What to Expect

Who Doesn’t Love a Giant Book Fair?


That’s what The Bookshelf is — a fantastic way for readers of all ages to connect with local Canadian authors of all genres and age ranges.

Every year at The Bookshelf we showcase 50+ authors, writing organizations, small publishers, and reading-related artesians.


You don’t have pay to get in and there’s always a ton of free stuff to look forward to:

Author Readings – Hang out in our MarketPlace Lounge (the stage area of the Market), have a snack, eat your lunch, and listen to authors of all genres read excerpts from their books

Bookshelf Bucks – Get a $5 gift card to spend at any participating book vendor in the fair

Kids Zone – Bring your children and make a free craft or play Plinko for prizes

Scavenger Hunt – All ages are encouraged to fill their Book Genre Card with stickers, signatures, and stamps and then enter (for free!) to win an amazing prize

Spot Prizes – Every 20 min someone will be randomly chosen to win a free book

Meet Famous Characters – We always invite a few well-known cosplayers and actors to dress up and hang out with us for free selfie-photo-ops (In previous years we’ve had Elsa of York Region, Chase from PAW Patrol, Marky Monday, & even Wonder Woman!)

We even have a dollar fundraiser for items donated by our sponsors. All money raised goes into supporting the next Bookshelf event.

Come Meet Your Next Favourite Author

Lion’s Community Centre in Newmarket 8:30am -1:30pm, date to be announced