who flees the Cultural Revolution to America in 1969. Years later, she writes to denounce Mao's regime. As a Canadian freelance writer, she risks her freedom and life to ...

Icon of the event Bad Singer - Good Singer
Thu May 03, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Join author Tim Falconer (Bad Singer) and singer-songwriter and educator Tyler Ellis as they explore the culture, the science, the joy, and the gut-wrenching fear of raising your voice in song.

Icon of the event What Makes a Book Marvelous?
Wed Apr 25, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Deer Park

Deborah Dundas, the books editor at the Toronto Star, will talk about how she picks the books she assigns for review in the Star's books section. She'll talk about what critics look for when they're reviewing a book, what tak...

Icon of the event Eye of the Storm: Lester Pearson and the Suez Crisis
Mon Apr 23, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

Based on his book, Antony Anderson will present a talk on how Canada's greatest diplomat, Lester Pearson helped solve the 1956 Suez Crisis. In the process, Pearson persuaded the UN General Assembly to establish its first peac...

Icon of the event The World Inside and Around a Beehive
Wed Apr 11, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lillian H. Smith

Come and discover the many direct benefits of pleasure beekeeping, and the innovative solutions that open it now to general public. Anatole Yarmosh, PhD, author of "The World Inside and Around a Beehive" book series and 4th g...

Icon of the event My Year in Robot Land
Thu Apr 05, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: S. Walter Stewart

How a digital immigrant researched and wrote "Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact and Speculation"...

Icon of the event Dr. Frankenstein's Laboratory for Hybrid Writing
Sat Mar 10, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Who says that a story has to have a beginning, middle and end - in that order? Why can't poetry be prosaic? Cutup, mix up, reframe and reimagine existing source texts, and invent hybrid creations that defy categorization. Pre...

Icon of the event Freedom to Read Week: The Comics Code Authority
Thu Mar 01, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Danforth/Coxwell

Join us for a visit with Tory Woollcott as she talks about the Comics Code Authority: The Cold War, Censorship, Lies, and The History of Comics.