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A Great Big Thank You!

The Bookshelf would like to offer a HUGE thank you to all of you (vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and patrons) who stopped by our event on Saturday May 13th 🙂 We had over 300 people through the doors and a ton of fun to boot!
We had a fantastic time getting to know you, visiting with Elsa of York Region, Chase from PAW Patrol, Kids’ singer Marky Monday, and even the York Region Police! And without Karin’s Cafe helping run The Cafe at the End of the Universe, the day would not have been the same.
We couldn’t have made this event happen without the continued support of the Writers’ Community of York Region and all our behind-the-scenes planners.


If you are interested in helping organize the 2018 event, please email MJ Moores at by June 9th, 2017.

We do most of our planning online and meet generally once every other month starting in October. We are looking for volunteers to help with the following positions:
  • Sponsorship Coordinator (we have a pre-existing list to be followed up on)
  • Vendor Coordinator (we have a pre-existing list to be followed up on)
  • Volunteer Coordinator (for the event day – we have a pre-existing list & resources for reaching out)
  • Readings Coordinator (to organize the random draw of readers from the early-bird vendor registrations)
  • Social Media Coordinator (to ensure our sponsors and vendors are recognized and to brighten up our feeds)
  • Graphic Designer (to tweak pre-existing posters/postcards/social media banners/flyers)
We are having a “post-mortem” meeting June 11th to discuss how this year went and how to integrate the suggestions we’ve received for next year. You do not need to attend this meeting, but if you are interested in helping out, it would be a bonus for us to know.
Thanks Again! and See You Next Year 😀


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The Volunteers at THE BOOKSHELF can’t thank our sponsors enough for all of their wonderful contributions. Without them, it would be nearly impossible to run this Reading & Book Event so that our local authors can interact with the community 🙂


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If you or someone you know would like to support this “love of reading” event, please check us out on our website.

All the Best,

The Bookshelf Team

Come Meet Your Next Favourite Author

Writers’ Community of York Region     Town of Newmarket       Newmarket Farmers Market  

           I C Publishing           Studio Comix Press           Galaxy Teas

Meet Mystery Author Cynthia St-Pierre

Newmarket mystery author Cynthia St-Pierre is looking forward to meeting readers from across the GTA and beyond at The Bookshelf 2017 on Saturday May 13th from 9am-2pm.

A member of Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, and Short Mystery Fiction Society, Cynthia’s recipes and short stories appear in magazines and collections, including Harmoni, Feastie, Finding Vegan, Over My Dead Body!, Mystery Weekly and Flash Bang Mysteries. Awarded for fiction, she has also been a writing contest judge.

Best of all for a mystery writer, Cynthia has received a York Regional Police Citizens Awareness Program certificate, presented and signed by Julian Fantino, former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Cynthia grows fruit and vegetables in her backyard, speaks English-accented French with her husband, Yves, and writes mystery novels with her friend Melodie Campbell. Come to The Bookshelf to pick up A Purse to Die For and A Killer Necklace!

Connect with Cynthia online:


Author Central

Crime Writers of Canada

Gearing Up for Another Great Event!

The Bookshelf 2017 is Closer than you Think 🙂

The 2016 event saw more than 350 guests walk through our doors…

With over 50 Authors and Reading-related Vendors at the launch of the WCYR’s Bookshelf, we couldn’t be happier 😀 Check out the slideshow below for some highlights.



For the 2017 Event we are carefully looking at the invaluable feedback received from guests and vendors alike. We are currently in conversation with the Farmers Market about expanding our presence in the marketplace on the day of the event, and opening up our Author Readings to early registrants as we work toward a new structure for presentation (more info to come in early winter).


We look forward to having a wider variety of reading-related vendors present and broadening options at our Literary Cafe, as well as having multiple spot prize giveaways, a revamped scavenger hunt, and dollar-draws.


With fun for the whole family, we can’t wait to see you on Saturday May 13th, 2017.

Everybody Has a Story

I P Publishing - Quote

Somewhere deep inside there’s a storyteller in all of us and one of the best ways to celebrate the bard within is to share our stories.

Whether you love reading other people’s stories or enjoy sharing your own, The Bookshelf is the event for you. Not only will you have the opportunity to meet fantastic local authors, both Indie and Renowned, but you’ll have the opportunity to speak with people, just like you, who want to share their stories.

One of our key sponsors for this momentous event is Sheri Andrunyk, founder of I P Publishing. She and her authors were so excited about the prospect of celebrating local Canadian literature in York Region, that they worked together to donate over $500 in books for the Scavenger Hunt Prizes and Silent Auction.

I C Publishing is committed to quality content, meeting the author where they’re at, and providing the necessary support and services to bring their work to life—all the while keeping at the forefront the author’s unique voice and style of writing.

Although they do consider and evaluate every product on its own merit, I C Publishing serves primarily the nonfiction writer whose intent it is to…

share meaningful messages and teachings from their own personal or professional experiences. ~ Sheri Andrunyk

Their inspiring roster of titles so far include short story collections, business training, leadership and entrepreneurial mentoring, workplace culture (series), self-help, positive psychology and NLP, prose and art, health and wellness, children’s stories, and memoir.

We hope you will set aside some time to visit The Bookshelf @ the Newmarket Farmers Market on Sat. June 25th from 9am – 3pm to help celebrate all of the wonderful authors eager to share their stories.

The Bookshelf Team

The Bookshelf on ROGERS TV

Great news!

Yesterday The Bookshelf’s Event Coordinator MJ Moores was invited on Rogers “Daytime” TV with Jacquline Betterton.

She had a wonderful opportunity to speak about our free to attend Reading Room, the Feature Authors [Terry Fallis, Marissa Campbell, Rob Brunet, Alyxandra Harvey], and the fantastic help our fabulous sponsors have given to make Saturday June 25th a day to celebrate local & Canadian Authors and Reading for all ages.

We can’t thank IC Publishing enough for their stellar donations with over 15 books equalling more than $500; JAIKS Accounting and Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home for their Silver Level contributions; and our fantastic supporters at the Bronze Level. Without your help, this event would not be possible.

  ICP logo for embroidery butterfly filled        JAIKS Accounting Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home

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: