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 was founded by, and continues to be organized 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 grossed over $1600 in sales, most of which the authors kept. In 2019, we’re making the Northern Ontario Book Fair even bigger and better!

Event Details

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

September 28-29, 2019 in Cobalt, ON

The theme of this year’s event will be The Next Generation. This year, we want to focus on raising up the next generation of writers and readers. The event will feature many books for kids aged teen and under, and well as readings/workshops aimed at a younger audience. But don’t worry parents and guardians: we will still have plenty of options for you, too! We chose Cobalt, Ontario as the site of this year’s fair because they have a strong literary history, particularly in children’s literature, as part of the historic Tri-Town (Cobalt, Haileybury, and New Liskeard). 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. The Northern Ontario Book Fair will feature authors from all over Northern Ontario, not just authors from Tri-Town. Each author will have their own booth to showcase their work,* and will be able to meet with fans, sign books, take photos, and talk about their current and upcoming projects. There will also be additional free events for both authors and readers to enjoy, including literary readings, workshops, pitch sessions, and more.* 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. *Some plans are contingent on funding. The Silverleaf Writers Guild reserves the right to change the format of the event at any time based on funding availability.

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

Registration for the Northern Ontario Book Fair will be open until June 30, 2019, or until we have reached capacity. We reserve the right to close the registration window at any time. When you have completed filling out and submitting the form below, please proceed to the payment screen. Registration is $40 per author for a single booth.

Click here to pay for your registration after you complete and submit the form below.


Accommodations

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.

FREE ACCOMMODATIONS

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 will be available to guild members first, and then to non-members, on a first come, first serve basis. Ideally, we’d like to take full advantage of these free spaces by having authors bunk together in the queen and double beds. If you have an author friend you’d feel comfortable sharing a bed with, please let us know when you fill out the form below. Billets We are working to secure billets to house additional authors in Cobalt. Those who sign up for Prospector’s House but don’t get in will be presented with the billet options first.

DISCOUNTED ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

OTHER PAID ACCOMMODATIONS

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.