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’re making the Northern Ontario Book Fair even bigger and better! With 12 authors on hand to sell their books in a trade show style setting, a consignment table of books by other Northern Ontario authors, and readings, talks, and workshops being held throughout the event, our third year promises to be the biggest Northern Ontario Book Fair yet!

About Cobalt

Cobalt, Ontario, as part of historic Tri-Town, has a long and strong literary history. Did you know that the first 21 books in the Hardy Boys series was written by an author from Haileybury? Charles Leslie McFarlane ghost wrote the books under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon (or F.W. Dixon). The Haileybury Heritage Museum features memorabilia belonging to McFarlane, including his old typewriter, and every year they hold the Ghost of the Hardy Boys short story writing competition for kids in grades 1 through 12. Cobalt is also the site of White Mountain Publications, which has been publishing and selling books by Northern Ontario authors for more than three decades. And last but certainly not least, Cobalt is the site of the annual Spring Pulse Poetry Festival.

Event and Author Details

The 3rd Annual Northern Ontario Book Fair will be held:

September 28-29, 2019
18 Silver Street
Cobalt, ON

The Northern Ontario Book Fair includes a trade show where attendees can meet with authors selling their books, browse the consignment table, and meet volunteers and members of the Silverleaf Writers Guild. The trade show hours are:

Saturday, September 28th – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 29th – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

Authors include:

  • Peter Best of Sudbury, author of There is No Difference (2018)
  • Michelle Contant of Elliot Lake, author of A Tremor Through Time: Recollections from a Northern Ontario Childhood
  • David G. Ferguson of Algoma Mills, author of three titles including White Gold (2018)
  • Laurie Gardiner of Cambridge (originally from New Liskeard), author of several titles including Tranquility (2015)
  • Danny Girard of Timmins, author of two titles including 55 Poetic Cues: Poetry, Metaphysics & Philosophy (2019)
  • J.W. Goodwin of New Liskeard, author of By the Light of a Darkened Forest (2016)
    Brit Griffin of Cobalt, author of four titles including The Wintermen I (2014) and II (2018)
  • Karin Mackenzie of Nipigon, author of Breakfast at Grandma’s (2018)
  • Erika Pankiw of Timmins, author of nine titles including the Rikka Shai: Behind the Music first (2015), second (2017, and third (2019) volumes
  • Gretchen Roedde of Haileybury (originally from Thunder Bay), author of two titles including A Doctor’s Quest, 2nd Ed (2019)
  • Victoria Wooldridge of Kirkland Lake, author of six titles including Leave the Lights On (2019)
  • Laura Young of Sudbury, author of two titles including Soulmates on Ice: From Hometown Glory to the Top of the Podium (2018)

The Northern Ontario Book Fair will also feature other special events like workshops, talks, and readings. See Schedule section below for details.

You can also check out episodes of Silver Spotlight where we’ve been interviewing these featured authors. Click here to listen in!

Schedule of Events

The trade show with featured authors and consignment table will be open to the public during the following hours:

Saturday, September 28th – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 29th – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Special events will take place over the course of the two-day event in a side room off the main trade show chamber. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, September 28th:

10:30 a.m. – Story time for kids
11:00 a.m. – Character Development Workshop with Veronique Ginglo-Robert
1:00 p.m. – Poetry presentation with Ann Margetsen, Cobalt’s poet laureate
2:30 p.m. – Story time for kids
3:00 p.m.
– Open mic readings
4:00 p.m. – Preparing to Write Workshop with Jessica Trudel

Sunday, September 29th:

10:00 a.m. – Creative writing challenge
10:30 a.m. – Open mic reading
11:00 a.m. – Book themed craft time
1:00 p.m. – Editing Workshop with Jessica Trudel
2:30 p.m. – Storytime for kids
3:00 p.m. – Door prizes

NOTE: This schedule is subject to change. Events may be added, removed or rescheduled as needed.

Our fair coincides with Culture Days, a national celebration of Canadian arts and culture. Culture Days is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2019. Those participating in the Northern Ontario Book Fair, both authors and readers, will be able to enjoy maybe local cultural events happening in Cobalt and nearby Temiskaming Shores (the name of New Liskeard and Haileybury post-amalgamation). Click here to visit the Culture Days website and see what other events are planned for 2019.

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)


Registration for the Northern Ontario Book Fair is now closed. You may still be able to participate in our consignment table. Email or call 705-262-3268 to find out.


The Silverleaf Writers Guild has worked hard to make arrangements to accommodate the authors attending the fair as well as visitors, however, space is limited. We recommend authors book their accommodations early to avoid last minute confusion. There will be no registration refunds.


Prospector’s House Thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Presidents’ Suites, we have a limited number of spots available for FREE in the Prospector’s House. These spots have filled up fast, but we may still be able to fit you in. Email or call 705-262-3268 to find out.


The Leisure Inn and the Haileybury Beach Motel have both agreed to provide discounted rates during the Northern Ontario Book Fair. The spaces are limited, so contact them to book your room as soon as possible. You don’t need a special code, just let them know you’re booking for the Northern Ontario Book Fair and the dates and they will look it up in their system.


President’s Suites has many beautiful, historical homes in the area. As they are a generous sponsor of the Northern Ontario Book Fair, we encourage authors who are looking for a little luxury and tranquility during their stay to reach out to Nicole at 705-622-0279.