Aiken Kraft – Local Sponsor for The Bookshelf

The WCYR and the Volunteers with The Bookshelf would like to thank Cameron Aiken for his generous donation of two hand-crafted bookends to be included in our silent auction this June 25th at the Farmers’ Market in Newmarket.

Antique Horse TableCameron Aiken is the owner/operation of Aikenkraft Wood Creations, based in Sutton West, ON. He has generously donated a set of beautifully crafted bookends to our raffle/silent auction.

Cam graduated from York University with a BFA in Visual Arts in 1996 and a BEd in 2003. A painter by training, he most recently obtained his carpentry license and bought himself a sawmill in order to create unique designs from recovered and upcycled wood.

Cameron’s studio features one-of-a-kind pieces with a rustic appeal and original design, at once functional and appealing to the eye. His focus is commission work, including backyard treeforts and playscapes, one of a kind furnishings for any space, housewares and a host of other treasures he or his clients dream up.

Cam tends to make things he’s never made before and he loves a challenge. His Custom Tree Houseeclectic style appeals to one and all; be sure to look for his work on Pinterest, at studio tours and local craft shows.

Aikenkraft is showcased on etsy at:

He can be reached at:


Terry Fallis: Featured Author

The Bookshelf @ the Market is proud to host Terry Fallis, who has kindly been the WCYR’s guest speaker, not once, but twice, at our monthly gatherings at our local Community Centre in Newmarket.
Terry & His Books
Terry will be speaking in the READING ROOM at 2:05pm on June 25th, 2016 as one of four featured authors.
Terry Fallis somehow manages to make me feel as though I’ve known him all my life, and yet I’ve had exactly one conversation with him and perhaps a dozen email messages to represent the bulk of our correspondence.
It is his highly endearing sense of humour that enables him to engage readers and listeners alike. At once humble and authoritative, Terry is the epitome of grace and dignity, when it comes to addressing the nuts and bolts of the writer’s craft. His methodology reflects the craftsman adage, “measure twice, cut once”. He spends an inversely proportionate amount of time in the planning process so that the story fairly writes itself when it comes time to tackle the manuscript.
Terry’s writing is personal, although never self indulgent. He draws from his own emotional landscape in order to inform his character motivation, his setting and the scope of conflict as it twists and resolves. It’s this willingness to explore “what if” that lends risk and a capricious flair to his plots, making his stories both memorable and accessible.
He is a multiple Stephen Leacock Award Winner for Humour, all five of his novels being Bestsellers.
In fact, his book, Best Laid Plans, became a television miniseries, then later was adapted as a musical theatre production in Vancouver and had a very successful run last September. He is, undoubtedly, a quintessentially Canadian writer.
If you have a chance to read his work, please look for these titles:
The Best Laid Plans
The High Road
Up and Down
No Relation (recently rereleased)
Poles Apart
One Brother Shy (under construction)
By Erika Willaert, Author. Poet. Reading Room Coordinator.