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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
A special event to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of our building. Consultant, teacher and author Nancy Dunton traces the building’s history and comments on its architectural significance. Architect Nathan Bonneville gives a short presentation on the current elevator-accessibility project and answers questions.

FRIDAY, February 7, 2020 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 13, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
The Pleasures of ChocolateDr. Jordan LeBel, chocolate and food marketing expert, takes you through a short history of one of the world’s preferred comfort foods and show you step by step, from farm to chocolate bar, how cocoa beans are transformed into the treat you love. With a tasting of local artisanal chocolates!

Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Mary Soderstrom discusses her latest book, Frenemy Nations: Love and Hate between Neighbo(u)ring States.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:15 pm
A screening of the new documentary film Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power (full-length 92-minute version) with an introduction by Peter Pearson, longtime Atwood friend, retired filmmaker and Cinémagique leader.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
To celebrate ST. PATRICK’S DAYDragún Bán perform traditional Irish music as well as their own compositions.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Mark Bourrie tells some of the amazing tales recounted in his acclaimed new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Award-winning author Kathleen Winter shares her appreciation of Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855), the English diarist and poet, and talks about her current work on Dorothy Wordsworth’s writing.

1:30 to 3:00 pm
HANDS-ON Workshop led by Kathleen Winter on transcribing Dorothy Wordsworth’s late-life handwritten journals in conjunction with The Wordsworth Trust. Find out how you can contribute to literary history!
Participants may bring their own laptop or tablet or use one supplied by the Library.

FRIDAY, June 12, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:15 pm
Festival Bloomsday Montréal, celebrating the great James Joyce, opens its 2020 edition. Details to be announced.

Past Events

Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Dr. Anja Borck gives a presentation on the Emile Berliner Musée des Ondes, which is housed in the RCA Building in Saint-Henri.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Janet Torge shares Radical Resthomes’ vision and discusses housing models that meet seniors’ needs.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Veteran CJAD broadcaster Tommy Schnurmacher discusses his memoir Makeup Tips from Auschwitz: How Vanity Saved My Mother’s Life. The book tells the story of how his Jewish mother got two top Nazis to save her life and the powerful impact that had on their relationship.

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