Monday, May 13, 6pm – 8pm
Literary Circle Event

Literary Circle members are invited to an inspirational and educational evening with Samra Zafar, an award-winning international speaker, scholar, social entrepreneur, and author.

In 2017, Samra penned an article about her personal journey for Toronto Life which became the most-read article in Canada that year. This article became the basis for her debut memoir, A Good Wife, Samra’s personal and heroic story as she escaped a decade of living as a child bride in a forced marriage in Canada, with the promise of furthering her education in Canada.

RSVP to or 416-393-7073.

  • Hush Hush

    Hush Hush 2017 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER! More than 400 guests partied in the stacks of the stunning Bloor/Gladstone Library as it transformed into beautiful Canadian landscapes. We’re thrilled to announce that over $62,000 was raised for Toronto Public Library’s Digital Innovation Hubs, giving all Torontonians free access to cutting edge technology and classes to learn, create and explore. Your philanthropic support is essential to ensuring Toronto Public Library remains a world-class institution and thriving community hub. Donors like you have an important impact on the 70% of Torontonians who rely on the Library for diverse,…

    Read more about the past event: Hush Hush
  • Inaugural Biblio Bash 2017

    On April 27 Canada’s literary and book lovers gathered in the stacks of the Toronto Reference Library to celebrate the inaugural Biblio Bash gala presented by TD Bank Group. The evening was a resounding success, raising over $605,000 in support of groundbreaking programs and services, exceptional book collections and innovative community spaces at Toronto Public Library. Over 800 guests explored the branch after hours, making it the largest party ever held in the Library. An evening unlike any other, the Ball invited guests to clink glasses and dine amongst the books with top authors. Book…

    Read more about the past event: Inaugural Biblio Bash 2017
  • Edible Book Club with the Last Schmaltz

    Anthony RoseFrom one of Toronto’s most magnetic chefs and restaurateurs comes a cookbook that has just the right amount of schmaltz! Anthony Rose is the chef and co-owner of Toronto gems Rose and Sons, Big Crow, Fat Pasha, Schmaltz Appetizing, Bar Begonia and Madame Boeuf. Join us for a night of food, laughter and a look into his debut cookbook, The Last Schmaltz. 

  • Susan Orlean: The Library Book

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    Susan Orlean Book and PictureMonday, November 19, 2018

    An intimate evening with acclaimed author
    Susan Orlean. Bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief (the basis for the film Adaptation), Susan Orlean, reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history in her soon-to-be released novel, The Library Book.

  • Cocktails and Conversation | Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

    Dr skotnicki_sandyJoin us for an evening of skin–and self–care as Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, the founding director of the Bay Dermatology Centre and Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, talks on her new book Beyond Soap: The Real Truth About What You Are Doing to Your Skin and How to Fix It for a Beautiful, Healthy Glow. In this surprising and remarkably practical book, practising dermatologist Dr. Sandy Skotnicki reveals the harmful effects of modern skincare habits and provides a step-by-step guide to preserve the microbiome, fight aging and develop beautiful, problem-free skin.

  • Annual Donor Appreciation Event

    A night in celebration of your generosity as a Library donor!

  • Edible Book Club: Indigenous Food in Culture Today

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  • Cocktails and Conversation: Cannabis and Canada

    Emily DuftonIn 2018, Canada will make recreational marijuana legal, joining eight states in the U.S. that have already legalized it. Join DC-based writer Emily Dufton to help us understand the trajectory of marijuana in North America, from acceptance to demonization and back again. Emily is the author of Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America

  • Toronto off the Page: What’s so Funny About Toronto?

    Comedy Bar

    Join us for a discussion on comedy in Toronto and how it’s evolved. Featuring award-winning journalist, screenwriter, author, and Director of Comedy Writing and Performance at Humber College, Andrew Clark, and comedic guests Gavin Williams, Lauren Mitchell, Courtney Skye.

  • 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.