A work of fiction is an act of creative invention derived from the author’s imagination, and this is where it can get really fun! It is made up, but is also is not. Wait, so I guess I should have also added that this is where it can get not only fun, but adventurous, a bit crazy, a little strange, kind of out-of-this-world but also very much in reality. Maybe? I don’t know. I guess you’ll just have to read it to believe it; or feel it; or relish in it.
It is like coming up with a fantastical story line, letting it play out, and making sure it makes sense… and not just the sense of chronological order or something similar, I’m talking about, “could this actually happen?”
Creative fiction sees the world of fantasy, dips its toes in the water, follows the factual guidelines of non-fiction, and then creates its own original and unique story of wonderment.
General fiction kind of touches on all genres whereas one story can shadow just a little bit of everything. It is all about crafting a story that is in its simplest form, entertaining, giving its readers moments from happiness to sadness to presenting that WOW factor!
At this year’s Bookshelf event, this category is honoured with the presence of:
- Elise Abram, Fiction
- Mark Koning, Fiction
- Moe Vyas, Fiction
- Wendel Messer, Multi-Genre
- Cameron Currie, Fiction
- Willie Handler, Political Satire
- Sheila Horne, Fiction
- Holli Irvine, Fiction
We would also like to thank some of our generous sponsors:
The Bookshelf is an all genre reader’s event which focuses on showcasing new authors and reading-related vendors. One of our newest author/vendors for 2017 is Willie Handler.
WILLIE HANDLER grew up in Toronto and did his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto. He also has graduate degrees from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He spent over thirty years in various positions in the Ontario public service, before leaving in 2011. He currently lives in Thornhill with his wife and blogs at www.williehandler.com. Follow @WillieHandler on Twitter. Willie is looking forward to participating in The Bookshelf 2017.
THE ROAD AHEAD is a political satire and Willie’s first novel. The story is about Rick Tompkins, a suburban Toronto insurance broker, who never considered a career in politics until a good friend, who happens to be the leader of the Conservative party, asks him to run for office. He accepts the offer, with the understanding that he would probably not win, but can use the opportunity to gain some visibility for himself and his business. Jerry Switzer, a veteran party worker, is sent in to guide Rick through a campaign in a riding that hasn’t elected a Conservative in years.
Rick fumbles his way through the election campaign and manages a surprise win but at the expense of saddling his party with an impossible commitment. What makes matters worse, Rick is anything but politically correct. He offends everyone in his path and stumbles from one political scandal to another.
Join us at The Bookshelf on Saturday May 13, 2017 from 9am – 2pm and meet your next favourite author!