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

CANCELLED: Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Sherry Simon discusses her latest book Translation Sites: A Field Guide.

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

CANCELLED: Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Richard W. Pound, lawyer and author, discusses Lord Durham (1792 – 1840) and his singular impact not only on Canadian history but also on the entire concept of enlightened colonial governance.

CANCELLED: Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, a talk by Kevin Pask, Concordia University professor and Shakespeare specialist.

CANCELLED: 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.

CANCELLED: 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.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Bring Out Your DeadMark Gallop, the president of the Friends of Mount Royal Cemetery, examines the social and historical implications of the evolution of burial practices in Montreal through the centuries.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Piano-Cello Duo: Pianist Wei-Tang Huang and cellist Braden McConnell perform a program of classical music TBA.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Gwendolyn Owens, Director of McGill University’s Visual Arts Collection, tells a fascinating story, “A celebration and a ruckus: The 1931 inauguration of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s fountain on the McGill University campus.”

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.

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.

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, February 27, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Artist, teacher and blogger Shari Blaukopf traces her life story, shows slides of her watercolours and displays some of her sketchbooks.

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 12:15 to 1:30 pm
A program of Music & Words to celebrate ST. PATRICK’S DAYDragún Bán perform traditional Irish music as well as their own compositions. And Kate Bligh, dramaturge and part-time faculty member of Concordia’s School of Irish Studies, talks about some of her favourite Irish dramatists.
*Please note that the band starts playing 15 minutes before our usual start time.

CANCELLED: Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Taylor Owen of McGill University gives a talk on how digital technologies threaten democracy and what we can do about it. He is Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications and Associate Professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill. Will be rescheduled.

CANCELLED: Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
A Brief History of 1970s Pop Rock: Musician, author, ethnomusicologist and Concordia professor Craig Morrison tells stories about the era’s top singer-songwriters – soft rock, hard rock, funk, disco, punk, and new wave – and demonstrates how rock mixed with pop, blues, country, jazz, and classical music.

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