Authors from all over Northern Ontario are selling their books at The Northern Ontario Book Fair this weekend in Roberta Bondar Park. This book fair, hosted by the Silver Leaf Writer’s Guild, is taking place as part of the Fringe Festival.
The Writer’s Guild was established in 2015. Originally the Timmins’ Writer’s Guild, they expanded to include more of Northern Ontario for writers in remote places who may not have the support systems available to thrive.
“We wanted to kind of reach out to those people,” explained Jessica Trudel, Regional District Director and Founder of the Silver Leaf Writer’s Guild. “And then we decided that we wanted to try and make it possible for authors from all over Northern Ontario to sell their books, because – a lot of them – they lack the skills to sell their books, or they don’t like to self-promote, or they just don’t have a distribution system in place.”
This is the second year the book fair has taken place, but the first time it’s been at the Fringe Festival.
“We partnered with Fringe this year to help us feed off of each other’s traffic and try to bring more of a multi-arts feel to the festival,” said Trudel.
The book fair features work from 30-40 authors from all over Northern Ontario, such as Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and various places in between.
“We have kids’ books, we have comic books, we have literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, memoirs, poetry books – a little bit of everything.”
Local author Jennifer Barone is one of this weekend’s featured authors. Her children’s book, Goose on a Roof, deals with the ever-growing issue of bullying.
Barone, who’s been writing for three years, said working with children inspired her to write children’s books.
“I like working with children and children just inspire me in many different ways and I feel like I get all my ideas from them,” she explained. “I feel like they just inspire me the most. And I work in a kindergarten classroom, so I’m around children all the time.”
Barone said she’s happy to have been chosen as one of the featured authors at the book fair.
“It’s a great feeling, actually, to have my name out there and just inspiring other people with the topic of bullying which is a really big issue in our community,” she said. “And just encouraging people to believe in themselves. I feel like I have inspired others to do that, so it’s really a great feeling.”
Books range from $5-$30 with all proceeds being split between the authors and the Guild. Payment methods include cash or e-transfer. The book fair runs from 10-6 Saturday and Sunday.