Lunchtime Series – January to June 2010

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Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Nathalie Cooke and Ariel Buckley give an illustrated talk on CuiZine, an exciting new online journal that explores food in Canada from scholarly, creative, multidisciplinary, and multicultural perspectives. CuiZine goes where no print journal has gone before, with sound and image as well as text.

Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate Scotland’s immortal bard, ROBERT BURNS, Peter McAuslan, President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal, gives a talk and George Barclay addresses the haggis.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Di Heyse Yiddenes gives a rousing musical performance.  Billed as “Montreal’s all-girl Yiddish, doo-wop, and klezmer group”, the musicians are Maria Demacheva, violinist; Viviane Gosselin, cellist; and Fiona Stuart, Yiddish singer, accordionist, and guitarist.

Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Muslim Harji gives an illustrated talk on Africa entitled “Cycling Odyssey from Cairo to Capetown: A Journey Across Africa in Search of Hope”.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Poet Ian Ferrier performs poems (and music) exploring whether love really does make you crazy.  A refresher course on how to survive and even thrive on VALENTINE’S DAY.

Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH, author Frank Mackey discusses and reads from his new book, Done with Slavery: The Black Fact in Montreal (published by McGill-Queen’s University Press).  The book will be on sale and there’ll also be a display of books and DVDs from the Atwater Library’s specialty Black collection.

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm
WORDS AND MUSIC: Writer Lisa Pasold reads from and discusses her debut novel, Rats of Las Vegas, set in 1940s Vancouver and Las Vegas. And saxophonist Dave Turner plays music of the era.

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm
For INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, McGill Professor Jane Everett gives a talk about Gabrielle Roy’s reflections on the lives of women.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Hugh McQueen, Concordia University emeritus professor of engineering, gives a presentation on Montreal’s Victoria Bridge for its 150th anniversary.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate ST. PATRICK’S DAY, the group CRAIC-ATAC performs traditional Irish music with joie de vivre.  Band members are Claude Bertrand on guitar and bouzouki; Janet Laskey on fiddle, small harp and low whistle; Jocelyne Patenaude on button accordion and hurdy gurdy; and singer Donna-Marie Sullivan Marosi, who also plays the bodhrán (celtic drum).

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Michael Harrison
gives a talk on the book he co-authored with James Ferrabee, entitled Staying Connected.  It’s a history of Montreal’s venerable investment service firm, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, known popularly as the “3 Macs”.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:30 pm
WORDS AND MUSIC: Author Catharine Fleming McKenty discusses her new book, Polly of Bridgewater Farm: An Unknown Irish Story, and award-winning fiddler Sarah Burnell plays Irish music.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Michael Lenczner, founder of Île sans fil, gives an illustrated talk on Technology and Social Change.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Founder and Artistic Director Linda Leith gives a preview of the upcoming 2010 Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, the theme of which is “Reading the World”:

Friday, April 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm
To mark ISRAELI BOOK MONTH, Israeli writer Amir Gutfreund discusses his work.  The Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival is collaborating in this event.  At the event, the Consulate General of Israel will present the Atwater Library with a collection of Israeli books in English and French translation.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm
WORDS AND MUSIC: Award-winning writer Eric Siblin discusses his bestselling book, The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Brian Manker performs excerpts from the Bach Cello Suites.  The book will be on sale at the event.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Métis sound artist Möe Clark, the first Leonard Cohen Poet-in-Residence at Westmount High School, performs her work and discusses her career.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Historian Neil Cameron gives a talk entitled “From Isaac Newton to Climategate”.

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery, gives a talk on the history of Mount Royal Cemetery and the famous people buried there.

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm
James Martin gives a talk on humanitarian Tony Walsh (1898-1994), a founder of Montreal’s Benedict Labre House, on the anniversary of his death. The Atwater Library has the biography by John Buell entitled Travelling Light: The Way and Life of Tony Walsh.

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Author Elizabeth Waterston gives an illustrated talk on L.M. Montgomery entitled “Some Facts about Fiction: Anne of Green Gables and Afterwards”.  The Writers’ Union of Canada is providing financial assistance through the National Public Readings Program of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Oboe Duo Agosto
s a concert of pieces inspired by poems, folktales, folk songs, myths and fables from countries all over the world. Stories that deal with life, love, and allegory, are told in an original way by such composers as Vaughan Williams, Corigliano, Dorati, Pixiguinha, and others.  Oboe Duo Agosto was created in 2009 by Ling-Fei Kang, oboe and Charles Huang, oboe and English horn.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Artistic and Director General Nicholas K. Pynes gives a presentation on Theatre Lac Brome’s summer season, opening on June 26 with two comedies by John Mortimer.  For more information, see

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