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 ONLINE Events

Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Kathleen Winter discusses her new novel Undersong, inspired by Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855), the English diarist and poet.

Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Craig Silverman, journalist and author, discusses our information environment and how we can guard against being manipulated or duped by fake news.

Past 2021 Events

Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Glory of the Silk Road: Traveller and photographer Muslim Harji gives a presentation on the Silk Road with stories of people he met, accounts of visits to exotic bazaars and archaeological sites with history stretching back to Genghis Khan and Marco Polo.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Montreal author Mary Soderstrom gives a talk with a video on her latest book, Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Richard Pound sheds light on Lord Durham (1792-1840) and the contribution he made to the development of Canada through his brief service as governor general and the report he wrote to the British government in 1839 on the affairs of British North America.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Rosalind Pepall, former curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, recounts some of the wonderful stories in her book Talking to a Portrait: Tales of an Art Curator.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 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.

Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
In the lead-up to ST. PATRICK’S DAY, Kate Bevan-Baker, award-winning musician and teacher, gives an interactive presentation about the history and importance of Irish traditional music here in Canada with examples.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Jackie Roberge, holistic health coach and meditation teacher, gives an interactive presentation on “Sleep and Your Health.” World Sleep Day is March 19 and this year’s slogan is “Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.”

Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Don Nerbas, McGill University Associate Professor and Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies, gives a talk on “Family, Society, and Highland Identity in Industrializing Cape Breton.”

Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
To kick off National Poetry Month, poet and performer Rachel McCrum gives a presentation about our vibrant poetry scene.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Penning the Pandemic – In advance of the book’s launch at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, local writers present short pieces from Chronicling the Days, the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s collection on life under the pandemic. Featuring Angela LeuckCarolyn Marie SouaidGreg SantosJoe Bongiorno, and Nisha Coleman in conversation with Crystal Chan.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Musician, composer and community organizer Janet Lumb plays the saxophone and chats about music and life. She will invite members of the audience to join her and poet K.B.Thors for a two-part online art-making workshop the following week.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
A talk to mark SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY by Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at McGill University: “My good friend William Shakespeare.”

Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Montreal writer and publisher Linda Leith discusses her new memoir, The Girl from Dream City: A Literary Life.

Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Confabulation storytellers relate true stories, drawing on their memories and inspired by millennia of oral tradition.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Bring Out Your DeadMark Gallop, president of Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery, examines the social and historical implications of the evolution of burial practices in Montreal through the centuries.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Montreal bibliophile and author Richard King discusses his journey “From Book Selling to Book Writing.”

Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
How Digital Technologies Threaten Democracy and What We Can Do About It: A lecture by Taylor Owen, McGill University Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications and Associate Professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy. Followed by Q&A and discussion.

Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Why does Montreal need more trees, and which kinds are best for your garden and community? Hear the green message from Trees for Life’s Tree Champions Mike de Pencier and Mike Hurley.

Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Alexander Reford guides a virtual tour of Jardins de Métis/ Reford Gardens and outlines plans for this summer and fall. Get the information you need to plan an in-person visit to the Gaspé Peninsula and Reford Gardens.

Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
WAVES OF CHANGE: A Story Beyond Language – Guy Rex Rodgers, project manager, arts activist and former ELAN executive director, reports on oral history of Quebec’s English-speaking communities, created on the 50th anniversary of the FLQ Crisis. WAVES OF CHANGE is a story documented in a video series about immigration, adaptation, multiple languages, and complex identities.  

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