What’s going on in Montreal
By: Stuart Nulman – mtltimes.ca
If you love books and love to read books, don’t miss the following three events coming up this week.
Starting tomorrow (October 19), Paragraphe Bookstore begins its annual literary rite of fall that is the Books & Breakfast series, which takes place at the Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, 1201 Rene Levesque Boulevard West, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing on November 2, 9 and 16. This event gives local bibliophiles the opportunity to hear a select number of local and Canadian authors discuss their new releases, while enjoying a full delicious breakfast. Tomorrow, Claire Holden Rothman talks about her GG Award-nominated novel My October, Susan Pinker will discuss her new book The Village Effect and legendary Gazette editorial cartoonist Aislin promotes his latest collection of cartoons (his 47th book) The Wrecking Ball. Every breakfast is followed by a book signing session with each of that morning’s featured authors. Tickets are $32 per session, or $115 for the entire series. For more information, call 514-845-5811.
Book lovers are happy to find out that one of Montreal’s best known used book sales – the McGill Book Fair – is returning to the venerable Redpath Hall from October 21-23. Since its establishment back in 1971, the McGill Book Fair served a dual purpose: to provide local bookworms with a wide selection of quality used and rare books at rock bottom prices, while raising money to provide scholarships for McGill students; and over the past 40+ years, the book fair has managed to raise over $1.5 million worth of scholarships and bursaries. For more information, go to mcgill.ca/bookfair.
And on October 23, the Eleanor London Cote St. Luc Public Library, as part of Public Libraries Week in Quebec, welcomes Montreal author Saleema Nawaz, who will read from her novel Bone and Bread. Ms. Nawaz’s appearance at the library is part of its Cote St. Luc Reads event, in which a single book is selected by the library for Cote St. Luc readers to discover and enjoy. The event tales place at the library, located at 5851 Cavendish Boulevard, starting at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring live classical music and refreshments, with the discussion with Ms. Nawaz beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, go to csllibrary.org.
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The St. Columba Concert Series features vocalist Barbara Lewis, accompanied by pianist Doug Balfour, who will present her musical tribute to such legendary singer/songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Sting and Michel Legrand called “Passionate Heart” on October 25, 7:30 p.m., at the St. Columba by-the-Lake Presbyterian Church, 11 Rodney Avenue in Dorval, starting at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $12 per person at the door, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Action Refugies Montreal, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of refugees that are living in Montreal. For more information, go to stcolumba.ca/2013/10/concert-series.
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To see another fine example of how the medium of film can create awareness and understanding of a vital social issue, then catch the 2nd annual Au Contraire Film Festival, which runs from October 22-25 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The four-day festival will create awareness and new perspectives to the issue of mental illness through screenings of feature and short films, documentaries and animated films, followed by panel discussions that feature academics, mental health professionals, and the writers and directors of the screened films in question. Films that will be featured during the Au Contraire festival will include the NFB documentary “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”, “Au Bord du Monde”, which contrasts the beauty of Paris with the plight of it homeless population and “Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia”.
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Soccer fans will certainly get a “kick” out of “Gol Carajo!”, an exhibition of soccer-themed works of art by Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo. The exhibition takes place at the Station 16 Gallery on St. Laurent Boulevard from October 22 to November 5. It will showcase 13 new works of art by Cavolo that deal with the sport of soccer (or football); as well, a line of limited edition clothing featuring Cavolo’s artwork (such as soccer scarves, t-shirts and sweatshirts) will be on sale at the gallery during the run of the exhibition. The exhibition officially opens with a vernissage at the gallery on October 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (where Cavolo will be present), followed by an after party at the Pub Burgundy Lion in Little Burgundy – featuring the music of DJ Psychology – from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. For more information, go to www.ricardocavolo.com.
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