Montreal Dickens Fellowship
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2012-2013 Schedule


November 6, 2012:
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Pickwick Papers: Chapters 8-14. "Dickens and Music" presented by Sherry Steinberg.
December 4, 2012:
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Pickwick Papers: Chapters 8-14. "Dickens and Christmas" presented by Elaine Bander.
December 7, 2012:
7:30-9:30 p.m.

"A Christmas Carol" presented by John Huston.
Evening performance at the Atwater Library 7:30-9:30 p.m.
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January 8, 2013
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Pickwick Papers: Chapters 15-28. There will be no presentations at this meeting. We'll be covering 14 chapters and watch as much of the video as time allows after our discussion. Everyone is welcome. A plot summary of the assigned reading will be presented. Study questions shall be forwarded to those on the mailing list and also to those who request it through the website. (Go to Contact Us to make your request.) Brave the winter weather and enjoy this great novel in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Questions on Chapters 15-21
Questions on Chapters 22-28
January 29, 2013
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
"Dickens for Today"
Dr. Ellie Clavier-Rothstein will present a brief PowerPoint biography of Charles Dickens and take a light-hearted look at how his works have become embedded in our popular culture and in our everyday lives. We will also have a small party in honour of Dickens' upcoming 201st birthday, complete with birthday cake and toast to the "Immortal Memory".
This meeting welcomes those Dickens aficionados who are unable to attend our afternoon meetings. If there is enough interest, we will provide evening meetings along the lines of our Tuesday afternoon sessions.
February 5, 2013
* 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Please join us as we celebrate the 201st anniversary of Dickens' birth (Feb.7th) at the l'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant, 273 Rue Saint Paul Est., in Old Montreal (514-866-0963). We have reserved their lovely back room complete with antique bookshelves and old stone walls and decorated with scenes of Montreal in days gone by. They even have a picture of Dickens and mention him on every menu! We will order our meals separately but we will provide birthday cake and have a toast to the "Immortal Memory". For our entertainment, we are delighted to present the "Golden Stagers" as they premiere their very own adaptation of the great trial scene from Pickwick Papers: Bardell vs Pickwick (chapter 34).
March 5, 2013
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Pickwick Papers: Chapters 29-35. "Dickens and Decor" presented by Thelma Cohen.
A fascinating look at Dickens as an interior decorator, an art he took most seriously in his own obsessive way! Come learn about the Victorian home and discover how involved he was in decorating his own homes (down to the choosing of the wallpaper for his daughters' bedrooms!)

Questions on Chapters 29-35
April 2, 2013
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Pickwick Papers: Chapters 36-42.

Questions on Chapters 36-42
May 7, 2013
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Pickwick Papers: Chapters 43-49. "Dickens and Money" presented by Gladys Pollack.
Gladys treats us to an in-depth look at the value of money in Victorian England and in Dickens' works. What did people earn? What did things cost? Join us for a very enlightening presentation as we learn to sort out the bobs, shillings and pence!

Questions on Chapters 43-49
June 4, 2013
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Pickwick Papers: Chapters 50-56 "Afternoon Victorian Tea in the Park"
Please join us as we conclude our discussion of Pickwick while we sip our tea and munch on our scones and watercress sandwiches under the lovely trees of Westmount Park (adjacent to the Library). Keep tuned for further details!