Lunchtime Series – August to December 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Mi’kmaq poet and critic Shannon Webb-Campbell launches Atwater Reads the TRC and screens relevant films by Indigenous filmmakers produced by the National Film Board (NFB)– The Amendment by Kevin Papatie and My Name Is Kahentiiosta by Alanis Obomsawin.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Cartoonist Terry Mosher discusses his book From Trudeau to Trudeau: 50 Years of Aislin Cartoons and reminisces about his amazing career.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
For over a century telegrams were the dominant means of sending time-sensitive news. Mark Gallop examines the social and cultural history of the telegram, filled with stories of wars and shipwrecks, weddings and funerals.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Jonathan Birks shares stories about his family in Montreal from the arrival of Henry Birks in the 1830s.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Kathleen Winter discusses her new novel Lost in September, inspired by letters General James Wolfe wrote to his mother from the time he became a child soldier at 13 until his death at 32 on Quebec’s Plains of Abraham.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Harmonica virtuoso John Kerkhoven gives a musical lecture, “The New Folk Harmonica.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Mary Soderstrom explores the routes of humans’ mass migrations, the subject of her latest book, Road Through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Ian Howarth, author of Rock ‘n’ Radio: When DJs and Rock Music Ruled the Airwaves, gives a presentation about the book with stories and music. With a live performance by Craig Morrison.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Doug Bellevue, author of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile: A Neighborhood, presents excerpts from a film narrated by Andrew Carter based on the book.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Caitlin Bailey, Curator/Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for the Great War, gives a talk for Remembrance Day in conjunction with an exhibition of photographs at the Library commemorating the centennial of the Battle of Passchendaele: “In the Mind’s Eye”: Passchendaele and Public Memory.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Brian Fahey, urban planner and spokesperson for Devimco, outlines plans for Square Children’s, the major redevelopment of the former site of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Former curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Rosalind Pepall, tells of her travels in the footsteps of Montreal artist, Edwin Holgate (1892-1977), to Natashquan on Quebec’s north shore, where in 1930 he painted one of the most admired portraits of modern Canadian art, Ludivine.

WEDNESDAY, November 29, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
On the eve of St. Andrew’s Day, Don Nerbas, McGill University’s first Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies, shares his vision for deepening appreciation of the complex historical role of Scots in Canada: “The Scots in Canadian History: A Reconnaissance.”

Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
The Salvation Army Kettle Brass Ensemble plays Christmas favourites.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Members of The Orpheus Singers, conducted by Peter Schubert, perform a Bach motet and some Christmas carols.