Toronto Reference Library

Hot beverage celebration is Toronto’s cup of tea

It was brewed, poured, sampled and bought. Tea enthusiasts of all ages eager to learn more about tea culture and specialty loose leaf teas from around the world filled the The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library Feb. 1–2 for the second annual Toronto Tea Festival.

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New Canadian citizenship offers mixed blessing

On a day when 60 people – originally from 29 different countries – officially became Canadian citizens, the atmosphere at the Toronto Reference Library was generally upbeat. For 27-year-old Elio Ramirez, however, becoming a citizen is bittersweet.

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Author says Toronto Book Award acknowledges his work

Last Thursday, when Rabindranath Maharaj won the 37th annual Toronto Book Award, he said he felt great. He admitted it was later, though, that the positive effects really sank in. “My greatest pleasure was two days afterwards when I opened my laptop and I began to write,” Maharaj said.