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WASM newsletter for October 17, 2022

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The 2022 edition of the McGill Book Fair will take place from October 18 - 20. Once again, the sale will be held in Redpath Hall. As always, we have an amazing assortment of books, recent and rare, in all categories from Art to Zoology and everything in between. For more information, please check our Facebook page, our web page, leave a message at 514-398-8105 or send us an

We’re looking forward to seeing you at this year’s sale. Anne Williams and Susan Woodruff, coordinators.

P.S. Did you know that since 1975, we have donated over $1.8 million for student bursaries and scholarships?


4 November, 4 PM - Join us for an artist talk with celebrated photographer and graphic designer, Angela Grauerholz. This afternoon’s presentation investigates memory, the archive, and the subjectivity of vision across the artist’s own oeuvre. Grauerholz will activate ROAAr’s collections, which includes a large-scale photograph in the McGill Visual Arts Collection and Privation (2002), an artist book in Rare Books and Special Collections. This event will be live-streamed for remote attendance, and we will be happy to host a limited number of in-person attendees.


Back this fall! We are pleased to announce that this year the 61st annual Montreal Gem & Mineral Show will be held at Palais des Congrès de Montréal from October 28-30, 2022.


Online Professional Grant Development Workshop - Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals.

October 20-21, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Sponsored by the Grant Training Center. The Professional Grant Development live online workshop, which is normally held at Concordia University, has been moved online for health and safety concerns. It will include: the same length of instruction, interactive discussions, and one-on-ones with the instructor.

Our ultimate goal is for you to walk away with a product specific to your interests, which includes the grant design, abstract and budget.

Questions? Call us at (866) 704-7268.

Workshop Fee: $595.00 USD (includes comprehensive lists of resources, electronic workbook, and certificate of completion). Rebate of $45.00 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization.

Can't make it? This webinar will also take place December 7-8, 2022

You may also be interested in our Manuscript Writing & Publishing Workshop October 25, 2022.

Discount: $50 off by registering for both the grant writing and manuscript workshops. Only the highest discount will apply.


Boris Brott will be remembered in a musical tribute to be performed by the legendary conductor’s own orchestra.


Discover the vast and strangely beautiful places where things go to die and meet the people who collect, restore, and recycle the world's scrap. SCRAP scratches beneath flaking paint and rusting metal to reveal the beauty and pathos in the ugliness we leave behind. A film by Stacey Tenenbaum.


Aide-mémoire: Shopping Lists – an exhibit.

Our new display shows the collection of over 200 shopping lists compiled since 2016 by collector Lucy Ireland Gray in the town of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. Since then, friends and family have donated lists from around the globe – although the collecting stalled slightly during the national lockdowns when supermarket cleanliness went into overdrive and Lucy was reluctant to collect any discarded lists. The new display also provides us with an intimate look at our consumer behaviours in the 21st century. Each list gives an insight into trends, tastes, the continuing popularity of old favourites, the mundane and the downright bizarre! From the spelling and handwriting to the paper they are written on and the order they are written, the lists expose people’s tastes, their habits, their celebrations, and the things they find important. They show a snapshot of everyday domesticity in 21st-century England and share an insight into a person’s life.

About collector Lucy Ireland Gray from The Guardian:


The rapid rise of AI-generated art and why creative professionals are divided over it.

A collage of three original AI art pieces created by Annie Bender. (CBC Radio/Day 6)


The Best Chef in the World - Sally Schmitt sold her successful Napa Valley establishment, the French Laundry. Then it became “the best restaurant in the world.” Oscar winner Ben Proudfoot’s new doc celebrates a little-known pioneer of California cuisine.

Watch here:


Wildlife photographer of the year - National Geographic contributor Karine Aigner earned top prize for her photo of mating cactus bees in Texas.

Karine Aigner is the 2022 Wildlife Photographer of the Year for her shot of a cactus bee 'mating ball' in South Texas. (Karine Aigner/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)



The intimate relationship between capitalism, class struggles, and racial inequality in two working-class Montreal neighbourhoods.

From All in a Weekend:


Moshe Safdie on the role of architects in building a better world. Award-winning architect Moshe Safdie discusses the power of architecture to change the world — and reflects on his new memoir If Walls Could Speak: My Life in Architecture.

The book:

If Walls Could Speak takes readers behind the veil of an essential yet mysterious profession to explain through Moshe Safdie's own experiences how an architect thinks and works—from the spark of imagination through the design process, the model-making, the politics, the engineering, the materials.


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