Meet Speculative Fiction Author Jen Frankel

Hello York Region! So excited to attend The Bookshelf and meet you all. I write speculative fiction of all sorts. From my flagship supernatural thriller series Blood & Magic to a YA sci-fi fantasy Leia of Earth–stop by and I’ll match you up with a good book!

Originally from London ON, I’ve lived all over this great country and love meeting new readers. I’ve worked in film, television, and theatre including backstage at the Stratford Festival, running my own screenwriting series, and performing at Fringes. I’ve also done a million odd jobs before turning to writing full time, from delivery driver to artists’ model to assistant parrot breeder. I’m also doing a new podcast called “Jen Frankel Reads Random S#it!” and co-host the Liquid Lunch talk show on

Come by the table and tell me your crazy story. You can take home a novel, or stock up on eBooks delivered right to your inbox for under $3 each. And don’t forget to ask me about the original Vegan Zombie, aka the Undead Redhead.

Follow me on Twitter @jenfrankel and Instagram @jenfrankelauthor or find out more online at

Burgher and the Woebegone at the Bookshelf

Burgher is a gnome, which is just another name for an ugly elf. He lives in a grey world, among slugs and mushrooms and he likes it that way. A black cloud follows him around like a curse. It must be the Apple Tree Man’s revenge for destroying the orchard, but Burgher had to destroy it. He couldn’t bear to go through another spring, with birds and bees and butterflies. When he finds a green toenail in his otherwise grey garden, Burgher knows that the Apple Tree Man is back, and his must come up with a plan to drive him off once more, before the trees burst into stinking bloom and the butterflies start their infuriating flutter-byes. This choose-your-own adventure is a gentle, funny look at how self-pity can turn the world grey. Help Burgher make the right decisions!

Kim Chatel is an author, fiber artist and photographer. She visits schools and libraries, bringing her art and books to students and inspiring them to create their own. Visit Kim at Chatel Village ( where you can find books recipes, movies, book reviews and crafts.

Hear Kim Chatel read from Burgher and the Woebegone at the Bookshelf at the Newmarket Farmer’s Market on June 25th, 2016 at 11:15am.

Meet your next favorite author at the Bookshelf!

Alyxandra Harvey – Historical Romance with a Paranormal Twist


Love Me, Love Me Not

By Alyxandra Harvey

Dating isn’t easy when you’re in the middle of a blood feud.

Anastasia Vila’s family can turn into swans, but just once she’d like them to turn into responsible adults.

After hundreds of years, they still cling to the blood feud with the Renard family. No one remembers how it started in the first place—but foxes and swans just don’t get along.

Vilas can only transform into their swan shape after they have fallen in love for the first time, but between balancing schoolwork, family obligations, and the escalating blood feud, Ana’s got no time for love. The only thing keeping her sane is her best friend, Pierce Kent.

But when Pierce kisses Ana, everything changes.

Is what Pierce feels for her real, or a byproduct of her magic? Can she risk everything for her best friend? And when the family feud spirals out of control, Ana must stop the fight before it takes away everything she loves.

Including, maybe…Pierce.


Meet Alyxandra Harvey at The Bookshelf in Newmarket, June 25th, 2016. Alexandra will be reading at 11:45am.

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Author Rob Brunet – Stinking Rich

Featured Author Rob Brunet @ The Bookshelf June 25.

stinking_richJoin us at The Bookshelf @ The Market at 10:30a.m. in The Reading Room to hear Rob speak, and meet one of Ontario’s rising authors –

Rob’s novel, Stinking Rich, is one of the top 6 debut novels of 2014. The novel takes place in the Kawartha region, north-east of Toronto. In his novel, Rob answers the question, “What could possibly go wrong when a backwoods biker group decides to hire high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana?” Apparently just about everything.

Stinking Rich is a solid first novel for Brunet, who is already working on two other books that bring us up-to-date on life in the Kawarthas and reintroduces some of the characters in this book.Rob Brunet

After numerous rejections, Rob found himself at a conference, seated beside Eric Campbell of Down & Out Books, one of the publishers he had sent his manuscript to. He introduced himself and admitted he couldn’t remember if that publisher had already said no to his books. By the end of their conversation, Rob had sold Eric on his book.

Rob is a member of Crime Writers of Canada as well as the Director for the Toronto and Southern Ontario Region. He is also a creative writing instructor at George Brown College and co-host of Noir at the Bar Toronto.

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.