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Afternoon Tea - The Queen Elizabeth Hotel - Rosélys Restaurant - March 27, 2018 - 2 p.m.

Our Branch is planning an Afternoon Tea outing at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, March 27, 2:00-4:30 p.m.  Please advise me asap if you are planning to attend as we need to make a reservation.

The cost is $37,00 CAD per person, plus taxes and gratuities.

The Dress Code is Smart casual



Sandwiches & savoury bites

Shortbread tart with radish, mimosa egg

Cucumber sandwich with yuzu mayonnaise

Smoked salmon on Viennese bread with seaweed butter 

Smoked ham sandwich with tomato butter and fried basil


Warm Scones, baked in-house, Devonshire cream, jams & marmalade from our Artisans market

Sweet table

Assorted cakes

Assorted pastries

Cappuccino: coffee biscuit, chocolate fondant, milk foam

Macaron: Carrot juice ivory ganache & candied carrots

Lemon pie with lime jelly

for more detailed information visit their website:  Rosélys Restaurant

Dickens Birthday Luncheon - February 6, 2018

Please join us as we celebrate the 206th anniversary of Dickens’ birthday on, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 12:00-3:00 pm at the l'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant, 273 rue Saint Paul Est.  We have reserved their lovely back room.  Meals are ordered separately, but we will provide the birthday cake and have a toast to the “Immortal Memory”.  

January 20, 2018 Sherlock Holmes Society Dinner

The Sherlock Homes Society has extended an invitation to the members of the Montreal Dickens Fellowship to attend their celebration of the164th Birthday of Sherlock Holmes:

The Atwater Club, 3505 Atwater Avenue (north of Sherbrooke), Montreal, QC. H3H 1Y2

Saturday January 20, 2017

Reservation and Advance Payment by January 15th. (Please contact Ellie Rothstein if you are interested in attending.)

Sherlockian or other Victorian dress encouraged … there will be prizes!

Guest speaker Robert Wilkins, Montreal Historian and Author

Cash Bar starting at 6:00 p.m.

Spirits $6.50; Beer $6; Non-Alcoholic from $2 Wine $6/glass; $35/bottle. All plus taxes

 Dinner at 7:00 p.m. $50 per person, including taxes & gratuities

Montreal Dickens Fellowship meeting - January 9, 2018 - Guest speaker - Dr. Martin Bressani

Dr. Bressani will be giving a talk entitled: “Architecture as a Profession in the Making in the early-Victorian Era“  He will be discussing very generally the field of architecture, its workings, and its progressive “professionalization” in the course of the nineteenth century, using two specific examples to make matters more concrete: the architects John Soane and A.W.N. Pugin. The latter has in fact been rumored to have provided Dickens the model for Seth Pecksniff.

Dr. Martin Bressani is the Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in Architecture and Director of McGill University’s School of Architecture in Montréal. He is the author of a monograph on French architect and theoretician Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Architecture and the Historical Imagination: Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (Ashgate, 2014), and co-editor of Gothic Revival Worldwide. A.W.N. Pugin’s Global Influence (Leuven University Press, 2017) and The Companions to the History of Architecture – Nineteenth-Century Architecture (Wiley Blackwell, 2017). He has contributed essays and articles to many books and scholarly journals.

Finnegan’s Market - Saturday, October 21, 2017


We will be having a Dickens Treasure Hunt at Finnegan’s market followed by lunch at the newly re-opened Willow Inn, next Saturday, Oct. 21. We will be meeting at Finnegan’s Market in Hudson just at the entrance ( i.e. the beginning of the antique stalls; a short walk from the far parking lot) at 11:00 A.M. We will divide into small teams and separate to search for Dickensiana (dishes, brasses, books, etc…) We will meet for lunch at 1:30 P.M. at the Willow’s Inn. We should be home by 4:00 P.M.

If you are interested in joining us, please let me know.  

Sylvia Rabinovitch (  still has room for 5-6  more people in her van and can pick them up at a central location. Please contact me (or her) to arrange where and when to be picked up. If you are driving there on your own and/or if you can take someone let me know. I need to let the Willow Inn  know how many we are expecting.

P.S. In case of rain we may have to cancel. We will keep a close eye on the weather!

Bloomsday - Events from June 10 to June 16

Bloomsday celebrates Thursday, June 16, 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.  Famous for its innovative style, stream of consciousness technique and extremely frank, very amusing, and often controversial language, Ulysses takes us through a day in the life of Leopold Bloom, an Irish Jew.

To find out more about the festival events, click on the link to read the Festival Bloomsday Montreal brochure.

Montreal Dickens Fellowship meeting May 2, 2017 - Guest speaker - Julius Grey

Our guest speaker, Julius Grey, gave a very passionate and personal account of how Dickens’s novel “David Copperfield” played an enormous role in his struggle to “fit in” and succeed after emigrating from Poland as a young boy. Indeed, M. Grey went on to describe how, throughout his life, his political and social views were often strongly influenced by Dickens’s writing. We all were impressed by his tremendous familiarity with all of Dickens’s works and by his vast knowledge of literature in general. Guests particularly enjoyed his engaging demeanour and the candour with which he shared  his personal reflections.

After an interesting discussion about good and evil in “Barnaby Rudge” as it related to M. Grey’s remarks, we presented our guest with a copy of “Charles Dickens and the Law” by Thomas A. Fyfe.

Many thanks to Julius Grey for his interesting perspective on Dickens’s works and very thought-provoking talk!

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