Montreal Dickens Fellowship
for the best of times

2013-2014 Schedule


September 16, 2013 (Monday)
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
"Dickens For Today", Dr. Ellie Clavier Rothstein will give a power-point presentation about Dickens' relevance and prevalence in our current society. It is a funny and colorful, hour-long slide show, complete with many cartoons, you-tube clips, movie and T.V. references about how Dickens interfaces with our everyday lives and pervades our popular culture. An introduction to the Fellowship and our little known Montreal branch history will also given.
September 18, 2013 (Wednesday)
11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
M.C.L.L.
"Little Dorrit" Dr. Ellie Clavier Rothstein will commence a 10-week study group on Little Dorrit,
at M.C.L.L., page 14/24, #250.

Call 514-342-1834 for information.

The McGill Community for Lifelong Learning is a community of dedicated moderators and learners from diverse backgrounds and life experience who are committed to personal growth through peer learning and active participation in small study groups. Members are encouraged to participate, and to research and use the McGill libraries. There are no educational prerequisites, no age limitations, no exams or grades -- and the cost is low.

Click on the following link to view a youtube video describing people's experiences at: McGill Community for Lifelong Learning
October 1, 2013 (Tuesday)
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Westmount Library
Introduction to "Oliver Twist". Chapters 1 - 8

Questions on OT Chapters 1- 8
November 4, 2013 (Monday)
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Dr. Goldie Morgentaler will present her talk: "Dickens's Fagin and the History of the Jew in English Literature." This talk will give a short history of how Jews have traditionally been depicted in English literature and how Dickens's depiction of Fagin fits into that tradition. In the nineteenth century sympathetic portraits of Jews began appearing in the works of non-Jewish writers, such as Walter Scott. The question then becomes where does Fagin fit into the split in Victorian literature between positive and negative portrayals of Jews.


Please follow link to read Goldie's excellent essay: Dickens in Canada, originally published in Dickens Quarterly 19, 3 in September 2002.
November 5, 2013 (Tuesday)
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Westmount Library
Oliver Twist: Chapters 9 - 16

Questions on OT Chapters 9-16
December 3, 2013 (Tuesday)
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Westmount Library
Oliver Twist: Chapters 17-24

Questions on OT Chapters 17-24

"The Portraits of Charles Dickens" presented by Louise de Tonnancour

Being one of the most famous writers of his time, Dickens' features were captured by more artists than any of his contemporary authors. A PowerPoint presentation will parallel Dickens' evolution through the use of these many portraits.
December 8, 2013 (Sunday)
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Atwater Library

"A Christmas Carol" presented by John Huston.
An "encore" performance at the Atwater Library 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
The upstairs hall of Atwater Public Library, 1200 Atwater directly across the street from the Atwater Metro Station. Use the side entrance (a prominent poster will direct you there).

Tickets:
$25 General.
$20 for seniors, students and members of Literary societies.
$15 for Dickens Fellowship members.

Tickets available at the door. CASH ONLY
Refreshments and Door Prizes will be offered
All profits to benefit the Tiny Tim Fund of the Montreal Children's Hospital
December 9, 2013 (Monday)
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Manoir Westmount
"A Christmas Carol" presented by John Huston. .
John Huston will perform an abbreviated version of "A Christmas Carol" for the residents of the Manoir Westmount. 4646 Sherbrooke West. 2:00-3:00 p.m.
This performance is also open to members of the Montreal Dickens Fellowship and students of Ellie's MCLL classes for a charge of $10.00. A tea will be served following the performance.
December 27, 2013 (Friday)
2:00 (run time: 153 minutes)
Westmount Library
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Westmount Library's Screening of "Oliver!" movie (Directors: Carol Reed, Ronald Saland)

"Experience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscar®-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale! Young Oliver (Mark Lester) is an orphan who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. He's immediately taken in by a band of street urchins, headed by the lovable villain, Fagin (Ron Moody), his fiendish henchman, Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed), and his loyal apprentice, The Artful Dodger (Jack Wild). Through his education in the fine points of pick-pocketing, Oliver makes away with an unexpected treasure... a home and a family of his own.

Set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as "Consider Yourself," "Where Is Love?" and "As Long As He Needs Me," Oliver! leads us on a journey in search of love, belonging, and honor among thieves. Winner of six Academy Awards® (1968), including Best Picture and Best Score."
January 7, 2014 (Tuesday)
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Westmount Library
Oliver Twist: Chapters 25-32

Questions on O.T. Chapters 25-32
January 19, 2014 (Sunday)
1:40 p.m.
Cineplex Odeon Forum
2313 St. Catherine Street West
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Group outing to see the 1:40 p.m. matinee performance of "The Invisible Woman".
Follow the link to view movie trailer "The Invisible Woman"
Pre-movie brunch (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) at Nickels Restaurant, 1500 Atwater Ave.
February 4, 2014 (Tuesday)
* 12:00-2:00 p.m.
L'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant
We will celebrate the 202nd anniversary of Dickens' birth (Feb.7th) at the l'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant, 273 Rue Saint Paul Est., in Old Montreal.

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Macdougall will be performing "Dr. Marigold", one of Dickens lesser known Christmas stories.
To view ebook: Works of Charles Dickens, Christmas Stories: Dr. Marigold's Prescriptions p. 212-246 click on blue hyperlink p212-246

The reading, Doctor Marigold, was taken from Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions, the All the Year Round Christmas number for 1865. All the Year Round was a weekly literary magazine, founded, owned and edited by Charles Dickens. It was published between 1859 and 1895 throughout the United Kingdom; after his death in 1870, it was continued by his eldest son Charles Dickens Jr.

(Doctor Marigold is a "cheap jack" or travelling peddler of cheap goods.)
March 4, 2014 (Tuesday)
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Westmount Library
Oliver Twist: Chapter 33-40
"Victorian Fashion and Frippery" presented by Timmy Cohen

Timmy will present a colourful, entertaining and informative PowerPoint presentation on Victorian fashion for women and men. Learn about all the many layers of clothing and underclothing that make up the styles of Dickens' day!

Questions on O.T. Chapters 33-40
April 1, 2014 (Tuesday)
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Westmount Library
Oliver Twist: Chapters 41-48
"History of the Original Montreal Fellowship" presented by Dr. Lorne Huston

Lorne will introduce us to the founding members of the original Montreal Fellowship (1909). Who were these people? What were they like? What kind of backgrounds and interests did they have?

Questions on O.T. Chapters 41-48
May 6, 2014 (Tuesday)
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Westmount Library
Oliver Twist: Chapters 49-53
"Oliver Twist" conclusion and open discussion.
(Our panel on Antisemitism has been postponed to the fall.)

Questions on O.T. Chapters 49-51
May 30, 2014 (Friday)
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ellie's Residence
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Victorian hat-decorating pot-luck lunch.

We will be creating hats in the morning, having a light pot-luck lunch (please bring finger foods) and for those that wish to stay, watching "The First Fagin" in the afternoon. This is a two hour docudrama about Ikey Solomon, the Jewish criminal that Dickens supposedly based the character of Fagin on.
June 10, 2014 (Tuesday)
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Westmount Library
Story Telling Garden
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Victorian Tea

Victorian apparel, hats, gloves, etc. are welcome! Tea, sandwiches, scones, cookies and cakes will be served. Guests are encouraged to bring their own china teacups, saucers and cake plates. Prizes will be raffled off.
Five performers will be reading selections from Dickens' works.
A $15 donation is suggested, $10 for Members of the Fellowship. Profits benefit the Tiny Tim Fund of the Montreal Children's Hospital.
There is place for 30-40 guests, please advise ASAP if you plan to attend.