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.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Torill Kove presents her latest animated short, Threads, and discusses the process of making it.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
McGill Professor Jane Everett discusses Gabrielle Roy’s reflections on the lives of women.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
ST. PATRICK’S WEEK program of words and music: Zan Cammack, PhD, Concordia University Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow in Irish Studies, gives a talk on “Cathleen Ní Houlihan from Myth to Modernity,” discussing the legend of the “poor old woman” as she evolved from myth to a nationalist icon and beyond, into contemporary Irish culture. And Dragún Bán musicians perform Irish songs.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Joe Schwarcz, PhD, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, gives a talk on “Nutritional Advice: Is There a Solution to the Confusion?”

Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
The McGill University Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies co-hosts renowned editor, publisher and author Douglas Gibson for his show “Great Scots: Canada’s Greatest Storytellers with Scottish Links.”

Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Hon. Donald J. Johnston gives a talk on his book, Missing the Tide: Global Governments in Retreat.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Lawyer Diane Skiejka of Éducaloi conducts an information session with Q&A on “Protect Your Money From Financial Abuse and Fraud.”

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Mi’kmaq poet Shannon Webb-Campbell launches Who Took My Sister? and spoken word poet Tanya Davis performs with music: a special event for NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!

Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Plum Johnson discusses her award-winning memoir They Left Us Everything, written as she grieved the loss of her parents during the long process of emptying the family home following her mother’s death.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Ellie Clavier-Rothstein relects on Charles Dickens’ visit to Montreal in May 1842 and Andrew Macdougall gives a dramatic reading of “Bob Sawyer’s Party” from The Pickwick Papers.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Peter McNally, McGill University professor and royal family enthusiast, gives a talk to mark Victoria Day.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Helen Antoniou gives a talk on her new book, Back to Beer…and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
FESTIVAL BLOOMSDAY MONTRÉAL presents a lively program celebrating the great James Joyce. Details TBA.

Past Events 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Journalist and author Kristian Gravenor shared some of the nostalgic and little-known true stories in his book, Montreal 375: Tales of Eating, Drinking, Living and Loving.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Geoff Dowd gave an illustrated presentation on his two-brother bicycle journey across the United States via the Southern Tier route from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida, in early 2017.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
To celebrate the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth, poet Rachel McCrum traces the radical lines of Scotland’s poetry from Burns to today: “Scotland’s Firebrand Poets: From Robbie Burns to Jackie Kay.”

Friday, February 2, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 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 8, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Robert N. Wilkins, historian and author of Montreal 1909, brings us back in time for fascinating glimpses into Montreal life just over a hundred years ago.

Thursday, Februrary 15, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Writer and publisher Linda Leith marks the fourth anniversary of Mavis Gallant’s death by screening the film Paris Stories: The Writing of Mavis Gallant with Q&

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Historian Rod MacLeod discusses making a trilingual graphic novel on Montreal’s 1913 Aberdeen School strike protesting anti-Semitism. The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is co-sponsoring this event.

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