World-famous authors, award-winning screenwriter, and a feminist icon headline the new Appel Salon Season at Toronto Reference Library. Fourteen events featuring high-profile artists and thinkers are coming to the Appel Salon starting in January. The season will include Canadian favourites like Eden Robinson, Heather O’Neill, Margaret Atwood and Elan Mastai and international literary superstars including Paul Auster, Etgar Keret, Roxane Gay and Mohsin Hamid. Current issues and relevant hot topics will also be explored next season with a discussion on Toronto’s untouchable real estate market featuring Toronto’s chief urban planner Jennifer Keesmaat, founder of Westbank Projects Corp. Ian Gillespie and Star columnist Edward Keenan. The complicated ethics of hacks and leaks will also be debated by Anonymous expert Gabriella Coleman, Mozilla Foundation’s Executive Director, Mark Surman and Fortune writer Mathew Ingram, at an event presented in partnership with the McLuhan Centre at U of T. For more information visit torontopubliclibrary.ca

Appel Salon Programs : Programs, Classes & Exhibits : Toronto Public Library

Upcoming Events

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Will Schwalbe: Books for Living

Tue, Jan 10 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

Will Schwalbe: Books for Living : Toronto Reference Library : Program : Toronto Public Library

Schwalbe hit the bestseller list with his memoir, The End of Your Life Book Club. In Books for Living, Schwalbe claims that “everything you need to know can be found in a book.”

McLuhan Salon: Hacks, Leaks and Breaches

Thu, Jan 19 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

McLuhan Salon: Hacks, Leaks and Breaches : Toronto Reference Library : Program : Toronto Public Library

Expert on Anonymous, Gabriella Coleman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, Mark Surman and Fortune writer Mathew Ingram, on the thorny ethics of hacks and leaks.

STAR TALKS: Location, Location, Location: Toronto’s Skyrocketing Housing Prices

Fri, Jan 20 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

STAR TALKS: Location, Location, Location: Toronto’s Skyrocketing Housing Prices : Toronto Reference Library : Program : Toronto Public Library

Should Toronto or Ontario institute a non-resident tax on all new home purchases? Jennifer Keesmaat, Ian Gillespie and Edward Keenan discuss the pain of our pricey pads.

Eden Robinson: Son of a Trickster

Mon, Feb 06 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

Eden Robinson: Son of a Trickster : Toronto Reference Library : Program : Toronto Public Library

Haisla/Heiltsuk and Giller-shortlisted writer of Monkey Beach presents her first novel in 10 years, Son of a Trickster.

With Miriam Toews.

Heather O’Neill: Hotels, Orphans, Geniuses

Wed, Feb 08 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

Heather O’Neill: Hotels, Orphans, Geniuses : Toronto Reference Library : Program : Toronto Public Library

The author talks about her latest novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, which explores the lives of two misfit orphans in early 20th century Montreal.

Margaret Atwood & Angel Catbird: Saving Birds, Saving Cats – ATRIUM

Wed, Feb 22 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

Margaret Atwood & Angel Catbird: Saving Birds, Saving Cats – ATRIUM : Toronto Reference Library : Program : Toronto Public Library

Margaret Atwood presents volume 2 in her graphic novel series, Angel Catbird, published in association with conservation charity Nature Canada’s Keep Cats Safe and Save Birds Lives initiative.

Elan Mastai: The World We Were Supposed to Have

Thu, Feb 23 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

Elan Mastai: The World We Were Supposed to Have : Toronto Reference Library : Program : Toronto Public Library

Screenwriter of The F Word (2013, starring Daniel Radcliffe), Elan Mastai’s first novel, All Our Wrong Todays, the subject of a publisher bidding war, talks about his vision for the future.

Paul Auster: Birthright & Possibility

Mon, Feb 27 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

Paul Auster: Birthright & Possibility : Toronto Reference Library : Program : Toronto Public Library

One of the world’s most widely recognized names in contemporary fiction discusses his new novel, 4 3 2 1, an exploration of four parallel lives and the vicissitudes of fate.

RBC Taylor Prize Awards

Thu, Mar 02 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

An evening with the five finalists of the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. Mark Medley moderates the discussion. In partnership with IFOA.

STAR TALKS: Stephen Marche & Sarah Fulford’s Unmade Bed

Wed, Mar 08 | 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

n The Unmade Bed, Marche claims the way we talk about men and women is dated, and the way to face a new reality is together. A discussion on stage with his wife and fellow contributor, Sarah Fulford.

Location: Toronto Reference Library

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