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    Hush Hush

    Hush Hush 2015 was a screamer in the stacks. Almost 300 guests celebrated Halloween at the Bloor Gladstone branch for the 3rd annual Hush Hush fundraiser. The night was a howling good time and raised $60,000 for the Young Voices program at Toronto Public Library. Young Voices invites all youth interesting in writing, poetry and art to attend a full day conference and submit their work to the Young Voices magazine. The party was hosted by the Foundation’s New Collection members. Learn how you can join New Collection.    

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    The Book Lover’s Ball

    On February 5th, for the first time ever, Canada’s literati and book lovers gathered in the stacks of the Toronto Reference Library to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Book Lover’s Ball presented by TD Bank Group. The evening was a resounding success, raising over $560,000 in support of groundbreaking programs and services, exceptional book collections and innovative community spaces at Toronto Public Library. In anticipation of the Library’s soon-to-be 100 branches, guests were invited to adopt their favourite branch or bid on exclusive auction items. Over 800 guests explored the branch after hours, making…

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  • Edible Book Club with Gail Simmons

    Wednesday November 22, 2017

    Gail Simmons is a trained culinary expert, food writer, and dynamic television personality. She is a permanent judge on BRAVO’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef. Gail was previously head critic on Top Chef Masters and host of Top Chef Just Desserts. She was also co-host of The Feed.

    Her first cookbook, Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating, will be released on October 24, 2017. It features recipes inspired by Gail’s world travels—all made with accessible ingredients and with smart, simple techniques for successful family meals and easy entertaining.

  • Meet & Greet with Matthew Weiner

    Thursday November 9, 2017

    Meet Matthew Weiner, the writer, creator, executive producer, and director of Mad Men, one of television’s most honored series. Members have access to an exclusive meet and greet prior to Matthew’s public talk in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, and reserved seating at the talk.

    Members RSVP to aboucher@torontopubliclibrary.ca

  • Toronto off the Page: The Changing Face of Fandom

    Tuesday September 12, 2017

    Join Stacey May Fowles, Matt Black and Shireen Ahmed as they look at the changing face of sports fans – and how it’s affecting sports culture in Toronto, and beyond.

    Stacey May Fowles is an award-winning novelist, journalist, essayist, and the national bestselling author of Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game that Saved Me. She has written about sports for the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Blue Jays Nation, and the National Post, among others.

    Matt Black is a professional Canadian football defensive back for the Toronto Argonauts. He has been an ambassador of the Argos’ Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program, is a member of the OVFL Hall of Fame, and was honoured as the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back.

    Shireen Ahmed is a writer, public speaker and sports activist who focuses on Muslim women, and the intersections of racism and misogyny in sports. Her work has been featured and discussed in various media outlets. When she isn’t watching soccer, she drinks coffee as tool of resistance. Shireen is currently working on her first book.

    Members RSVP to aboucher@torontopubliclibrary.ca

  • Everyone’s A Aliebn When UR A Aliebn Too Copy

    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

  • Cocktails & Coversations 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.

  • Literary Trivia

    Sharpen your pencils and hit the books! We’re hosting another edition of literary trivia with prizes and bragging rights up for grabs.

  • 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.

    Members, please RSVP to Ashley Boucher

  • Friends Clearance Book Sale

    Calling all book lovers! The Friends of the Library are having their annual book clearance sale and you don’t want to miss it! Buy books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and children’s books at great prices. All proceeds support library programs across the city.

    Event Details:
    Toronto Reference Library – Beeton Hall

    Thursday, March 16, 9:30 am – 7 pm
    Friday, March 17, 9 am – 7 pm
    Saturday, March 18, 9 am – 4 pm

    To learn more about the Friends of the Library, click here