The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a literary and cultural programming space on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

Looking for a Salon event that isn’t listed here? Check the On Civil Society program series.

Upcoming Events

Free tickets are required for all events. Learn more about event tickets

Gill Paul: Wives of Princes – Wed, Sep 12 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Gill Paul is a bestselling author of historical fiction. Her latest novel, Another Woman’s Husband, is about links you may not have been aware of between Wallis Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor, and Diana, Princess of Wales. Hear her in discussion with host, Marci Ien.

Anne T. Donahue: A Beautiful Disaster – Fri, Sep 14 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

From the author of the popular newsletter That’s What She Said, Nobody Cares is a frank, funny personal essay collection about work, failure, feminism, and the messy business of being alive in your twenties and thirties. See Anne T. Donahue in conversation with Jessica Allen.

Ryan North: How to Invent Everything – Fri, Sep 21 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ryan North is the New York Times-bestselling author of two chooseable-path Shakespeare books, Romeo and/or Juliet and To Be or Not to Be. He’s the creator of Dinosaur Comics and the Eisner Award-winning writer of Adventure Time, Jughead, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel Comics. Hear him discuss his latest graphic novel on the key technologies that made each stage of human civilization possible, How to Invent Everything, with Daily Planet’s Anthony Morgan.

Wab Kinew: Go Show the World – Mon, Sep 24 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Inspired by Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing, Wab Kinew celebrates the stories of Indigenous people throughout time. Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the basis for the text in this beautiful picture book, illustrated by the acclaimed Joe Morse. Come see Kinew in conversation with Candy Palmater.

THE OTHER SHELF. Sisonke Msimang: Exile and Home – Mon, Sep 24 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

South African writer Sisonke Msimang talks about her book Always Another Country, where she interweaves her personal journey with her political awakening in America and Africa, her euphoria at returning after many years in exile and her disillusionment with the country’s new elites.

Thomas King: Cold Skies – Wed, Sep 26 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His critically acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water and The Inconvenient Indian, a work of non-fiction which won several national prizes and has been described as “destined to become a classic of historical narrative.”

Hear him discuss Cold Skies, one of his DreadfulWater mystery series.

Gary Shteyngart: Lake Success – Mon, Oct 01 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Little Failure (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and the novels Super Sad True Love Story (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Absurdistan, and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction).

Hear him in conversation about his latest book, Lake Success with BuzzFeed’s Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

Randy Boyagoda: Prin’s Original Sin – Wed, Oct 03 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Novelist, critic and academic, Randy Boyagoda’s latest novel, Original Prin, is a strangely funny novel about religion in a modern, secular world. See him in conversation with the former editor of The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus.

Toronto Book Awards: Awards Ceremony – Wed, Oct 10 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for the announcement of the winner of the 2018 Toronto Book Awards.

Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money: finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $10,000.

The shortlist includes:

Dionne Brand, The Unpublished City
David Chariandy, Brother
Carrianne Leung, That Time I Loved You
Lee Maracle, My Conversations with Canadians
Kerri Sakamoto, Floating City

Toronto Public Library and Indigo Books + Music are proud to present Jodi Picoult in Conversation on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. Purchase a book and ticket package.

Event tickets

Free tickets are released three weeks before each event and are available to book starting at 9 a.m.

As most events are free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your reservation may not guarantee admission. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes before the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.

There is a limit of two tickets per valid email address.