Fleetwood Library Schedule

Discover Literary Readings, Workshops, Demonstrations and Artist Talks right next door.

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Saturday, September 29


12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Roxsane Tiernan

Reflect the beauty in the art work and life's fullness in the poetry. (Click here to read more.)

“Art and Soul by Canadian artist and writer, Roxsane Tiernan, is a reader’s journey of exploration. Roxsane takes us out of Canada to other parts of the world and brings us back again…with beautiful paintings, expanded insights and a reminder of the true Canadian spirit–one of adventure, self-reflection and a consolidation of experiences gained only by travelling beyond one’s own borders. Every picture is here, but not here…every poem is our past, present and future. Her book will remind you of your roots and renew your appreciation of life in Canada.”

– written by Sharon Yeadon, New West Retired Teacher’s Association.

Roxsane’s presentation will include a glimpse into her travels, an explanation of her artwork, her joy in fellowship and a response to any queries. She believes in global citizenship and the exquisite beauty of nature.


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Chloe Cocking

Chloe Cocking is a writer of dark urban fantasy, myths and fairy tales, and whatever else catches her fancy. (Click here to read more.)
Chloe Cocking has lived in the Vancouver Rainforest for most of her life. She writes urban fantasy, horror, fairy tales, and stern letters of complaint. She enjoys eating pie and sleeping. Fiction is the only legal outlet for her most of her impulses.

Her published works include:

  • Saving Seeds (anthology, 2014)
  • Blood Rain (novel, 2017)
  • Fables, Fictions, and Fantasies (short story collection, May 2018)

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Leah Murray

An exploration of the intersection between the craft of writing poetry, semiotics and ekphrasis. (Click here to read more.)
Join Leah Murray, poet/photographer/digital artist/technologist, to get a taste of the readings for her upcoming “Writing the Hygge” workshop in November, a hands-on exploration of the intersection between the craft of writing poetry, semiotics and ekphrasis.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Dr Tony Yang

Art in Science and Engineering - A workshop series on Microfluidics and its Applications. (Click here to read more.)

This workshop overview will provide a demonstration of the full workshop series.

Summary: A 4-week, introductory series of workshops designed for high school students (and their parents), showcasing how Art, Science and Engineering are combined to solve big problems in healthcare:

1.Scientific Method vs. Engineering Method: the art of constructing a strong hypothesis

2.Engineering of Microfluidic Devices: the art of iterative design

3.Biology, Chemistry and Physics of Microfluidics: the art of oral and written scientific communications

4.State-of-the-Art Technologies and Healthcare: the art of multidisciplinary research


3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Wren Handman

Restless Dreams - the young adult urban fantasy novel (Click here to read more.)
After traditionally publishing two novels, Wren Handman decided to take the plunge into self-publishing. She wanted to know what it took, what skills it would use, and most importantly… how hard it would be! In Restless Dreams is the product of that experiment. Join Wren for a reading from the young adult urban fantasy novel, and then ask her anything you want about the strengths and challenges of traditional and self-publishing.

Wren Handman is a published author of fiction, novels, and television. She has published three novels (two traditionally, one self-published). The Switch (a TV sitcom for which she was the lead writer) aired on OutTV in Canada. Wren is currently working full-time as a freelance author.

Sunday, September 30


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Michael Munday

Things That Monsters Love To Do That You Might Too is a children's book that negates a child's fear of monsters... (Click here to read more.)
Things That Monsters Love To Do That You Might Too is a children’s book that negates a child’s fear of monsters and subconsciously nurtures the idea of the acceptance of differences in others. With a lilting rhythm that kids love, each page offers a teachable moment, through a short verse, relating to positive activities for kids that monsters love to do too. Accompanying each verse is a print, from a hand painted watercolour illustration, depicting the activity. It is also pretty cool to kids and fun to read!

Michael D. Munday, the author and illustrator, is registered as a professional artist with the Canada Council for the Arts. Michael has a 2 year diploma in fine arts from Langara College, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and also has a background in liberal arts emphasizing literature and psychology from Douglas College.


2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Karen Kristjanson

Compelling stories of moms and dads sharing parenting after divorce: what worked, what didn't. (Click here to read more.)

The interviews in my book are with real moms and dads in diverse circumstances including high conflict, collaboration, substance abuse, and special needs children. The mothers and fathers make choices, sometimes struggle, and often grow. Their stories offer insights into wise decision-making, as well as practical strategies that strengthen families.

While pain exists in most stories, there is also hope. Co-parents often feel that they have become more confident and compassionate, and parent better than before. Their growth and their childrens’ are the silver lining in the dark pain of divorce.


3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Ken Westdorp

A collection of poetry that spans the journey of life with honesty and emotion and a little humour (Click here to read more.)
Gateway to Obscurity

Gateway to Obscurity is a collection of poetry amassed over some 20 years that describes the troublesome journey of seeking one’s true identity against the conforming restrains that society imposes.  From early childhood to inevitable death each poem weaves an intricate picture of emotions that is sure to connect with the reader.  Confronted by various gates during the passage of time a person must confronted difficult decision that are filled with all sorts of peril in order to gain a greater perspective as to what life has intended.  To discover one’s ultimate purpose is both a frightening and exciting in the same moment, and yet to deny such possibilities because of fear over the unknown, is like compromising the soul’s destiny beyond mere existence.