Newton Library Schedule

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

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Saturday, September 29


10:00 am – 10:45 am

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.

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Divinder Purewal

Come laugh and cry at the trials and tribulations of immigrating to Canada. (Click here to read more.)

Oh! Canada? follows the adventures of Divinder, his wife Anisha, their son Kamran and daughter Sonya as they decide to emigrate from England to Canada in the summer of 2005.

We see the immigration process through the eyes of the lead character Divinder as he slowly starts to resent his hum-drum life in London and manages to convince his wife to take a chance and reinvent themselves 5,000 miles away in Canada.


12:00 pm – 12:45 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


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Anita Miettunen

Discover the story of Canada's largest blue whale skeleton! (Click here to read more.)
Did you know a blue whale is the largest animal ever known to exist? They’re even bigger than dinosaurs! Come and hear author Anita Miettunen read from her children’s book, Big Blue Forever, about how a buried blue whale skeleton was dug up bone-by-bone and eventually displayed at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC in Vancouver. You’ll also learn some amazing facts about this endangered species at risk.

Anita Miettunen is a BC writer whose children’s book, Big Blue Forever, is inspired by the true story of how a blue whale skeleton, buried for over twenty years in PEI, was shipped cross country and reassembled for permanent display at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver.


2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Malcolm Van Delst

Explore taboo topics with humour as Malcolm’s performance brings her work to life. (Adult topics and language) (Click here to read more.)

Malcolm van Delst stands out as a lazy writer in a profession notorious for idlers and bums. She crowd-sourced this bio. She is a former lady who codes, a sometime bitcoin miner fond of get-rich-quick schemes and has a knack for dramatifying.

Her first novel, Do the Wrong Thing, came out in August. If you liked My Struggle, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark and My Name is Lucy Barton, this post-modern Northern Gothic is for you.


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Naked Stage Readers Theatre

The Savannah Sipping Society

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY, by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, is a delightful comedy about four mid-life women who find themselves newly living in Savannah due to a variety of unexpected events in their lives. They happen to meet after “escaping” a hot-yoga class and decide to get together for an impromptu happy hour; as Marlafaye says “This could’ve been an uncomfortable evening – four strangers getting together on a whim, knowin’ next to nothin’ about each other – but something just clicked. We couldn’t stop talking…”. From there, they create a bond made up of determination, misadventures, and shared liquid refreshment.

Kathleen Allisen as Randa Covington
Heather-jane Robertson as Dot Haigler
Melanie Paulse as Marlafaye Mosely
Colleen McGoff Dean as Jinx Jenkins

Sunday, September 30


1:00 pm – 1:45 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.


2:00 pm – 2:45 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.


3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Gina McMurchy- Barber

A Peggy Henderson Viking adventure (Click here to read more.)
Gina McMurchy-Barber has been an elementary teacher in Montessori schools for 23 years. When she’s not teaching she writes plays for her students to perform, and publishes books for children and young adults. Her written work has earned her nominations for many prestigious writing awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Librarians Award, and the BC Book Awards. She is also the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.


In addition to teaching, Gina holds a degree in archaeology, and a diploma in journalism. She grew up in Surrey and still lives here on the same little farm that once belonged to her parents. Gina visits schools and libraries around the lower mainland, BC and Canada giving talks on her books and writing.