Lunchtime Series – January to June 2015

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society, and author, gives a talk on “Aging – Myths and Facts.”

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Montreal Gazette Editor-in-Chief Lucinda Chodan outlines her vision for the newspaper and her outlook for 2015, followed by Q&A.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Filmmaker Donald Winkler screens A Red Carpet for the Sun: The Life of Irving Layton followed by Q&A. This event is part of the Library’s AWE project celebrating Quebec’s English-language writers.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Sociologist Brian Webb gives a lecture on “The Enigma of Alan Turing,” examining the life and times of the British mathematician, code breaker and father of the computer, who died tragically well before his time. Alan Turing is the subject of the highly-praised movie now playing in Montreal theatres, The Imitation Game.

Thursday,  February 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Matthew Pearce, President & CEO of Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission, gives a talk on the book about the organization’s 125-year history, Soup to Self-Sufficiency, and discusses strategies for eradicating chronic homelessness.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Sonia Day gives a talk on the difficult art of writing about sex and the various reactions of readers. She is the gardening columnist for the Toronto Star and the author of eight books, including the award-winning The Untamed Garden: A Revealing Look At Our Love Affair With Plants and the novel Deer Eyes.

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 12:30 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 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Renowned writer Roch Carrier discusses his new book, Montcalm & Wolfe: Two Men Who Forever Changed the Course of Canadian History.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm
To mark INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (three days early), poet Susan Elmslie screens the film Still Waters: The Poetry of P.K. Page, directed by Donald Winkler for the NFB, and leads a discussion about P.K. Page’s work and her life in Montreal. This event is part of the Library’s AWE project celebrating Quebec’s English-language writers.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm
In the spirit of ST. PATRICK’S DAY, playwright and performer Colleen Curran shares excerpts from her entertaining play Ireland’s Own Carmel O’Reilly Tonite! 
With funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Janice Dugas, co-author and webmaster of Scotiana, a French, Scottish and Canadian blog, shares a wealth of information about travelling in Scotland and Scottish culture and literature.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Natalie Woodburn-Heron gives a presentation on the tiny house movement and tells her own story of building and living in a tiny home in a Montreal suburb. She has a blog called My Tiny Refuge: My journey to a more sustainable life.
With funding from Autorité des marchés financiers.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Award-winning film director and animator Torill Kove presents and discusses her Oscar-nominated animated short film, Me and My Moulton, a National Film Board production.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Author and photographer Mari Hill Harpur gives an illustrated presentation about her new book Sea Winter Salmon: Chronicles of the St. John River, the story of her family’s fishing camp on the Lower North Shore and its most prized visitor, the Atlantic salmon.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm
On the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, co-creators of the Bard Brawl and its spin-off podcast and literary journal ‘Zounds! Eric Jean, Stephanie E.M. Coleman and Daniel J. Rowe guide a journey into the world of Billy S. and answer questions. Birthday cake included!

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Mutsumi Takahashi, the popular CTV Montreal Anchor, answers questions about ethical and operational media issues, with an introduction by Westmount Mayor Peter Trent. (W. David Angus, who was to have taken part in the program, had to cancel to attend the funeral of Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, the late Speaker of the Senate of Canada.)

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Author Sean Michaels reads and discusses his bestselling novel Us Conductors, winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm
A program of words and music features author Mary Soderstrom discussing her new novel River Music about a concert pianist based in Montreal, and pianist Jana Stuart playingDebussy’s “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair,” a piece that’s important to the book.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Mark Gallop tells the fascinating story of Willis Pianos, from entrepreneurial origins in 1870s Montreal, to the biggest piano manufacturer in the British Empire in its heyday (or so Willis & Co. advertising claimed). Take a trip through Montreal’s commercial, social and musical history.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Life Purpose and Cancer Healing coach, meditation and yoga teacher Jackie Roberge talks about how to move beyond the fear and stress of adversity, whether it be a job loss, a health issue or any other challenge, and shift to a place of greater peace and acceptance.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery, gives an illustrated talk on the remarkable history of this final resting place of close to 200,000 people, commenting on many who played an important role in the development of the country as well as renowned athletes, artists, victims of historical tragedies and veterans of the Great Wars. She will report on Cemetery restoration projects and give information about upcoming walking tours and arts events.

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Festival Bloomsday Montréal 2015, celebrating the great James Joyce, kicks off with a program of words and music, “Curses, Dreams and the Music of the Stars,” featuring storytellers Jan Gregory and Margaret Nicolai and Irish harpist Susan Palmer.

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