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, October 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm 

The Milton String Quartet plays a program of favourites by Haydn and Mendelssohn. Formed in 2015 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the Milton String Quartet is working under the tutelage of Professor André J. Roy. Devoted to chamber music dissemination, its members are involved in the Montreal community and engage in outreach opportunities and community events.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:30pm
Journalist Anne Lagacé Dowson discusses current Quebec attitudes towards Muslim immigrants with reference to what happened in earlier eras when foreigners arrived – the Irish, Jews, Ukrainians.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm
John H. Burgess, M.D. gives an illustrated talk on the book he co-edited, The General: A History of the Montreal General Hospital.

FRIDAY, October 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Margaret Atwood discusses and reads from Hag-Seed, her novel revisitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project.
Note: A limited number of passes will be given out starting 10:00 on the morning of the event — first come, first served. Our auditorium has seating capacity for 100.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Author Jack Buckman gives a talk on his new book, Unraveling the Threads: The Life, Death and Resurrection of the Singer Company, America’s First Multi-National Corporation.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Author Kate Armour Reed discusses her new biography of her remarkable grandmother, A Woman’s Touch: Kate Reed and Canada’s Grand Hotels. Kate Reed (1856-1928) decorated the CPR railway hotels and mountain lodges that became an enduring source of national pride, and she was well acquainted with contemporary leaders of industry and civic life.

Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Heather McNabb gives an illustrated talk on the history of the Scots in Montreal.

Past Events

Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Joe Schwarcz, PhD, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, gives a talk on “Science and Celebrities.‎”

Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Historian Steven High takes you on a journey back into the industrial history of Little Burgundy and Pointe Saint-Charles. His talk will feature illustrations and audio extracts of interviews conducted over the last few years with residents of these two neighbourhoods, which face each other across the Lachine Canal.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Barbara Lewis performs her new concert, MY CANADA: Singing the Soul of a Country, a tribute to Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday in 2017. The show features some of Canada’s most beloved songs from Joni Mitchell, Claude Dubois, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Leonard Cohen and many others. A few sing-alongs, too.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Nancy Dunton gives an illustrated presentation on Montreal architecture, drawing from the book she co-authored with Helen Malkin, A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal: Second Edition.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Award-winning author and historian Ross King gives an illustrated presentation on his new book Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of Water Lilies.

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