Great Books Lecture Series

The Great Books Lecture Series is an annual speaker series that explores books based on a theme. The lecture series, delivered by academics, explores humanity, diverse views and possibilities through independent presentations on important literary titles as they relate to the series’ annual theme. The series is curated by Paul Chafe of Toronto Metropolitan University.

With mounting environmental and climate concerns, the theme of the Toronto Public Library's 2022 Great Books Lecture Series is Wild Nights at the Library, and applies its focus to eco-critical examinations of literature that reimagines nature and questions our place within it.

Past Programs

Watch replays of Great Books Lecture Series programs

Great Books Reading List

Interested in reading some literary classics?

This reading list includes all the titles included in the 2022 Great Books Lecture Series.