Northern Ontario Book Fair

The Northern Ontario Book Fair is an annual event where traditionally and self-published authors throughout Northern Ontario come together to sell their books. The event is hosted by the Silverleaf Writers Guild. Click the buttons below to expand the sections you want to read.

History of the Northern Ontario Book Fair

The Northern Ontario Book Fair began in 2017 on a very small scale: just two tables of books by about a dozen Northern Ontario authors. It was held in Timmins, ON, where the Silverleaf Writers Guild is headquartered.

In 2018, we expanded our inventory and travelled to Sault Ste. Marie where we partnered with Fringe North and the Algoma Arts Council. We helped nearly 40 authors sell their books at that fair and featured 9 authors in person.

In 2019, we travelled to Cobalt, ON. We held our first trade show style event, where authors sold their books directly to the public. It was also our fist event with writing workshops.

Our 4th Annual Book Fair promises to be the biggest and best event ever!

2020 Event Details

The 4th Annual Northern Ontario Book Fair will be held:

August 8-9, 2020
Sudbury, ON

Authors will be able to register for a booth where they can sell their books directly to the public. The trade show will feature authors from all over Northern Ontario. Each author will have a booth to showcase their work, and will be able to meet with readers, sign books, take photos, and talk about their current and upcoming projects.

The event will be held outdoors in a high traffic location (the exact outdoor location has yet to be determined). Tents, tables and chairs will be provided. Registered authors are responsible for all other booth set up, decoration, and take down.

Additional details about the trade show will be released as the planning for this event unfolds.

Author Eligibility

Authors are eligible if:

  • they were born in or currently reside in Northern Ontario
  • they have at least one traditional or self-published book to sell
  • books can be any style or genre as long as they are in finished book form (including comic books, graphic novels, and photo books)


Accommodations are available at the Laurentian University dormitory for $50+HST per night per person. This rate includes parking. Rooms are private, though you may share an apartment with up to four other authors. If you would like to request that you share an apartment with a specific author, you may indicate so on the registration form. Download the accommodation application form and email it directly to Laurentian University at If you have any questions about these accommodations, you may contact Mackenzie at the above email address or call 705-675-1151 ext. 3068.

Accommodation Application Form (download PDF)


Registration for the 4th Annual Northern Ontario Book Fair being held in Sudbury, ON on August 8-9, 2020 is now open! Please fill out the form below then proceed to the payment screen. Your registration is not complete until we have received both a payment and a completed registration form.

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