Fireside Chats with Local Authors


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Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Friends Program Room

There's a brand-new author event coming to the Canmore Library in 2024!

Fireside Chats with Local Authors: an ongoing conversation about writing, storytelling, and the craft of spinning tales.

Join us on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30pm for the first in a series of author panels being held at the Library this year.

Bring a friend and take part in an ongoing conversation about writing, storytelling, and the craft of spinning tales of adventure to share with readers. How do writers manage to wrangle their big ideas onto the page and then, write enough pages to fill a book? Turns out, no two authors tackle the challenge in quite the same way.

Snacks will be provided. Books will be available for purchase.

For our first Fireside Chat, we are thrilled to have three exciting local authors bringing their unique knowledge, skills, experience, and creativity to the table: Jordan Bartlett, Katrina Rosen, and Helen Rolfe.

Jordan Bartlett

Born in New Zealand and raised in New Zealand and Canada, Jordan has lived on islands and surrounded by mountains and has fallen asleep to the sound of waves and train whistles. Home was the label given family, not places, and stories of adventure kept her reaching toward the horizon.

A Speech Language Pathologist currently living in Canada, Jordan has a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. She has devoured literature all her life and spent three years working on her first novel, which was released in 2021.

The first two novels in her trilogy: The Frean Chronicles, are now available and the third is soon to be released. Contest of Queens and Queen's Catacombs follow Jacs, a Lower-born who must infiltrate the Upper Realm and earn her place to compete in the Contest of Queens.

Katrina Rosen

Katrina Rosen loves the outdoors. Along with her husband, Mike, they’ve raised their son to believe it’s entirely normal to sleep in huts and tents as often as your own bed, and to spend as much time as possible biking, skiing, hiking, and playing. Eager to share her passions and inspire others, Katrina works as a hiking and cycling guide in the Rocky Mountains, opening up her guests’ minds to the forgotten possibilities in life. When she’s not roaming through the wilderness or competing in ridiculously long races, she can be found curled up by a fire with a cup of coffee, poring over maps and dreaming up adventures.

With You By Bike: One Couple’s Life-Changing Journey Around the World

After many years together Katrina and Mike’s marriage has unravelled. In a quest to mend their relationship, they embark on a year-long, 13,000-kilometre cycling tour with the hope of strengthening their commitment to one another.

The couple ride through barren landscapes, scorching fires, and humid jungles. From backcountry roads in New Zealand, sharing a picnic with a man and his multiple wives in Malaysia, or camping at an orphanage in Cambodia; at every turn, they are touched by locals who feed them stories and laughter. Together they repair 54 flat tires, navigate heat exhaustion in Vietnam, altitude sickness in Tibet, and two robberies before they face the last hard climb to the world’s tallest mountain.

With You By Bike is honest and raw, describing Katrina’s search for forgiveness, acceptance, and change. It’s about rediscovering choice from a bicycle seat, exploring the world, and finding love by veering off the beaten path.

Helen Rolfe

Helen Rolfe is a professional writer and editor in mountain literature and avalanche safety. She is the writing  mentor for the Bow Valley’s Shoe Project (Google that) and the program director at Trail Sports for cross-country skiing and mountain biking. Her first book is titled Women Explorers: One Hundred Years of Courage and Audacity, which became part of the Grade 6 school curriculum in Canada. Her next book, Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei, won the Mountaineering History Award at the 2018 Banff Centre Film and Book Festival and was also shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Award in England.


Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei is the first English telling of Junko Tabei’s story, the first woman to climb Mount Everest. The writing process of this book is unique, as is the story of how Helen wrote Women Explorers: 100 Years of Courage and Audacity. Helen wrote the latter with a newborn in her arms, compiling the stories in her head on long walks with her baby in a running stroller. She then sat and typed like mad whenever her daughter napped.

Host for the Evening: Nikki Tate

Nikki Tate has lived in the Bow Valley on and off since 1969. The great outdoors never fails to inspire her and she enjoys, among other things, horseback riding, sailing, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and hiking.

Nikki Tate is the author of more than three dozen books (including Writer on Fire: Poetry Prompts to Inspire the Poet Within, co-authored with Carol Thornton, another Canmore author), several thousand articles and blog posts, a couple of short screenplays (including Spindrift: The Barry Blanchard Story), as well as works for the stage, Tate loves to tell stories in a wide range of genres and for all ages. As the founder of Writers on Fire, Tate is also passionate about helping others find the best way to tell their stories.

Each event will include a book exchange table. Bring a book you love (gently used or new) for the exchange table and leave with another to read!

What is a Fireside Chat?
A fireside chat is a conversation between a moderator and 1-2 speakers. The conversation follows an interview-style format and gives the speakers a platform to dive deeper into their expertise.

Event dates

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2024 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.