It's a Salon Wrap!
The Appel Salon wrapped up its 2011 season last night with a great discussion about the future of the Liberal party. Peter C. Newman jousted with Liberal insider John Duffy in a conversation moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin. If you missed it, the video will be up in a few days.
2011 was a very successful season at the Salon, with more than 13,000 people passing through our doors. We hosted literary superstars Umberto Eco, Jeffrey Eugenides, Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Leon, Howard Jacobson and Jeannette Winterson, as well people who brought the issues of the day into the library –people like Samantha Nutt, Jeffrey Sachs, Karen Armstrong, Tim Flannery and Bob Rae. Our continuing partnership with the Toronto Star brought us entertaining evenings with Peter Oundjian, Karen Kain, Ron Maclean, Brian Dennehy and Randy Bachman. And we partnered with the City of Toronto to celebrate the centenary of Marshall McLuhan with a series of Monday Night Seminars.
The Salon is taking a little nap over the holidays, but returns for a new season on January 12 with sci-fi great William Gibson. Watch for musician Jane Bunnett, crime writers Sara Paretsky and Harlan Coben, New York chef Gabrielle Hamilton, Luminato artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt, and Wael Ghonim (the Egyption Google exec who was arrested during the Arab Spring.) Our popular Shakespeare Lectures also return in March. Full details at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/appelsalon. See you next year!