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Events

 

WORKSHOPS — for children, teens and adults (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Workshops are FREE. You must register in advance: elise.m@videotron.ca. Please note which workshop you’d like to attend. Both will take place in the Atwater Library Auditorium, upstairs.

LET’S MAKE A BOOK

SATURDAY mornings,  10:30 am to 12:30 pm

September 30, October 7, October 14, 2017

Writing and crafting are two of Bonnie’s favorite pastimes, and she will show you how to write and craft your own little book. Please come to the first class with a very, very short piece of writing. This can be a very short story, a poem, recipes, a list (Top Ten…whatever), a children’s story, a biography, an eyewitness account—200 to 500 words. You will fashion a little book out of your words. The writing might be something newly started or perhaps begun when you were young. We will share our stories and think about how to turn them into books. Should they be shaped books, pop-ups, accordion-style? Spiral, stitched, stapled, glued, or maybe pages in a box like a deck of cards? What paper or fabric do you want to use? What about drawings or photographs to accompany your text? You’ll learn about the elements of a strong beginning, middle, and ending to stories. Let’s make a book!

Bonnie Farmer is a children’s author and playwright. Her most recent book is the award-winning Oscar Lives Next Door.

 

YOU Can Make A Story Game

SATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2017 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Make a tiny game world in a day! Fill it with unique characters, props and places to tell a story your friends and fans can explore. No programming or art skills are necessary, and you don’t need to be a writer, but a sense of adventure and willingness to make doodles, messes and mistakes is essential. We will be using Bitsy Editor, a fun, free, and easy-to-learn tool that runs in many web browsers. You will “take home” (upload to the internet) a small game made of text and pixel-art, and perhaps a new addiction to making interactive stories. Please bring a laptop with the Google Chrome browser installed. If you do not have a laptop, let us know, and we can find you a loaner for the day. Though it is not directed specifically at kids, this workshop is also suitable for teens, and older children accompanied by a parent.

Jill Murray is a published YA author, and game writer for over 15 games, including “Assassin’s Creed: Liberation,” for which she won a Writer’s Guild of America Award. She has led interactive fiction workshops for arts organizations and taught game design for colleges and universities.

These workshops are part of the Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) with support from the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

 

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – 5:00 to 7:00 pm

RECEPTION on our main floor to celebrate the latest displays in our Exhibition – “Books Written by Children” by children’s author and playwright Bonnie Farmer, and “Game Writing in Montreal” by video game writer Jill Murray. We will also celebrate the rehanging of the mobile of Terence Byrnes’ photographic portraits of Quebec English-language writers in the atrium.

 

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – 5:00 to 7:00 pm

We had a wonderful time, hearing the contest-winning stories, and watching selected videos from the Canada in 150 Seconds: 150-second Videos by 150 Montrealers for Canada’s 150th project, made by students from Trafalgar School for Girls, James Lyng High School, Saint Columbia House, and Skateboards for Hope, as well as seniors participating through the Atwater Library.  We enjoyed the display of paintings by Grade 11 students of Trafalgar School for Girls.  Almost 100 people made it up the two flights of stairs to the auditorium to enjoy the event.

 

SATURDAY, February 27, 2016 – 5:00 to 1:00 am

On Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am, for Nuit blanche, we welcomed over 200 people to the Library for exciting new-media showcase events, the products of two of our community-based projects – one led by seniors and the other by youth. Eric Craven, our Digital Literacy Project Coordinator, was thrilled with the results and commented, “The night was a great success – wonderful collaborative project that was much more than the sum of its parts!”

Moving Pictures: Moving Histories Out of the Attic and Into the Public

Attendees immersed themselves in a sound and video installation that began with images projected through the front windows of our heritage building. Inside, our reading room was transformed by a multi-media exhibition created by seniors who digitized and re-edited home movies from the 40s to the 70s, and made their own music and sound using digital tools. An extension of our Digital Literacy Project with support from New Horizons for Seniors and Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT).

Seeing Red:
Young People’s Stories for the Eyes, From the Heart

Children and adults were dazzled by the work of 21 young Montrealers, aged 7 to 12, who created stories and transformed them into digital art that comes from their hearts. Part of the Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) with support from the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

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MONDAY, January 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Making Scenes of Our Own: Plays of English Quebec
There’s no shortage of productions of British, French, American or even Ontarian plays. But English-Quebec plays, contemporary and past, may be harder to find. And while plays written in English in Quebec are being given more space in theatre seasons these days, how did we get here? Is there a canon of English-Quebec plays? Is one even possible?

Join four artistic directors and one playwright representing five English-language Montreal theatre companies for an interactive discussion of the past and present of English-language plays in Quebec. Emceed by actor and artistic director Quincy Armorer, the panelists will each speak about a play their company has produced and talk about its place in our theatrical history. The audience will be invited to participate in the larger discussion to follow. As well, Jesse Stong, leader of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators’ Unit (YCU), will lead a short writing activity with members of the YCU and interested members of the audience.

The panel:

Quincy Armorer, Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop

Vittorio Rossi, playwright, representing Centaur Theatre

Annabel Soutar, Artistic Director of Porte Parole

Guy Sprung, Artistic Director of Infinitheatre

Rahul Varma, Artistic Director of Teesri Duniya Theatre

A co-production of our Atwater Writers Exhibition and Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.

Where: Atwater Library Auditorium  —  Admission is free

TUESDAY, December 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Screening of the film Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr. Leonard Cohen with discussion led by poet, non-fiction writer, journalist, and lifelong Leonard Cohen fan Mark Abley. Audience members are encouraged to bring a copy of their favourite Leonard Cohen poem for a fun and accessible poetry activity that will follow the film.

FRIDAY, November 27, 2015, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

HOLIDAY POP-UP BOOK FAIR!

Celebrating English-Quebec Writing and Publishing

Sponsored by the Montreal Gazette

Featuring author appearances and door prizes – more than 25 participating publishers – more than 50 local authors!

Celebrate the Launch of the Fair – Raise a glass, meet some authors and buy some books! The publishers and authors gather to sign and sell books. Join us for wine, cheese and vegan snacks. Sponsored by Penguin Random House.

SATURDAY, November 28, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

HOLIDAY POP-UP BOOK FAIR! continues –

Browse All Day – Many more authors, hundreds of books.

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, books for kids, award-winners, bestsellers and more.

Give the gift of a book from here.

Presented by the Association of English-Language Publishers of Quebec and the Atwater Writers Exhibition of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

THURSDAY, November 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Screening of the film Leonard Cohen – Portrait Intime with discussion led by Concordia University English Professor Judith Herz about Cohen’s poetry and songs as part of the Library’s Lunchtime Series. Film is in English.

On May 28, 2015 we hosted a gala reception to launch the Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE). Well-known cartoonist Terry Mosher (Aislin) hosted the event that attracted a throng of writers and Library supporters.

Click here to see Global TV coverage, including an interview with Terry Mosher and AWE project coordinator Elise Moser.

The exhibition continues through 2015 and is open to the public. Click here for more information.

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

“Rapid-Fire Readings, Ricochet Writing: Montreal Authors Write Before Your Very Eyes!”
Twenty-four contemporary Montreal authors from across the impressive range of our literary scene offered rapid-fire readings from their work. They also created a brand-new literary jewel by adding a line each to a collective text. At the end of this fast-moving happening the final product was read aloud with panache and brilliant comic timing by playwright Colleen Curran. The Quebec Writers’ Federation and the Atwater Library co-hosted this exciting event.

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm
To mark INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (three days early), poet Susan Elmslie screened the film Still Waters: The Poetry of P.K. Page, directed by Donald Winkler for the NFB, and led a discussion about P.K. Page’s work and her life in Montreal.

For more information about this exciting project, join our email list or contact Elise Moser at info@atwaterlibrary.ca

THURSDAY, January 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Filmmaker Donald Winkler screened A Red Carpet for the Sun: The Life of Irving Layton followed by Q&A.

THURSDAY, November 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Writers Bryan Demchinsky and Elaine Kalman Naves engaged in a conversation about Quebec’s great English-language writers of the past.

WEDNESDAY, October 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Guy Rodgers, Executive Director of the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN),  moderated a well-attended public consultation and discussion about the AWE project.

TUESDAY, December 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Screening of the film Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr. Leonard Cohen with discussion led by poet, non-fiction writer, journalist, and lifelong Leonard Cohen fan Mark Abley. Audience members are encouraged to bring a copy of their favourite Leonard Cohen poem for a fun and accessible poetry activity that will follow the film.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, November 27-28, 2015

AWEsome Holiday Book Fair

The Atwater Library’s 2015 Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair, featuring Quebec-published and Quebec-written books in English, was a smash success. Held in our auditorium on the last weekend of November, it attracted throngs of book lovers who made purchases, got autographs and chatted with the 50 or so authors participating. There was much talk of making the Holiday Book Fair an annual event. Co-coordinator Elise Moser expressed thanks to all who contributed to the success, including partner Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ), the 25 participating publishers including 10 from English Quebec, event host Terry Mosher (Aislin), overall event sponsor Montreal Gazette, and launch reception sponsor Penguin Random House.

The Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage has provided funding for us to conduct the Book Fair along with a series of other activities to celebrate Quebec’s amazing English-language writers, past and present.

The Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) launched on our main floor in May 2015 continues to attract visitors, including school groups. The exhibition continues through 2016 and is open to the public during our regular hours.

The focus in early 2016 will be on playwrighting, literary translation, spoken word and young-adult (YA) writers.

THURSDAY, November 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Screening of the film Leonard Cohen – Portrait Intime with discussion led by Concordia University English Professor Judith Herz about Cohen’s poetry and songs. Atwater Library Auditorium. Film is in English. Free event — coffee will be served.

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Gala Reception

On May 28, 2015 we hosted a gala reception to launch the Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE). Well-known cartoonist Terry Mosher (Aislin) hosted the event that attracted a throng of writers and Library supporters.

Click here to see Global TV coverage, including an interview with Terry Mosher and AWE project coordinator Elise Moser.

The exhibition continues through 2015 and is open to the public. Click here for more information.

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 for 7:30 pm
“Rapid-Fire Readings, Ricochet Writing: Montreal Authors Write Before Your Very Eyes!”

Twenty-five contemporary Montreal authors from across the impressive range of our literary scene offer rapid-fire readings from their work. They’ll also create a brand-new literary jewel by adding a line each to a collective text. Hear what Montreal authors are writing – see what Montreal authors can create on the spot – meet some of your favorite poets, novelists, memoirists, and more. The Quebec Writers’ Federation and the Atwater Library are co-hosting this exciting event.

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.

THURSDAY, January 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Filmmaker Donald Winkler screened A Red Carpet for the Sun: The Life of Irving Layton followed by Q&A.

THURSDAY, November 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Writers Bryan Demchinsky and Elaine Kalman Naves engaged in a conversation about Quebec’s great English-language writers of the past.

WEDNESDAY, October 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Guy Rodgers, Executive Director of the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN),  moderated a well-attended public consultation and discussion about the AWE project.