Zadie Smith, Mike Myers and Siddhartha Mukherjee Among Headliners for 2016 Bram & Bluma Appel Salon Fall Season

August 4, 2016 | Media Relations

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Be part of the ongoing Appel Salon conversation with new books and new ideas at Toronto Public Library’s signature event space for the literary and performing arts, politics and pop culture.

Appel Salon line-up
2016 Salon highlights: (l to r) Zadie Smith, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Chris Hadfield, Emma Donoghue, Mike Myers

Our fall season kicks off September 9 with Jonathan Safran Foer and his first novel in 10 years, Here I Am. Author of the ground-breaking book, Eating Animals and the novel, Everything is Illuminated, Foer’s new novel explores the multiple identities that we all inhabit in contemporary life in a work of “extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.” On September 20, writer and journalist Carl Hiaasen talks with Linwood Barclay about his new “screwball adventure,” Razor Girl, set in the Florida Keys.

Our last two September events feature Ross King on September 26, whose new book looks at the life and later career of painter Claude Monet by telling the story of one of his most iconic paintings, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of Water Lilies. On September 27, famed Canadian writer Emma Donoghue is back with her new novel, The Wonder, set in rural Ireland in the mid-19th century.

October is chock full of events including Bel Canto author, Ann Patchett, on her new novel, Commonwealth; cartoonist Sarah Glidden, whose graphic journalism re-tells the stories of women she met while on assignment in Turkey, Syria and Iraq; the Awards Ceremony for the Toronto Book Awards with CBC’s Gill Deacon; and an event which explores what The Future Museum will be like with the new heads of AGO and ROM.

As if that weren’t enough already for October, on October 17, famed medical doctor and cancer researcher, Siddhartha Mukherjee (Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer) lectures on the intersections of health, technology and personalized medicine in our Cutting Edge Lecture. Roméo Dallaire is here to discuss his ground-breaking new memoir (which has been compared to the work of Joan Didion and William Styron) about his ongoing struggle to overcome PTSD.

We round out October with a sure-to-be crowd-pleaser, Mike Myers, who’s here to discuss his latest book on – what else? – Canada.

November gives us a great deal of variety: from Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Underground Railroad (recently selected for Oprah’s Book Club) to Robert Harris on his new book, Conclave, which imagines the nail-biting system by which a new pope is selected in a secretive process that goes back centuries. In Songs of the Soldiers on November 9, we celebrate the tragic and moving stories of two WWI soldiers in a very special evening of words, songs and memories.

Another of November’s highlights includes Canada’s favourite astronaut, Chris Hadfield, in a rare on-stage interactive presentation involving four TPL branches, an Indigenous community in Ontario’s north, and our Appel Salon audience – problem-solving in space, showing the Toronto public what it’s like to think like an astronaut.

Finally, we wrap up 2016 in style on December 6 with famed literary superstar, Zadie Smith, on her new novel, Swing Time, which shows us the power of music and friendship.

Come take part in our booming literary Salon - see what it’s all about and be part of the conversation.

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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, Bruce Cockburn, Lena Dunham, Umberto Eco, Malcolm Gladwell, Ben Heppner, John Irving, Jhumpa Lahiri, Donna Leon, Stephen Lewis, David Mitchell, Anne Rice, Donna Tartt, Justin Trudeau and Salman Rushdie.  


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