Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015  Film


Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Deli Man - DVD 909Jewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt within a North American context, delicatessen food remains a beloved communal delicacy. In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli-man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story—augmented by the stories of other iconic delis—embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods.

Deli Man is the documentary equivalent of comfort food: warm, generous and made with love.” (Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post)

In English only.

United States – 2014 – 91 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

Nov 252015
 November 25, 2015  Lectures, Music

Thursday, December 3 at 3:00 pm

unnamedDiscover the best pieces of music inspired by the year’s coldest season, and experience some of the heart-warming effects this music brings.   With Music librarian, Farah Mohammed.

In the Auditorium ~ Free

Nov 252015
 November 25, 2015  Film


Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Far From the Madding Crowd - DVD F21987Thomas Hardy’s classic Victorian tale about one woman’s dueling desires for feminist independence and fiery passion has long been catnip for filmmakers. But Thomas Vinterberg’s latest version is, hands down, the best yet. With a steely resilience burning beneath her delicate, creamy complexion, Carey Mulligan brings remarkable nuance and a rich inner life to the role of Bathsheba Everdene, a modest English country girl who inherits her late uncle’s farm, leading to a wealth of choices most women at the time wouldn’t dare to dream possible. Those, naturally, include a trio of romantic suitors: the shepherd smitten with her even before she came into money (Matthias Schoenaerts); the rich and slightly bumbling landowner next door (Michael Sheen); and the rakish bad boy in uniform (Tom Sturridge). Even if you don’t consider yourself an easy mark for literary bodice-rippers served with a side of sexual politics, this Far From the Madding Crowd gives you plenty of reason to swoon, most particularly in its earthy realism, gorgeous cinematography, deft editing and beautiful musical score.

“Vinterberg’s romantic rollercoaster honors Hardy’s rustic vibe. Remarkably, too, he’s made a thoroughly modern film anyone can relate to — it’s like a “what a woman wants” discussion set in Victorian times. It’s also an instant classic.” (Graham Fuller, New York Daily News)

Great Britain – 2015 – 119 mins. – In English only

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Nov 242015
 November 24, 2015  Film


Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

NNVG10006150_VicFloSawBearitunes_itunesWinner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, this is a darkly mysterious tale of two lesbian ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life for themselves in the backwoods of Quebec. Seeking peace and quiet, the couple slowly begin to feel under siege as Vic’s probation officer keeps popping up unexpectedly, and a strange woman in the neighbourhood soon turns out to be an increasingly menacing shadow from Flo’s past. With its collection of complex and eccentric characters, surprising plot twists and unsettling humour, Montreal filmmaker Denis Coté has created an utterly original work whose thunderclap of a climax will leave you breathless.

“This isn’t, it turns out, the usual once-upon-a-time tale, but a story about the unknowns that can swallow us up.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

“It’s an ominous, claustrophobic, unhappily sapphic work whose ending instills terror and awe of the fates’ petty, whimsical cruelties.” (Inkoo Kang, Village Voice)

In French with English subtitles

Canada – 2013 – 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

Nov 242015
 November 24, 2015  Book Clubs

reyrosaseverinaThursday, December 3 at 10:30 am

Come and participate in the upcoming book discussion of Severina, a novella by Guatemalan writer Rodrigo Rey Rosa, originally published in Spanish in 2011 and superbly translated into English by Chris Andrews. Rodrigo Rey Rosa is one of the most prominent writers on the contemporary Guatemalan literary scene. He is considered a master in the art of saying more with less.

The narrator, part owner of a bookstore, observes a beautiful young woman shoplifting his books. The bookseller falls in love with the book thief and allows her to continue stealing his books and his soul. Soon there are other serious problems stemming from his infatuation with Severina.  This deceptively simple book is full of surprises, and a strange effect of the author’s clear and precise prose is a sense that much more is going on than is said on the page.

Discover this book, along with some café con medialunas on Thursday, December 3 at 10:30 am in the MPR at the library.

To sign up and for more information, call María Luisa at 514-485-6900, ext. 4110.

Nov 222015
 November 22, 2015  Art

On Thursday, January 14 at 2 pm, join librarian Alisa to discuss Ruth Ozeki‘s A Tale for the Time Being.

In this novel, Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. (Source)

The Afternoon Book Circle is for registered members of the Library – drop by or call the reference desk to sign up. Winter dates TBA.


Nov 222015
 November 22, 2015  Art

Join librarian Alisa on Monday, December 7 at the French Book Club to discuss Christophe Ono-dit-Biot’s Plonger.

Plonger opens with César telling his son Hector the love story between him and Paz, Hector’s mother. The first pages also reveal that Paz is dead, her body washed up on the shore of an Arab country…

The Club will meet on December 7 at 3pm for an in-depth conversation in French about this novel. The club will then take a break over the winter months to restart in April.

To sign up, call the Reference Dept at 514-485-6900 or send us an e-mail at

Nov 192015
 November 19, 2015  Book Clubs

Frog Music

This event has been CANCELLED.

If you missed November’s talk, you are invited to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa, talk about Frog Music by Emma Donoghue.  It will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at 1:45pm.  There is no talk in December.

This novel is by the same author who brought us Room.  Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amidst a record-breaking heatwave and smallpox epidemic.  Based on true events, this story explores the issues of women’s rights and freedoms, their status and sexual urges.  There are no two better characters to prove society wrong than Blanche and Jenny.

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 November’s title, Love Saves the Day, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

The library has 5 copies of the current book to be discussed.  Grab one off the shelf!

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

Nov 172015
 November 17, 2015  Film


Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Felix and Meira - DVD F3163A labour of love by rising young Montreal filmmaker Maxime Giroux, this cross-cultural romance won the Best Canadian Feature prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Felix and Meira’s uniqueness is a big reason why, as is Hadas Yaron’s entrancing performance. The Israeli actress plays Meira, a young wife and mother who chafes at the constrictions placed on her by the ultra-orthodox community in her Mile End neighbourhood. The bond she forges with Felix (Martin Dubrueil)—a fellow misfit grieving the recent loss of his father—will have huge ramifications in both their lives. Funny, touching and as quirky as its characters, Giroux’s film never fails to charm or surprise.

“A somber romance that’s as much about the cultural confluence of city life as it is about the unlikely couple who manage to find each other in it, Félix and Meira captures the dislocating loneliness of “Lost in Translation” without leaving its characters’ native Montreal.” (David Ehrlich, Time Out New York)

In French, Yiddish and Hebrew with English subtitles

Canada – 2014 – 105 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

Nov 172015
 November 17, 2015  Lectures

In the Headlines posterIn the Headlines with Hershey Dwoskin
Fridays at 2 pm
In the Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Find out what lies behind the world news headlines with discussion leader Hershey Dwoskin.

November 13 – December 4