Luis Alberto Urrea: Good Night, Irene

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Luis Alberto Urrea: Good Night, Irene

Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea joins us in the Appel Salon to discuss his new novel, Good Night, Irene.

By Toronto Public Library

When and where

Date and time

Wed, Jun 14, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT


Bram & Bluma Appel Salon Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M4W 2G8 Canada

About this event

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the landmark, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Devil’s Highway, joins us to discuss his new novel, Good Night, Irene.

In the tradition of The Nightingale and Transcription, this work is a searing epic based on the magnificent and true story of heroic Red Cross women. Taking as inspiration his mother’s own Red Cross service, the author has delivered an overlooked story of women’s heroism in World War II with this affecting and uplifting portrait of friendship and valor in harrowing circumstances.

Question and answer session and book signing to follow. Books available for purchase.

About this event's guests:

Luis Alberto Urrea

Read more:

Good Night, Irene

This event is part of our signature Salon Series, where we host local and international authors, artists and thinkers in conversation about their new books and big ideas.


Note: This is an in-person event at The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, the premiere event space for Toronto Public Library’s cultural and heritage programming located on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street).

Arrive early, meet people. The talk starts at 7 pm, but doors open at 6 pm. Come early so you can chat with your fellow literature lovers, and make new friends. As with all Appel Salon events, we'll have a cash bar with a selection of beer and wine, as well as sandwiches and snacks.

Reminder! We oversell these events to make sure that most people have an opportunity to attend. Tickets are only guaranteed until 15 minutes before the show starts, at which point we will start opening up available spots to the rush line.

This event will not be live streamed but the replay will be made available to watch on TPL’s YouTube channel.


Accessibility at Toronto Public Library

We are committed to making our content accessible to as many Torontonians as possible. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks’ notice is preferred. Phone 416-393-7099 or email

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