McGill Conversations with Alberto Manguel

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The McGill Library is pleased to welcome Alberto Manguel, writer, editor, critic and bibliophile for the fall 2019 McGill Conversations series. Six evenings of conversation will guide attendees through some of the rare treasures of the library’s collection. From Quebec detective fiction to fairy tales, Manguel and his guests will cover a wide range of topics – something to appeal to the curiosity in all of us. The McGill Conversations are presented in collaboration with the Friends of the McGill Library. Manguel will share his love of books and libraries in conversation with seven special guests:

Andrée A. Michaud 2 October 2019

Image by Marianne Deschênes.

Dans la bibliothèque, avec un chandelier : Romans policiers québécois
In the Library, with a Candlestick… : Quebec Detective Fiction

Joignez-vous à l’auteure Andrée A. Michaud, lauréate du prix littéraire du gouverneur général, et à l'animateur Alberto Manguel pour une tournée de commémoration de la fiction policière québécoise, des temps du Vieux-Montréal à nos jours.

Événement bilingue francais / English


Anita Rau Badami 23 October 2019

Anita Rau Badami
Image by Dipti Gupta.

Witness to a Setting Sun? Rudyard Kipling’s Traffics and Discoveries

How complex was Kipling’s relationship to his native India?

Join Alberto Manguel and author Anita Rau Badami for a lively discussion of Kipling’s work in the context of multiculturalism, colonialism, and modernity.


Aritha Van Herk 13 November 2019

Aritha van Herk

McGill in the Making; The Dawson Family at Home and Away

The Dawson family papers give a fascinating glimpse into the life of a 19th century McGill family - a group of geologists, influential socialites and explorers. Author and Professor Aritha Van Herk and Alberto Manguel will discuss the Dawson family as a notable example of the Canadian pioneering spirit.




Esther Frank and Sebastian Schulman 20 November 2019

cover of Im sheki'at ha-hamah: shirim, 1900-1906 (At sunset: poems) (Varshah: Tushiyah, 1906).

Yiddish Spoken: The Yiddish Writers of Quebec

What is lost in translation? Join Alberto Manguel and guests Ether Frank and Sebastian Schulman for an exploration of Montreal’s Yiddish literary culture today. They will guide us through the treasures of Joe Fishstein’s remarkable Yiddish collection.


Susan Swan

4 December 2019


Susan Swan

The Human Zoo: Medicine and Showbusiness

Join Alberto Manguel and author Susan Swan for a discussion of the scandalous phenomenon of the “human zoos” popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with examples from the Osler Library of the History of Medicine.


Jane Urquhart 11 December 2019

Image by Nick Tinkl..

Into the Woods: Children’s Books and Fairy Tales

Join novelist Jane Urquhart for a trip “into the woods” of Fairyland. East will meet west in this evening celebrating children’s stories from across the globe.


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