Lunchtime Series – September to December 2013

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Mario Robert, Head of the Archives Section, gives an illustrated presentation on the Archives de Montréal, now celebrating its 100th anniversary. He will recount fascinating stories of Montreal’s colourful past.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Writer Will Aitken speaks on the theme “Another County: Fiction Writing and the Other Place.” He will talk about the importance of Japan in his work, and read from his latest novel, My Life Burning in the Moonlight. This event is jointly hosted by the Atwater Library and the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Writers Out Loud series, with funding for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Brenda Shanahan, financial educator, The Gazette’s “Let’s Talk Money” columnist, and financial commentator on CityTV’s Breakfast Television and CJAD’s The Tommy Schnurmacher Show, gives a talk on “Bridging the Income Gap….Tips on Easing Into Full Retirement”. She will discuss different phases in post-employment life and how to match lifestyle goals with potential income sources and related tax implications.

Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm
The Globe and Mail obituary writer and author Sandra Martin discusses her highly-praised book Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that Changed Canada and recounts touching stories about little-known heroes as well as celebrities. With funding for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Antiquarian bookseller and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast Wilfrid de Freitas gives a talk on Holmes and discusses his enduring appeal. de Freitas is a co-founder of The Bimetallic Question, Montreal’s Sherlock Holmes society.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Acclaimed author Ross King discusses his bestselling books on art and history, including his latest award-winner, Leonardo and The Last Supper. With funding for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts

WEDNESDAY, October 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm
A program on “Mothers of the 1950s” features award-winning author and editor Lorri Neilsen Glenn discussing and reading from Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s and Threading Light.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill’s Office for Science and Society and author, gives a talk about Houdini on the 87th anniversary of his death.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Cheryl Kinney, medical doctor and Jane Austen scholar, gives a talk on “A Dangerous Indulgence: Women’s Health in Jane Austen’s Time.”

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Playwright Colleen Curran presents selections from her comedic works inspired by President John F. Kennedy, JFK, JACKIE & ME, including her very short play called The Pillbox Hat with actors Sylvia Cymbalista and Carole LaViolette.

FRIDAY, November 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Joaquín (Quim) Madrenas gives a talk on “Infectious Music: How Microbes Have Shaped Our Music,” using music, art and history as tools to give information about infectious diseases and to explore the impact of these diseases on music, art and history. Dr. Madrenas is Full Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Immunology.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Gifted singer Barbara Lewis performs holiday songs, accompanied by Chad Linsley on piano. The program focuses on Christmas music and also features festive songs of other traditions.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Veteran actor Vlasta Vrana gives a dramatic reading for Christmastime in keeping with a cherished Atwater Library tradition. His selections include “Nobody’s Story” by Charles Dickens and “A Kidnapped Santa Claus” by L. Frank Baum.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Richard W. Pound gives a talk on his new book Quotations for the Fast Lane. In addition to being an author, Richard W. Pound is a lawyer, athlete, former VP of the International Olympic Committee, founding head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, former Chancellor of McGill University, and an active community volunteer. He is chairing the Atwater Library’s “Building Communities” Capital Campaign.

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