Events Calendar

Upcoming Events Across Ontario
Loading Events

« All Events

Town of York Historical Society Annual Fall Author Series 2023: Lorna Poplak

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us on November 16th for the third evening presentation of our Annual Fall Author’s Series!

Lorna Poplak will present on her publication “The Don Jail ” as she investigates the origins and evolution of Toronto’s most infamous jail, presenting a in-depth exploration of the jail from its inception through jailbreaks and overcrowding to its eventual closure and rebirth.

Lorna Poplak’s “The Don” portrays Toronto’s Don Jail in meticulous and fascinating detail as she explores the controversies surrounding the location and construction of the jail as well as the stories of hangings, where sentences of capital punishment were carried out on its grounds. Poplak organizes a mountain of research into a historic page turner.

About the Author:
Lorna Poplak is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and researcher with a fascination for the dark side of Canadian history. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime. Her two nonfiction books, both published by Dundurn Press, are Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada (2017), and The Don: The Story of Toronto’s Infamous Jail (2021). In 2022, The Don was shortlisted for both the Crime Writers of Canada Excellence Award and the Heritage Toronto Book Award. For more information, please visit


November 16
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Town of York Historical Society
View Organizer Website


Toronto’s First Post Office
260 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N1 Canada
+ Google Map
View Venue Website