New Collection is your all-access pass to events that bring together the culturally curious with prominent writers, artists and intellectuals. New Collection members are young Torontonians (ages 19 – 45) who get exclusive access to the city’s vibrant literary scene.

Why join?

  • Access to exclusive New Collection events throughout the year
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of the library’s special collections
  • Reserve tickets to special lectures at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
  • Receive a charitable tax receipt for a portion of your membership
  • Discounted tickets to Hush Hush, New Collection’s annual party at the Bloor/Gladstone branch
  • Need another reason to join? Check us out in the Toronto Star

A portion of New Collection funding is directed to the Toronto Public Library’s Young Voices program that encourages creative expression in Toronto’s youth. The program includes the annual Young Voices Magazine of Teen Writing and Art, a full-day offering of writing workshops at the annual Young Voices Writers’ Conference and a Young Voices Electronic Writer in Residence. Young Voices allow youth to connect with adult experts in the arts, increase their literary and artistic skills and learn about potential career paths.


Membership levels

  • $300 Solo, benefits for one member
  • $500 Duo, benefits for two members
  • $500 Solo with hosting  privileges – bring a friend to each event!

Membership is valid for 12 consecutive months starting on the day you join.

(Monthly payment options are available for all membership levels).

2017 events

Monday July 10, 2017

Everyone’s A Aliebn When UR A Aliebn Too

Jonathan Sun - Author Photo (Credit Alexander Tang)

Based on Jonny’s popular, absurd and surreal Twitter character – Jomny – his book is the illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, only to meet all sorts of creatures with all sorts of perspectives on life, love and happiness, all while learning to feel a little better about being an alien.

This New Collection event is hosted by Warby Parker. Warby Parker was founded in 2010 with a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. By engaging with consumers directly, they’re able to sell insanely high-quality eyewear at decidedly non-insane prices (and for every pair purchased, a pair is distributed to someone in need).

Members please RSVP to Ashley Boucher


Monday, May 29, 2017

Cocktails & Conversations with Scaachi Koul


Scaachi is a writer at BuzzFeed. One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter, her first book, is a debut collection of fierce, funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in western culture, addressing sexism, stereotypes, and the universal miseries of life. With a sharp eye and biting wit, incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul offer a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.

Members are welcome to bring a friend to this event.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Edible Book Club with Naomi Duguid


Join writer, photographer, teacher, world traveler, and great cook, Naomi Duguid as she takes us through a Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan. Members will be treated to a night of food and drink (restaurant will be announced soon) with the award-winning author. Duguid’s articles and photographs appear regularly in Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, and other publications. Taste of Persia has been named Best Cookbook of the Year by The Boston Globe, Food & Wine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Club: Bad Feminist


Following Roxane Gay’s talk in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, New Collection members will meet to discuss her book Bad Feminist. Roxane’s new book Difficult Women gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women. Click here to reserve your copy at TPL.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Toronto Off The Page: Vice & Virtue


How has Toronto defined vice and virtue through history? How has this definition evolved? How have authorities regulated and punished minority groups in their efforts to present an image of “Toronto the Good,” and how have those communities pushed back? Join Chanelle Gallant, TPL curator Nicole Dawkins and Sarah Barmak as they discuss how these issues affect contemporary Toronto. Looking at Toronto’s history, from the criminalization of marijuana to the persecution of “fallen women,” Nicole will highlight materials from TPL’s Vice & Virtue exhibit. Drinks and light refreshments served.


Contact us for more information

Ashley Boucher, Development Associate, Memberships
t. 416-393-7073

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