To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday (for Europeans of course, not for those who were already here) Atwater Writers Exhibition ran a writing contest: 150 Words For 150 Years.
Writers submitted from all over Canada, the U.S., and several other countries too, such as India and Serbia.
I wrote a non-fiction piece about two particular incidents, 86 years apart, involving my grandmother’s copper kettle.
The kettle was given to her in 1912, a wedding present, just days before she and my grandfather (six days married) set sail from England for Canada. My mother gave the kettle to me when I moved to Canada.
Yesterday AWE and Atwater Library held a 150th Day Party. The winners and runners-up of the writing contest (I was lucky to be one of the runners-up) read their pieces, and people in the library’s digital literacy project showed their 150 second videos. My copper kettle came along for my reading!
Atwater Library is important to me, not only as my local library but also because it’s where the Quebec Writers’ Federation lives! QWF is a treasure trove of workshops, resources, and networking for Quebec English-language writers.
Originally the library, the oldest subscription library in Canada, was the Mechanics’ Institute, the first in British North America, founded in 1828.
…the aim of the new Montreal Institution was[…] “to see to the instruction of its members in the arts and in the various branches of science and useful knowledge.” Rather than classroom activities, the institution ran a lecture program, organized weekly information sessions and had a library and reading room. Atwater Library
This actual building dates from 1918-20 (so just a wee bit younger than my copper kettle!) and is a national historic site.
The medallion over the extremely heavy front door says IM (Institute of Mechanics). The side door below, which looks as though it would be even heavier, is not too bad as long as there’s not a strong wind!
Can you tell it was a gloomy, rainy day in Montreal yesterday?
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