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

Favourite Quotes: Mark Pezzelato, Author


I C Publishing’s author Mark Pezzelato’s favourite quote:



Be sure to stop by The Bookshelf on Saturday May 13th Indoors @ the Newmarket Farmers Market, 200 Doug Duncan Drive anytime between 9am-2pm.

Author readings from 10am-1:30pm.

Come Meet Your Next Favourite Author 😉

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

Studio Comix @ The Bookshelf!

Meet NIGHT SPIKE’S Creator

Alfonso Espinos

@ THE BOOKSHELF on Saturday May 13th, 2017 from 9am-2pm

200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket

Stop by the Welcome Desk and receive a free comic book, participate in our free scavenger hunt draw, and potentially win a free prize just for checking out our giant book fair!

Come Meet Your Next Favourite Author

Meet Musician James Linderman @ The Bookshelf in May


James Linderman works at the jameslinderman music lesson studio in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He teaches guitar, piano, bass and music theory as well as contemporary songwriting and film composition, in studio, as well as over Skype to students all over the world.


Song Forms is a new workbook has just been published that offers 100 song form templates to create new songs from. The workbook includes all of the support material a songwriter will require to easily understand how to use these templates quickly and effectively. Instructional videos as well as Skype sessions are also available to get the most out of using this essential resource. 


Each template page offers an analysis of the song form to help make the best decisions in each section of the song and each template also includes an optional assignment to help make songwriting a more focused pursuit. You will never have writer’s block again and your songs will be more plentiful and better than ever. This workbook will make 2017 a transformational year for your songwriting craft and career.


To see some free sample pages from Song Forms for Songwriters and to get more information about this workbook please visit or contact


Come meet James at THE BOOKSHELF on Saturday May 13th from 9am – 2pm in Newmarket at the Farmers Market – 200 Doug Duncan Drive.

Meet Rod Urquhart @ The Bookshelf in May

THE BOOKSHELF – Saturday May 13th, 2017 at the Newmarket Lions Community Centre — 200 Doug Duncan Drive. 9am-2pm.

You can find Rod at the I C Publishing booth in the book room.

Come meet your next favourite author 😉

Meet Political Satire Author Willie Handler

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-media-blast-pic-author-picWILLIE 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 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 willie-handler-media-blast-pic-bookspolitics 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!

Vendor Registration is Now CLOSED

REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for May 2017


It’s official! All vendor tables for THE BOOKSHELF 2017 are fully registered. We would like to thank all those authors, artists, and literary/genre themed sellers who will be participating in a fun-filled day of fans, freebies, and finding new authors — we couldn’t do this without you.


Vendor registration for 2018 will open November 2017.


We hope that anyone who wanted to participate this year will still join us on May 13th to help celebrate Canadian literature and all things reading 🙂


In the weeks leading up to THE BOOKSHELF event, be sure to watch for participating vendor highlights on our social media threads.


Favourite Quotes: Jenna Stewart, Author/Illustrator


I C Publishing’s author Jenna Stewart’s favourite quote:



Be sure to stop by The Bookshelf on Saturday May 13th Indoors @ the Newmarket Farmers Market, 200 Doug Duncan Drive anytime between 9am-2pm.

Author readings from 10am-1:30pm.

Come Meet Your Next Favourite Author 😉

Magic and Mayhem with Jen Frankel @ THE BOOKSHELF