Lunchtime Series

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, January 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Family life coach Earlyn Sharpe gives a presentation on how to keep New Year's resolutions to improve your finances, your health, and your life overall.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Author Elaine Kalman Naves gives an illustrated talk about her book Portrait of a Scandal: The Abortion Trial of Robert Notman.

FRIDAY, January 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Robert Hamilton, Senior Director of the Glen Campus Development of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), gives an illustrated presentation on the new MUHC at the Glen.

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 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm
For VALENTINE'S DAY, Patrick J. Hansen, McGill's Director of Opera Studies, gives a presentation on love stories in opera.

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 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Publisher and author Linda Leith discusses Mavis Gallant, the great Montreal-born writer who gained international renown for her work, especially her short stories.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm
To mark ST. PATRICK'S DAY, Jane McGaughey of Concordia University's School of Canadian Irish Studies gives a talk on "Irish Family Ghosts: When Professional Research and Personal History Collide" and discusses the role of the Irish in Canada in the 1837-38 rebellions.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Award-winning author and historian Tim Cook gives an illustrated talk on Sir Arthur Currie, Canada's Great War general and later principal of McGill University.
With funding for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts

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, April 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Nancy Dunton gives an illustrated talk on "The Houses of the Square Mile," the Montreal neighbourhood at the southern foot of Mount Royal where several of Canada's wealthiest and most powerful families lived in the late 19th and early 20th century. She will examine residential architecture when Montreal was Canada's metropolis and discuss how Square Mile houses are used today. 

Thursday, April 10, 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. 

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm
To mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at McGill University and Director of the University's Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI), gives a talk on "A World Coming Out: How Shakespeare Created the Public Life of Modernity."

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Montreal author Adam Leith Gollner and Albertan Jennifer Quist discuss their latest books. Leith Gollner's The Book of Immortality (Doubleday) won the Quebec Writers' Federation's 2013 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction and has generated much buzz, and Quist's Love Letters of the Angels of Death (Linda Leith Publishing) has received rave reviews nationally and internationally. This event is being hosted jointly by the Atwater Library and the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Le Groupe MusiArt, the choir of the MUHC Department of Psychiatry directed by Dr. Marie-France Boudreault, performs a variety of choral music in English and French, including songs written by members of the group.

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
Deanna Kazina discusses plans for a seed library at the Atwater Library that will make available selected seeds to Montreal-area growers and provide information to beginning seed savers.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Author Anne Renaud gives an illustrated presentation about her book The Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan, telling the story of the 19th century woman who was almost 8 feet tall and billed as "Nova Scotia Giant Girl" in P. T. Barnum's American Museum in New York ... but also had a rich and full life.

Thursday, June 5, 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."

Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Bloomsday Montreal presents a Bloomsday Cabaret to celebrate the great James Joyce. Details to be announced.

Please click here to view the events list for September-December 2013.
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Please click here to view the events list for September-December 2012.
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