Gearing Up for Another Great Event!

The Bookshelf 2017 is Closer than you Think ūüôā

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 ūüėÄ Check out the slideshow below for some highlights.

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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).

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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.

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

Isobel Warren in the Reading Room

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIsobel Warren is one of our local indie talents who will be reading at The Bookshelf on Saturday, June 25 at 10:45 am.

I first met Isobel after I found her creative writing class listed in the Month Ahead. Her gentle but firm encouragement helped me recover my writing voice and I am forever grateful for her fierce commitment to the written word and what it stands for in each individual.
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Isobel was a journalism student at Ryerson who wanted to write about music, but was discouraged to do so by the all-male faculty because there were no female music critics. Although she regrets this decision, she gets¬†her classical music “fix”¬†from¬†her soon-to-be¬†59 years of marriage to Milan, a life-long¬†musician who is principal percussionist with the Markham Concert Band, as well as their¬†Juno-nominated,¬†violin-wielding (among myriad¬†instruments), vocalist¬†daughter, Annabelle¬†Chvostek.
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Isobel came to travel writing at mid-life while serving as editor to CARP news. Having¬†visited upwards of 60 countries (“I’m never sure whether¬†some of those South Seas islands are countries or merely volcanic eruptions of unknown ownership”), she now¬†only travels¬†to carefully chosen, familiar¬†destinations although she¬†hasn’t¬†lost her¬†sense of adventure, with Canada’s far north high on her wish list.
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Isobel entered the¬†teaching profession three decades ago¬†after being begged to fill in for a friend. She was delightedly surprised to find she both loved and excelled at it. She has¬†taught at the¬†University of Toronto,¬†Seneca College,¬†Humber College and the¬†University¬†of Guelph prior to her Newmarket Public Library classes.¬†Many of her¬†students are now published writers but that’s not her purpose;¬†so many more are simply enjoying the therapeutic benefits of writing.¬†“Being published should not be the goal,” she adamantly insists.
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Co-owner and operator of Cedar Cave Books, she is the author of five books: two novels and three travel guides, and editor/publisher of WORDPLAY. Isobel currently has two books under wraps, too early to share any tidbits as of yet. She will be reading an excerpt from her latest novel, In Them Days.
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