Oct 302014

ScienceDemystified_sponsored-by-Pharmaprix_500pxJoin us next Monday, November 3, 2014, at 2 pm for a special installment of Science Demystified with Dr. Joe Schwarcz. The topic will be: You Are What You Eat –An update on nutritional issues.


This lecture is sponsored by Pharmaprix Cavendish.They will be providing a selection of healthy beverages before the lecture. Please be sure to arrive early so that you can take full advantage of our generous sponsor’s contribution.

Oct 292014
 October 29, 2014  Book Clubs

The Invisible BridgeWednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7 pm (This session is full. You must be registered and a library member to attend.)

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

The novel takes place during the Second World War and the characters involved must cope with the horrors of it.  It goes into depth surrounding the lives of three Jewish Hungarian brothers and how one of them studies in Paris to become an architect.  A continuous theme  in the book has to do with correspondence.  There is also a love story which plays a big role.  Orringer is successful in making the reader feel as if they are situated in the middle of the destruction and helplessness but also of that struggle for survival and hope for a better day.  It is a novel that paints a real picture of what it was like during WWII.

Issues of the Holocaust, forbidden love and the power of art in dangerous times will be focused on in the discussion.  Everyone is encouraged to have their say!  Melissa chose this title in honor of Jewish Book Month and she is prepping for a memorable meeting.

Oct 292014
 October 29, 2014  Film


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

belleBeautifully cast, touchingly played and elegantly mounted, Belle is as close to perfect as any British costume drama set in the 18th-century has a right to be. Told in the style of a sweeping romantic saga by Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters, Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who makes a case for why she ought to be a star), the “illegitimate,” mixed-race daughter of an African woman and a white captain in the Royal Navy. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. 

Like the popular costume drama Downton Abbey (but with corsets, culottes, and tricorn hats), Belle subtly skewers the absurd rules and hypocrisies of class and race, and in so doing becomes a ringing proclamation of human dignity.

In English only. 

United Kingdom — 2013 — 104 mins.

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

Oct 282014
 October 28, 2014  Film


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

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Iranian director Asghar Farhadi follows his masterful Oscar-winner A Separation (2011) with another elaborate moral puzzle, though this one, his first film to be shot in France, is notably devoid of the topical Islamic fundamentalism that figured so heavily in the earlier drama. Patient, empathetic Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) travels from Tehran to Paris to finalize his divorce from short-tempered Marie (Berenice Bejo, of The Artist); after lodging in her home, he gets pulled into an anguished drama involving her and her new fiance, Samir (Tahar Rahim), as well as the man’s resentful young son and Marie’s angry teenage daughter. This fragile new family is haunted by a tragedy that occurred some years earlier, and in scenes of arresting immediacy, they blame one another and grapple with their own guilt.

The Past makes conventional movies feel artificial. Watching the characters interact in this movie feels like ‘Here is real life,’ and real life just happens to be strangely compelling. (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)

“Do we ever get the whole truth? Only this: The past is never the past. In Farhadi’s wounding worldview, the past is the present and, most certainly, the future, too.” (Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle)

In French and Persian with English subtitles

France — 2013 — 130 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

Oct 272014
 October 27, 2014  Book Clubs, Lectures

Local-author-salon-poster_500pxLocal Author Salon
Wednesday, November 12 at 7 pm

Meet local authors Sima Goel (Fleeing the Hijab),
Myra Giberovitch (Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors) and Elaine Kalman Naves (Portrait of a Scandal: The Abortion Trial of Robert
Notman). They will be sharing from their respective works.


Oct 272014
 October 27, 2014  Book Clubs

Ofinkler qn Thursday, November 6 at 2pm, join librarian Alisa to discuss Howard Jacobson‘s The Finkler Question, winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they’ve never quite lost touch with each other – or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik, a Czech always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results.
Now, both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor’s grand, central London apartment.

And it’s that very evening, at exactly 11:30 pm, as Treslove, walking home, hesitates a moment outside the window of the oldest violin dealer in the country, that he is attacked. And after this, his whole sense of who and what he is will slowly and ineluctably change.  (Publisher’s description)

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 December 4 at 2pm.

Oct 212014
 October 21, 2014  Film

The Jewish Cardinal

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

downloaddsdfNo, its title is not an oxymoron. Rather, The Jewish Cardinal refers to Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who converted to Catholicism at a young age and, after joining the priesthood, quickly rose up the ranks to become Archbishop of Paris and a chief advisor to Pope Jean Paul II. Ilan Duran Cohen’s revelatory biopic recounts this fascinating tale in thoughtful and compelling fashion, aided by the superb lead performance by Laurent Lucas. The story’s chief dramatic element revolves around a dispute concerning the controversial installation of a convent by Carmelite nuns on the Auschwitz grounds, prompting Lustiger, whose mother was murdered there, to question his religious allegiances. Although it will appeal to religious audiences—it has already played in nearly a dozen Jewish film festivals—The Jewish Cardinal features uncommon depth and a rare nuance that should interest the non-faithful as well. (Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter)

In French with English subtitles

France — 2013 — 90 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

Oct 172014
 October 17, 2014  Lectures, Music

Passion for Music Chopin and his Piano poster 10x15 2014-09Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm 

Join Music Librarian Farah Mohammed, as she discusses the rich piano repertoire from one of the Romantic Era’s most celebrated composers, Frédéric Chopin, and find out why he is called the Poet of the Piano.

In the Auditorium


Oct 142014
 October 14, 2014  Concerts, Music, Performance

Derek-Yaple-Schobert_Concert_500pxThe second concert of our fall series is coming up soon, on Thursday October 30 at 7 pm. Derek Yaple-Schobert will be at the Harold Greenspon auditorium playing Piano Favourites and Beyond!

This gifted young pianist will be playing classical pieces by composers including Debussy, Beethoven, Grieg, and Lizst.

Derek had performed all over Canada and the world. Join us on October 30 to enjoy his performance here in Côte Saint-Luc!

Tickets for the concert are $5 and are on sale now at the front desk of the library.

Oct 142014
 October 14, 2014  Film

Le Démantèlement [The Auction]

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 2 pm – Free


In Quebec filmmaker Sébastien Pilote’s latest film Le Démantèlement [The Auction], rugged sheep farmer Gaby (Gabriel Arcand) stoically tends to the quotidian needs of his isolated family farm, watching as his neighbours sell off theirs. One day, his eldest daughter, Marie (Lucie Laurier), arrives from Montreal and announces she is getting a divorce. Oblivious to her father’s own financial constraints, she asks him for a large loan so she can keep her home. Gaby agrees to help his daughter, then, without telling her, sets out to sell his farm, dismantling the only life he has ever known.

Seeing the beautiful pastoral landscape, dappled in golden sunshine and warmly captured on film, makes the undoing of the farm all the more sorrowful. Arcand delivers a subtle, moving performance as Gaby, a flurry of emotions passing across his eyes. Like its protagonist, who is caught between his past and his uncertain future, Le Démantèlement [The Auction] looks both backwards and forwards. Loosely inspired by King Lear and Le Père Goriot, Pilote seems to tenderly channel the spirit of Quebec’s ethnographic filmmaking of the sixties and seventies (Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault, Claude Jutra), while examining the changing state of rural Quebec in the wake of its vanishing agrarian legacy. (Toronto International Film Festival)

In French with English subtitles

Canada — 2013 — 111 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