Lunchtime Series – January to June 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Glory of the Silk Road Through the Lens of Muslim Harji: A world traveller shows his fabulous photographs of archaeological sites, exotic bazaars, and mosques with colorful tiled domes and slender minarets.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Journalist, author and human rights activist Sally Armstrong gives a timely talk on “Women and the Trump factor – who’s likely to win?”

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Drawn & Quarterly’s Tom Devlin explains “Every Single Thing about Comics You Will Ever Need to Know.”

Friday, February 3, 2017 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 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm
McGill professor and author Marc Raboy discusses his acclaimed book Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World, now nominated for major awards.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Writer and photographer Gabriel Safdie presents “The China Challenge: 33 years of work and travel in the Middle Kingdom.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Writers Paule Des Rivières and Raynald Petit with photographer Gabor Szilasi present the inspiring stories of some remarkable Quebecers who are over 80, drawing from their book Chemin faisant.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Author Elise Moser tells the inspiring story of Milly Zantow, who wanted to solve the problem of her town’s full landfill and ended up creating a global recycling standard — the system of numbers inside the little triangle on plastics. The talk is based on her book What Milly Did.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Writer Sarah Lolley, 2017 CBC/QWF writer-in-residence, explains how she’s followed her passion to write… and to conquer cryptic crosswords!

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate ST. PATRICK’S DAY, the five-piece band Dragún Bán performs a program of traditional Celtic and Celtic-inspired music. The musicians are Normand Bélanger (flute, mandolin, vocals), Claude Bertrand (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Jennie Ferris (violin), Danielle LeBlond (mandolin), and Donna-Marie Sullivan (bodhrán, vocals).

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm
The Milton String Quartet performs a program of Haydn, Ravel and Schulhoff. Formed in 2015 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the Milton String Quartet is working under the tutelage of Professor André J. Roy. The musicians are Roman Fraser, violin; Maïthéna Girault, violin; Evan Robinson, viola; and Joshua Morris, cello. Devoted to chamber music dissemination, they are involved in the Montreal community and engage in outreach opportunities and community events.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm
James Hughes discusses how Canada’s social programs can work better, save lives, and often save money. He will refer to his book Early Intervention.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Filmmaker Peter Svatek discusses and screens excerpts from his latest film Theater of Life about a remarkable soup kitchen in Milan.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm
David M. Lank, stamp collector extraordinaire, gives an illustrated talk on “Every Stamp a Story,” about the David Lank Collection of more than 50,000 stamps housed in the McGill University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, the largest natural history stamp collection of any university. His talk will be accompanied by a mini-display of stamps from the Collection with encouragement to see the current exhibition at McGill’s McLennan Library, Every Stamp a Story.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Author François Rémillard and photographer Brian Merrett give a presentation on their new book Belles demeures historiques de l’île de Montréal. (The book is in French but the talk will be in English.)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Four prize-winning young writers provide an hour of literary enjoyment. Torontonian Laura Leggeand Montrealers Anna LeventhalRebecca Morris and Lesley Trites will delight you with their sharp intelligence, wit, and mastery of the writer’s craft. Facebook event.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Caitlin Bailey, Curator and Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for the Great War, gives a presentation on the multi-media exhibition Dear Bessie: A Wartime Love Story. Displays from the exhibition will be at the Atwater Library during the month of May.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Malcolm McRae gives a talk on the early history of bicycling in Montreal. He will discuss the Montreal Bicycle Club, founded in 1878 and recently revived by cycling enthusiasts.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Jackie Roberge, certified Life Purpose coach, yoga and meditation teacher, gives a presentation on “Your Purpose is Calling – Are You Listening?”

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Representatives of the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary give a presentation on the exciting and varied activities taking place this year.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm
American novelist Cam Terwilliger reads from his novel-in-progress, Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart, set in the colonies of New York and Quebec during the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763).

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm
FESTIVAL BLOOMSDAY MONTRÉAL, celebrating the great James Joyce, presents Growing Up Irish. Master storytellers Jan Gregory and Margaret Nicolai, with actor Clive Brewer, join pianist Natalia Davydova and soprano Kathleen McAuliffe for stories and music. Listen and sing along — you’ll hear some of the best-loved tunes that appear in the works of James Joyce.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Edward McCann, retired history museum curator, gives an illustrated talk on the Scottish photographer to Queen Victoria, George Washington Wilson, in conjunction with an exhibition of important Wilsonian photographs and historic apparatus in the Library’s reading room. Wilson’s influence is evident in the romantic 19th century landscapes  of Montreal’s Alexander Hendersonand the business acumen of William Notman.