Jun 292015
 
 June 29, 2015  Film

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Wedneday, July 8, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

The Theory of Everything - DVD T3963The Theory of Everything is an unusually compelling true-life story about an extraordinary couple triumphing over adversity. Once a healthy, active young man, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With his wife Jane (Felicity Jones) fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of — time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. Redmayne has received widespread, justified praise (including an Oscar) for his performance as the future cosmologist; it’s palpable, it’s poignant. Jones, too, is wonderful. And director James Marsh brings a keen sense of artistry to the proceedings.

The Theory of Everything is striking, at times even piercing, for the way it infiltrates some universal realities of marriage.” (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)

“A brainy bio-pic that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings.” (Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

United Kingdom — 2014 — 123 mins. — In English only

Click here to see the latest PDF of the Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies pamphlet

Jun 252015
 
 June 25, 2015  Special Events

Board Games gathering posterBoard Game Gathering
Tuesday, July 7 at 6:30 pm
Free. Open to players 18 years and over.

Registration is now open!

Fans of Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, and Istanbul are invited to play these and other popular board games at our casual games night. Refreshments will be served.

Jun 182015
 
 June 18, 2015  Art, Lectures, Music

Passion for Music Latin Jazz poster 10x15 2015-06Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 pm  *NEW TIME

Music Librarian Farah Mohammed and special guest  Ed Hersey will trace Afro-Cuban influences in the latin jazz music of Puerto Rico, New York City and Miami.

With live latin dance performance.

Free ~ In the Auditorium

Jun 182015
 
 June 18, 2015  Book Clubs

Thursday, July 9 at 2 pm, join librarian Alisa to discuss Marina Lewycka‘s A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction.

The novel describes the reactions of two daughters when their widowed, 84-year-old father Nikolai marries a highly sexual and much younger Ukrainian immigrant, Valentina. Concerned about Valentina’s motives, Nadezhda and Vera are drawn back into contact with each other after a long period of estrangement. They find themselves united against a common enemy in Valentina, whose grasping, manipulative behavior escalates until the daughters finally succeed in obtaining a divorce for their father.

Nikolai, a former engineer who immigrated to Britain in the aftermath of the Second World War, is writing a history of tractors in Ukrainian, translated extracts from which appear throughout the text. In the process of sorting out Nikolai’s marital entanglements, Nadezhda also uncovers secrets from her family’s history and learns about their experiences during the Ukrainian famine and Stalin’s purges. (Source)

The Afternoon Book Circle is for registered members of the Library – drop by or call the reference desk to sign up. We will also be meeting on August 6.

 

Jun 172015
 
 June 17, 2015  Book Clubs, Special Events

Good Reads in the Garden posterGood Reads in the Garden
Thursday, July 2 at 2 pm
Free!

In the Ashkelon Gardens—behind the Library

Join us outdoors in the beautiful demonstration garden where our librarians will present their favourite books to discover this summer.

Come hear which books Alisa, Anne, Danielle, Janine, and Melissa have chosen as the best summer reads!

Light refreshments will be served.

Jun 172015
 
 June 17, 2015  Book Clubs

Fin & LadyIf you missed June’s talk, remember that the next one is only in August.  There will be no talk in July.  You are invited to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa, talk about Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine.  It will be held on Wednesday, August 12th at 1:45pm.  Author of the popular The Three Weissmanns of Westport, this is the her most recent novel.

The book is about a bittersweet story of the bond between siblings.  Lady becomes Fin’s guardian when he loses his mother at eleven years old.  Their father (who was never really paternal to either of them) has long passed away, so now all they have is one another.  Lady takes the responsibility, at twenty-four, to look after Fin and make sure his finances are all in order for when he becomes of age.  But being so young herself and living in the era of psychedelic enlightenment, she feels unfit to be a proper guardian.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts with others and to ask any questions you may have about the book—except for the ending!

If you have any questions about June’s title, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden , Melissa will be happy to answer them.

The library has 2 copies of the current book to be discussed.  Take one out today!

Coffee, tea and goodies will be provided after the talk, for some friendly socializing. Feel free to bring a friend.

Cost at the door for CSL Women’s Club Members: $3

Cost for Non-members: $4

Jun 162015
 
 June 16, 2015  Film

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Deux jours une nuit - DVD D4878An assembly-line worker (Marion Cotillard), recently returned to work after an emotional breakdown, discovers that her co-workers, coerced by management, have voted to terminate her employment rather than forfeit their annual bonus; over a long and desperate weekend, she visits them at their homes and begs them to change their votes. The premise for this compassionate gem of a movie couldn’t be simpler or more compelling, yet writer-directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid With a Bike; Rosetta) tease out any number of moral complexities as the heroine learns of her coworkers’ various circumstances.

“Cotillard gets so persuasively inside her heroine’s skin that it’s not at all surprising that this performance has earned her another Oscar nomination. And she does so without resorting to shameless, award-baiting grandstanding.” (Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Two Days, One Night is a small miracle of a movie, a drama so purely humane that it makes most attempts at audience uplift look crass and calculated by comparison.” (A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club)

In French with English subtitles

Belgium — 2014 — 95 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her

Click here to download a PDF of the latest Bright Lights Film Club pamphlet

Jun 152015
 
 June 15, 2015  Book Clubs

Join librarian Alisa on Monday, July 13 at the French Book Club to discuss Myriam Beaudoin’s Hadassa.

In this novel, Alice discovers Outremont’s Hassidic community when she becomes a French teacher at a school for Orthodox girls.

The Club will meet on July 13 at 3pm for an in-depth conversation in French about this novel. The book up for discussion in July will be announced at the May meeting. The club will be meeting on the following Monday August 10.

To sign up, call the Reference Dept at 514-485-6900 or send us an e-mail at reference@cotesaintluc.org

 

Jun 152015
 
 June 15, 2015  Book Clubs

 

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Thursday, June 18 at 10:30 am

The Time in Between is one of those “richly textured novels that enthrall to the last page”, it is written by the talented Spanish author María Dueñas who reminds us how “it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller” — from the publisher.

The author introduces readers to engaging characters whose lives unfold at a time of turmoil — that spans the Spanish Civil War to World War II. Love, betrayal, deceit, fear, honour, intrigue, and courage spill through the pages of this captivating story that will transport you to Madrid, Tetouan, Morocco and Lisbon.

If you love books dealing with intrigue, love, and espionage, you will enjoy this book especially because of its well-drawn main character. She is Sira, a young seamstress whose life takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself abandoned and penniless away from her home. ”She is forced to discover her own strength. At a time when everyone must do what they can to survive, some will go beyond.”—Kate Morton

 Are you a member of the library? Would you like to attend the upcoming book discussion of The Time in Between? If so, please call Librarian María Luisa at 514-485-6900, ext. 4110 to register.

 

Jun 112015
 
 June 11, 2015  Art, Lectures

MMFA Rodin talk posterMMFA Exhibit Talk: Rodin – Metamorphoses
Tuesday, June 30 at 7 pm
Free.

Grace Powell, an experienced guide at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, returns to give a sneak peek of the museum’s current art exhibit. She’ll take us inside Rodin’s studio to explore some of the sculptor’s best-known masterpieces.