Toronto Public Library Announces Lineup in Appel Salon

Karen Armstrong, Bob Rae, Allison Pearson headline 2011 season

TORONTO, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - Toronto Public Library is launching the first of this year's free literary events in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon on January 17 with author Karen Armstrong interviewed by CBC radio's Mary Hynes. Armstrong will talk about twelve steps to a compassionate life.

Since it opened in the fall of 2009, more than 16,000 people have attended cultural and literary programs in the Appel Salon on the second floor of the iconic Toronto Reference Library. To avoid disappointment, Toronto Public Library has initiated a new online ticketing system for events held in the Salon. Tickets for most events remain free of charge and can be ordered by visiting

The popularity of the Appel Salon, a beautiful 16,000 square foot venue with a cash bar, is continuing into 2011—people have already grabbed up all the free tickets for the Armstrong event. Following Karen Armstrong's appearance on January 17 (events begin at 7:00 pm; doors and cash bar open at 6:00 pm), the lineup of speakers and events includes:

  • February 3 - Shaw Festival: Jackie Maxwell and Michael Healey on new approaches to George Bernard Shaw with Shaw Festival Literary Manager Joanna Falck.
  • February 7 - Star Talks: Bob Rae on exporting democracy and other risky ideas with the Toronto Star's James Travers.
  • February 8 - Allison Pearson on her new novel, I Think I Love You, with the Globe and Mail's Johanna Schneller.
  • Plus…a four-part lecture series on Shakespearian plays, TSO music director Peter Oundjian, Mann Booker prize winner Howard Jacobson, author and environmental activist Tim Flannery, and many more!

A full list of events and programming can be found on our website at

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 or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

SOURCE Toronto Public Library

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