Justin Trudeau, Bruce Cockburn, Naomi Klein to headline Bram & Bluma Appel Salon fall season

August 14, 2014 | Media Relations

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The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Public Library’s signature event space for guests from the world of literature, the performing arts, politics and pop culture launches a spectacular fall season with a host of big names and big ideas including Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau, Canadian music legend Bruce Cockburn and author-activist Naomi Klein.


In a new memoir, Common Ground, Justin Trudeau reveals the experiences that have shaped him over the course of his life; Bruce Cockburn opens up about faith, fear and activism in Rumours of Glory, and Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, goes to war with capitalism in This Changes Everything.


The Appel Salon season launches August 25th with a sold out event with mystery writer Louise Penny (The Long Way Home) and more suspense follows with international bestseller Linwood Barclay and his latest thriller A Tap on the Window.


Coming to the Appel Salon stage with their first novels in over ten years are award-winning Canadian writers Thomas King (The Back of the Turtle) and Ann-Marie Macdonald (Adult Onset).  


Returning are acclaimed author Karen Armstrong with Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence and acclaimed biographer and historian Conrad Black with Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present.  


Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychologist and bestselling author talks about The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.


Caitlin Moran, the British columnist and critic, joins the Appel Salon to talk about her hilarious yet deeply moving coming-of-age novel How to Build a Girl.


Alan Doyle, front man of Great Big Sea, talks about his path from Petty Harbour, NFLD to the world stage.


Bernard Cornwell, bestselling author of the Sharpe novels, discusses his first work of non-fiction, Waterloo: The True Story of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles.


In October, Gill Deacon hosts the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards and the Appel Salon introduces its first family event with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featuring beloved author Dennis Lee.


In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, the Appel Salon presents the poetry of the First World War in dramatic readings in English, French and German by R.H. Thomson, Christopher Newton and Martha Burns. 


All events are free. For a full listing, visit www.torontopubliclibrary/appelsalon.


The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, located in the heart of Toronto on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library, is a place where writers, thinkers, artists and innovators come together for conversation and debate.

Since opening in 2009, the Appel Salon has hosted a wide array of fascinating people, including Margaret Atwood, Umberto Eco, Eve Ensler, Jeffery Eugenides, Malcolm Gladwell, Ben Heppner, John Irving, Jhumpa Lahiri, Donna Leon, Stephen Lewis, David Mitchell, Anne Rice, Donna Tartt and Salman Rushdie.  

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Media Contact:

Yvonne Hunter, 416-393-7098 / 416-268-6840

Manager, Cultural and Special Event Programming

Toronto Public Library