1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount, Québec H3Z 1X4
Monday 10 am - 8 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
The Atwater Library Lunchtime Series features once-a-week presentations by leading writers, musicians, intellectuals, scientists, and many more people sharing their knowledge and experience with the Atwater Library community. Lunchtime Series events usually take place on Thursdays (but sometimes are on other days), from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Admission is free though we do appreciate donations! Everyone is welcome and we serve coffee and biscuits.
See below for the latest events.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Mario Robert, Head of the Archives Section, gives an illustrated presentation on the Archives de Montréal, now celebrating its 100th anniversary. He will recount fascinating stories of Montreal's colourful past.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Writer Will Aitken speaks on the theme "Another County: Fiction Writing and the Other Place." He will talk about the importance of Japan in his work, and read from his latest novel, My Life Burning in the Moonlight.
This event is jointly hosted by the Atwater Library and the Quebec Writers' Federation's Writers Out Loud series, with funding for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Brenda Shanahan, financial educator, The Gazette's "Let's Talk Money" columnist, and financial commentator on CityTV's Breakfast Television and CJAD's The Tommy Schnurmacher Show, gives a talk on "Bridging the Income Gap....Tips on Easing Into Full Retirement". She will discuss different phases in post-employment life and how to match lifestyle goals with potential income sources and related tax implications.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm
The Globe and Mail obituary writer and author Sandra Martin discusses her highly-praised book Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that Changed Canada and recounts touching stories about little-known heroes as well as celebrities.
With funding for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts
Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Antiquarian bookseller and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast Wilfrid de Freitas gives a talk on Holmes and discusses his enduring appeal. de Freitas is a co-founder of The Bimetallic Question, Montreal's Sherlock Holmes society.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Acclaimed author Ross King discusses his bestselling books on art and history, including his latest award-winner, Leonardo and The Last Supper.
With funding for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts
WEDNESDAY, October 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm
A program on "Mothers of the 1950s" features award-winning author and editor Lorri Neilsen Glenn discussing and reading from Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s and Threading Light.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill's Office for Science and Society and author, gives a talk about Houdini on the 87th anniversary of his death.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Cheryl Kinney, medical doctor and Jane Austen scholar, gives a talk on "A Dangerous Indulgence: Women's Health in Jane Austen's Time."
Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Playwright Colleen Curran presents selections from her comedic works inspired by President John F. Kennedy, JFK, JACKIE & ME, including her very short play called The Pillbox Hat with actors Sylvia Cymbalista and Carole LaViolette.
FRIDAY, November 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Joaquín (Quim) Madrenas gives a talk on "Infectious Music: How Microbes Have Shaped Our Music," using music, art and history as tools to give information about infectious diseases and to explore the impact of these diseases on music, art and history. Dr. Madrenas is Full Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Immunology.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Gifted singer Barbara Lewis performs holiday songs, accompanied by Chad Linsley on piano. The program focuses on Christmas music and also features festive songs of other traditions.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Veteran actor Vlasta Vrana gives a dramatic reading for Christmastime in keeping with a cherished Atwater Library tradition. His selections include "Nobody's Story" by Charles Dickens and "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Richard W. Pound gives a talk on his new book Quotations for the Fast Lane. In addition to being an author, Richard W. Pound is a lawyer, athlete, former VP of the International Olympic Committee, founding head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, former Chancellor of McGill University, and an active community volunteer. He is chairing the Atwater Library's "Building Communities" Capital Campaign.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Art historian Sandra Paikowsky gives an illustrated talk on "A Visit to Venice in Montreal" with a look at the art and architecture of Renaissance Venice. She will concentrate on the magnificent paintings and their role in Venetian society. The talk is prompted by the exhibition Splendore a Venezia – Art and Music from the Renaissance to Baroque in Venice at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until January 19, 2014.
FRIDAY, February 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH, the IMANI Gospel Singers, directed by Marcia Bailey, perform a program of spiritual music and discuss the evolution of Black gospel music.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm
For BLACK HISTORY MONTH, author David Austin gives a talk on his new book, Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Musicians John Kerkhoven and Paul Serralheiro present "The Blues in Jazz: a historical interpretation with harmonica and guitar." The blues and jazz are two distinct but related musical genres arising out of the African-American experience. This musical lecture will highlight some of the ways that blues has been integral to and interpreted within the jazz repertoire.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Sociologist Brian Webb gives a talk on "The Life and Times of Brother André." He will probe the man responsible for the construction of St. Joseph's Oratory who rose from humble origins in rural Québec to be named a Saint of the Church in 2010.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Psychiatry professor and author Dr. Kieron O'Connor, whose pen name is Ken Konor, gives a talk on mental health and probes the interplay between science and fiction, referring to his books The Twitch and The Superway.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Architectural historian Susan Wagg gives an illustrated presentation on her book The Architecture of Andrew Thomas Taylor: Montreal's Square Mile and Beyond, "a groundbreaking study of the life and work of a major figure in nineteenth-century Canadian architecture."
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