By Lori Bosworth
After a leisurely summer of cottaging and vacations, why not reignite your brain cells with intellectual stimulation at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library? The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon features discussions with authors, politicians, actors and newsmakers interviewed by well-known Toronto journalists. All talks are free, but you do require a ticket to gain access. Doors open at 6 p.m. for each talk and there will be a cash bar reception. Some of the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon talks include:
Stuart McLean discusses his new collection, “Time Now for the Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange,” with CTV’s Marci Ien on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Reserve a free ticket beginning Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Opera star Ben Heppner discusses his new role in the 20th century opera “Peter Grimes” with the Toronto Star‘s Richard Ouzounian on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free tickets available Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Comic actor Colin Mochrie updates the classics by taking the first and last lines from great books and reinventing what’s in between on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free tickets available Wednesday, October 2, 2013. With Richard Ouzounian.
Former Prime Minister Joe Clark discusses his new book, “How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change” with the CBC’s Carol Off on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free tickets available Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield discusses his new book, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” with Valerie Pringle on Monday, December 9, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free tickets are available Monday, November 11, 2013.
Michael Ignatieff discusses his memoir of the 2011 federal election, “Fire and Ashes,” with CBC’s Michael Enright on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free tickets are available Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
The Bluma Appel Salon is located at the Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge Street (one block north of Bloor Street)