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.

The Series recesses for most of the summer and resumes on the first Thursday of September.

Upcoming Events 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Blood Orchid: How Women Feel, a musical revue. Singer-songwriter Barbara Lewis interprets powerful songs made famous by women such as Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt and Bette Midler, and performs some of her own. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
presentation on the touring art exhibition WAR Flowers, that is on at Château Ramezay from late October until March 31, 2019. Find out the backstory from WAR Flowers co-writers Viveka Melki, exhibition curator, and Alexander Reford, Director of Reford Gardens.

**There is no Lunchtime Series event on November 8, 2018 because of the Library’s annual benefit event on November 7.**

Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Poet Larissa Andrusyshyn speaks on “Poetic Science: Taking Liberties in Poetry and Science by Exploring How They Intertwine.” She cites curiosity and an urgency for truth as common ground between poetry and science.
NOTE: From 2:00 to 4:00 pmLarissa Andrusyshyn leads a guided writing activity. Through writing exercises, participants will delve into the connections between the worlds of poetry and science and the language that inspires. Free and open to all. Advance registration NOT required.

Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Michael Carin discusses his new book Churchill At Munich and muses about parallels between 1930s Europe and today’s world with Putin and Trump.

WEDNESDAY, November 28, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Elizabeth Kirkland, Ph.D., historical researcher and Dawson College teacher, discusses Lady Julia Drummond (1860 – 1942) and her contributions to social reform in Canada and the Great War effort in Montreal and London, where she established the Maple Leaf Clubs and served as head of the Canadian Red Cross Information Bureau.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author and collector Peter Blair presents “Scotland in 3D.” Most people are astonished to discover that 3D was the most popular format of photograph in 1860! Peter Blair will introduce you to stereoscopy and, using 3D images from his new book, will take you on a virtual reality tour of Scotland via the main Victorian tourist hot spots. We will follow in the royal footsteps of Queen Victoria, and meet local heroes from Robert the Bruce to Andrew Carnegie and even Andy Murray. Prepare to be astounded by Victorian ingenuity and the beauty of Scotland. 3D glasses will be provided.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
A vocal trio with soprano Léa Weilbrenner sing Christmas carols and seasonal favourites.

Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Poet Bill Evans, a Celt by birth, reads Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

Past Events 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Journalist and author Kristian Gravenor shares 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 gives 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&A.

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.

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 music.

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
Writer and publisher Linda Leith has a conversation with Phillip Ernest, author of The Vetala, a Sanskrit vampire novel.

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 10, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Judy Rebick, one of Canada’s best-known feminists, discusses her new memoir, Heroes in My Head.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Ellie Clavier-Rothstein reflects 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 for Victoria Day: “The Wedding, the Commonwealth, and the Monarchy.”

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm (not May 31 as earlier scheduled)
Romeo and Juliet program features Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at McGill University and principal investigator of Early Modern Conversions, and Amanda Kellock, Artistic Director of Repercussion Theatre. During the summer of 2018 Repercussion’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park production is Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love.

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, in conversation with Atwater Library President John Aylen.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
FESTIVAL BLOOMSDAY MONTRÉAL presents a talk by historian Sam Allison on “The Irish in Canada: Before, During and After the Famine” with a focus on Montreal. Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network is a co-sponsor. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Gabriel Safdie, writer, photographer and businessman, recounts some of his experiences in China: “The Rise of the One-Eyed Dragon.”

Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
The Americans are coming! Mark Gallop introduces us to some of the heroes and villains of the Continental Army’s occupation of Montreal in the early days of the American Revolution – 1775-76.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Brian Webb discusses the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, biologist and writer.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Michael Haynes gives an illustrated presentation on his new book, The Best of the Great Trail, Vol. 1: Newfoundland to Southern Ontario on the Trans Canada Trail.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Mélanie Grondin gives an illustrated presentation on her book The Art and Passion of Guido Nincheri.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
The Right Honourable Paul Martin discusses Indigenous education and the Martin Family Initiative in conversation with Mutsumi Takahashi, CTV Montreal chief news anchor.
NOTE: Following a 30-minute break, starting at 2:00 pm, acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin screens her latest film, Our People Will Be Healed, with Q&A. People are free to attend one or both events.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Janice Hamilton and Lucy Anglin recount the inspiring story of their nine-member group of family history enthusiasts and how they collaborated on the book Beads in a Necklace: Family Stories from Genealogy Ensemble.

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