Book Lover’s Ball 2015 hosts its very first ‘After Dark’ after party at The Toronto Reference Library

Presented by Toronto Public Library Foundation and TD Bank Group, the tenth annual Book Lover’s Ball and its first “After Dark” “party in the stacks” took place at the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

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Over fifty authors were in attendance with some participating in “Celebrity Speed Scrabble” in the “Meet Up” area on the second floor: Andrew Pyper, Charles Foran, Craig Davidson, Dan Riskin, Elyse Friedman, Gordon Henderson, Jennifer Robson, Kevin Sands, Kevin Sylvester, Marissa Stapley, Michael Redhill and Susanna Kearsley.

Also on the second floor, the “Spontaneous Prose Store”, featured authors Matthew J. Trafford and Elizabeth Ruth writing customized pieces of poetry or literary portraits in the “Idea Garden”. Guests of the Book Lover’s Ball relaxed in the VIP Lounge area while enjoying the evening’s specialty cocktail: The Book Lover’s Ball 10th Anniversary Old Fashioned, and flavoured popcorn.

Exploration of the Toronto Reference Library’s new areas was encouraged including the 3D digital printing room, study pods and the Special Collection Centre on the fifth floor.

Comfort Foods including poutine, pulled duck tacos, sliders, macaroni and cheese, were served to hungry party goers. Passed around on library carts by well-heeled “librarians” were tasty desserts such as mango/passion fruit mousse and various chocolate treats.

With a few bars located around the facility, it didn’t take long for guests to take off their shoes and “shake their tail feathers” to Jason Collett‘s Basement Revue with live music from the fifties.

Authors also took to the stage for special performances. DJ Odario kept up the beat with everyone on the dance floor by the end of the night!

A party in the stacks “After Dark” with Canada’s top literary talents proved to be an excellent idea!

For more information about the Toronto Public Library Foundation, please visit their website: http://tplfoundation.ca.

(photos by Tanya)

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