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    Ben Rawlence: A look at the world’s largest refugee camp

    Exclusive event for New Collection members. Many see the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya as a humanitarian crisis. But to its residents, it’s their last resort. In his book, City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine people to show what life is like in the camp. Join Rawlence as we discuss the urgent human story of Dadaab and its repercussions.

    Food and beverage will be provided at this event.

    Please RSVP to Ashley Boucher or 416-393-7073.

  • Spur Festival: Our New Tribalism

    Public Event. The 21st century has brought unprecedented change when it comes to personal freedoms. Many greet this fluidity with open arms. Others cling to the tribes they most identify with. What does this mean for our communities here in Canada, and for the world? Journalists Ben Rawlence, Irshad Manji and Hadani Ditmars discuss our new tribalism.

    A small number of tickets are held in reserve for patrons of the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Council of 100, Literary Circle, Heritage Society and New Collection. Please contact Ashley Boucher, 416-393-7073 to reserve your ticket.

  • Donna Leon

    The international best-selling author of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, celebrating its 25th anniversary with The Waters of Eternal Youth.

    A small number of tickets are held in reserve for patrons of the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Council of 100, Literary Circle, Heritage Society and New Collection. Please contact Ashley Boucher, 416-393-7073 to reserve your ticket.

  • Margaret MacMillan

    Bluma Lecture

    Join us for the 4th Annual Bluma Lecture as noted author Margaret MacMillan examines the women who helped make history and whose voices help historians write it.

    Professor MacMillan’s books include Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World and The War That Ended Peace. She is the Warden of St Antony’s College and a Professor of International History at the University of Oxford. In 2006 Professor MacMillan was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2016 she was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada.

    This event is now completely sold out, but you can view the live stream by clicking this link.

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  • David Walliams at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

    The English comedian, actor, author and television personality (Little Britain, Britain’s Got Talent) on becoming Britain’s biggest children’s author to debut this century. With Toronto Star’s film critic and movie writer Linda Barnard.

    A small number of tickets are held in reserve for patrons of the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Council of 100, Literary Circle, Heritage Society and New Collection. Please contact Ashley Boucher, 416-393-7073 to reserve your ticket.

  • Graham Abbey at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

    Actor and director Graham Abbey explores redemption and rebellion in Shakespeare’s history plays.
    With performances from stars of the Stratford Festival.

    A small number of tickets are held in reserve for patrons of the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Council of 100, Literary Circle, Heritage Society and New Collection. Please contact Ashley Boucher, 416-393-7073 to reserve your ticket.

  • Daniel Clowes at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

    The Academy Award nominated creator of Eightball, Ghost World and Wilson, Daniel Clowes, on his new graphic novel, Patience. With Canadian cartoonist Seth.

    A small number of tickets are held in reserve for patrons of the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Council of 100, Literary Circle, Heritage Society and New Collection. Please contact Ashley Boucher, 416-393-7073 to reserve your ticket.

     

  • Marlon James at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

    Public Event. Don’t forget to reserve your ticket to see celebrated Jamaican novelist and 2015 Man Booker Prize winner for A Brief History of Seven Killings. With TIFF’s Artistic Director Cameron Bailey.

    A small number of tickets are held in reserve for patrons of the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Council of 100, Literary Circle, Heritage Society and New Collection. Please contact Ashley Boucher, 416-393-7073 to reserve your ticket.

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    100 Ways to Build a Library: An interactive tour

    Exclusive event for New Collection members. Join the architects of TPL’s 100th branch, LGA Architectural Partners, as they show you how to ‘read a building’. Highlighting how library design has evolved with societal shifts and changing ideas, this tour will reveal that there’s a lot more to the design of bricks, mortar and bookshelves than first meets the eye.

    Food and beverage will be provided at this event

    Please RSVP to Ashley Boucher or 416-393-7073.

  • Muriel Barberry at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

    From Paris, in a rare Canadian appearance, the internationally best-selling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog talks about her new novel The Life of Elves. In conversation with CBC Radio‘s Eleanor Wachtel.

    A small number of tickets are held in reserve for patrons of the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Council of 100, Literary Circle, Heritage Society and New Collection. Please contact Ashley Boucher, 416-393-7073 to reserve your ticket.