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The President’s Message

They say you should always expect change in life, but when it happens, it sometimes feels like a challenge! For everyone’s safety, we suspended our planned meetings earlier this year. Now we are finding a path forward in our 122nd year.

Historically, the St. James Literary Society has been about people meeting in person, to socialize and share a common collective spirit – and of course to become more aware of our world. And we have done so against more modern trends towards virtual online forums such as Ted Talks or YouTube. With social isolation, this will have to change.

Moving forward, all our events in 2020 (and perhaps even beyond) will be held online using the app called Zoom. We hope that this will bring more participation than ever, as we are making these events free to attend, at least for the remainder of 2020. Due to the changing nature of our world, our plans will have to adjust accordingly.

I ask that you prepare your computer before our meetings by downloading and installing the Zoom application on your PC or tablet and verifying that your sound and microphone work properly.

Despite these difficulties, I am excited to present our programme for the 2020 – 2021 season! A variety of thought provoking events designed to be both informative and entertaining. We hope they will appeal to the broad interests of our members.

Stay safe, and follow government health and hygiene advice. This will allow everyone one day soon to get out and socialize again.

All the best to you and your loved ones!

The President’s Message

Welcome to another exciting season at the St. James Literary Society! For our one hundred and twenty-first year, we have prepared a program offering a great variety of thought-provoking events designed to be both informative and entertaining. We hope they will appeal to the
broad interests of our members and non-members alike.
We are pleased to announce that some of our events will again take place at the John A. Simms Community Centre in Montreal West. Some of our other meetings will be held at St Jax (formerly St. James the Apostle Church) where coffee and cookies will be provided before each lecture which, we hope, will encourage everyone to socialize.
This year, our wine event will be held in conjunction with the Royal Montreal Curling Club at their premises on de Maisonneuve just west of Guy. The session at the Montreal Neurological Institute will be given in their auditorium on University Street.
In recent years, we have been posting all of our happenings on Meetup.com where we now have over 1,000 followers. As a reminder, our website provides you with our calendar of coming events.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to remember the late Sharon Browman who was a very important member of the Executive Committee of the St. James Literary Society. She will be missed by all.
We would really like you to join us at the events presented in this program… please remember to bring a friend, no charge.
I look forward to welcoming you in September.

The President’s Message

This is the One Hundred and Twentieth year since the St. James Literary Society was founded here in Montreal. To mark this occasion, Canada’s Governor General has sent us a letter of congratulations which we are pleased to share with you.

On the agenda for this year is a wine tasting, a sex specialist, a criminologist, to name a few. One event I am especially looking forward to is our visit to Urgences-santé, not only to see the inside of the ambulance, but to better understand how this life-saving service functions.

Last year we held two meetings in Montreal West. The attendance at these events was very encouraging, so much so, that this year we plan to have three meetings there. Some meetings will be held at St Jax Montréal (formerly the Church of St. James the Apostle at Bishop and
Ste. Catherine W.) where coffee/tea and cookies will be provided prior to each lecture to allow everyone to socialize. To make our sessions more accessible to more people, one meeting will be held on a Monday evening and two of them will be on Saturday afternoons.

I strongly believe that societies in which citizens participate in the social sphere tend to form more vibrant democracies; where hearing different viewpoints helps to build a better understanding of our world as a whole. So come join us! We invite you to discover all our lectures and activities for our One Hundred and Twentieth season presented in this program book. Become a member of the St. James Literary Society to benefit from all the advantages
of membership.

Lastly, I would like to extend a huge thank you to our loyal members who continue to participate in our shared history.