Salman Rushdie, Margaret Trudeau, Jane Urquhart headline second season
TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - Since the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon opened on
the second floor of the iconic Toronto Reference Library at Bloor and
Yonge nearly a year ago, thousands of people have attended dozens of
free cultural events, quickly making this popular venue the city's "it"
place for literary programming. Following this impressive inaugural
year, Toronto Public Library announces its fall line-up of literary
stars and hot topic events that is sure to encourage even more people to
experience culture in the city.
"I'm thrilled to launch our second season for the Appel Salon," said
programming manager Tina Srebotnjak. "Thanks to the great response to
our first season, we've been able to attract a pretty impressive lineup
of A-listers. Publishers are happy to have such a lovely, warm venue for
their writers, and the audience really seems to appreciate the chance to
hear from and talk to our guests."
The Appel Salon has supported Toronto Public Library's strategic goal to
encourage the accessibility of diverse cultural, literary and arts
events in the city of Toronto. The beautiful, 16,000 square foot venue
is fully accessible and welcoming and the cash bar and open space offers
great opportunities for socializing before each event.
More than 13,000 people - from all age groups and cultural backgrounds -
attended 45 events in the Appel Salon's remarkable first year.
Audience members have rated the space "the coolest, smartest, and most
unique contemporary public venue" in the city and, as many predicted,"a
major cultural gathering point in the downtown core. "
The fall lineup of speakers and events at the Appel Salon is shaping up
to be both exciting and enriching! A sample of the free upcoming events
Jane Urquhart kicks off the season discussing her new book, Sanctuary
Line, with Antanas Sileika, author and artistic director of the
Humber School of Writers
Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight's Children will
discuss the sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Luka
and the Fire of Life.
Blood, Sweat and Tears frontman David Clayton Thomas will
discuss his new autobiography with Toronto Star entertainment
columnist Geoff Pevere; and Margaret Trudeau discusses her new
memoir, Changing My Mind. (Part of the Star Talks series.)
Mayor David Miller discusses seven years of transforming
Toronto, in an exit interview with Andy Barrie
Plus Antonio Fraser, Michael Ondaatje, Anita Shreve,
and many more!
A full list of events and programming can be found on our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca/appelsalon
Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 17.5 million people visit our 99 branches
and borrow more than 31 million items. To learn more about Toronto
Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call
Answerline at 416-393-7131.
SOURCE Toronto Public Library
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