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Book Fair local and area self-published authors.

A free event hosted by the Perth Farmers Market

Book Fair local and area self-published authors.

A free event hosted by the Perth Farmers Market
crystal Palace
perth Ontario

Join us in celebrating some of Perth area’s talented writers! Check out a variety of genres and enjoy a great opportunity to chat with the authors about their latest titles. 


Authors include:

Gene Bassett, author of:

  •   Tall Tales, chronicles from Gene’s own life experiences and those of friends - common lives lived unconventionally.
  •   Stolen Moments, another collection of compelling, thought-provoking oral histories.


Gene Bassett lives in the Perth area, and describes his books as “fables of the land, the people, and the animals that surround and inspire [me]. Hopefully, these vignettes will give the reader time to pause and give reflection to the humour and serendipity that keeps us in-tune with life - in all its ups and downs.”



Allison Graham & Cathy Rivoire, author/illustrator of Caterpillar Soup, in which the theme of 'helping others' is time-honoured and universal.


Illustrator Cathy Rivoire specialized in the field of art and drama with the Upper Canada District School Board. Recently retired, she is now living a life-long dream as a children's book illustrator. She has a new line of personalized story books - one of a kind publications for children and their families. Cathy lives in Lombardy, Ontario.


Author Allison Graham graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California with an Associate of Arts Degree. Since her return to Canada, she has worked as an actor in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. Allison has co-written a number of situation comedies and a screenplay. This is her first book for children. Cathy lives just outside of Perth.



Joelle Hubner-Mclean, author of Corvus and Me, the story of a little girl who overcomes loneliness and the bullying of others due to post-war issues. Janine finds peace and harmony in the great outdoors, and learns that she is worthy and significant to a world outside of her own. 


Joelle Hubner-Mclean writes for a local newspaper, Coaststar, in St. Augustine, Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland and Ottawa, and is the author for the website, . She is assistant head of Special Education and a current teacher of Special Education and Resourcing in the Secondary level. The Women’s Status of Canada also recognized her in 2002.



Shirley Mackenzie, author and illustrator of Orphan Sage, a collection of eighteen paintings matched to prose and poetry. 


Shirley Mackenzie is an artist and author whose book tells her story of being an orphan, adoption, and birth family search, and all that is experienced through this process of discovery. Says Shirley, “The subject of adoption, and family secrets is a very tender area in our social psyche, and speaks to all of us in some way. I wanted my story to expose the bare truth, alarm you with its integrity, and dazzle you with its ability to heal.”



John McKenty, author of:

  •   Square Deal Garage: Sixty Years of Service to the Motoring Public (2000) - a history of the early days of the automobile in Perth 
  •   Follow the Crowd: The James Boys of Perth (2008) - the story of George and Lawrence James and their various business enterprises 
  •   Arden Blackburn’s Mail Route: The Early Days at Christie Lake (2012) - a history of the early community that settled on the north shore of Christie Lake


John McKenty was born in Peterborough, Ontario in 1948, and now lives in Perth. A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario, John likes to collect old things, including bits and pieces of what he calls “little history” - glimpses of the past as found in the everyday lives of ordinary people. In October 2014, John will release St. Crispin's Legacy: Shoemaking in Perth, Ontario 1834 - 2004.



Anne Raina, author of:  

  •   Clara's Rib, the true story of Clara Raina Flannigan. Clara was an inveterate diarist and, from the time she entered the Royal Ottawa Sanatorium for tuberculosis patients at twelve years of age, until her final discharge when she was twenty-six, she gives a riveting description of growing up in the San. 
  •   The Black Lake Chronicles volumes 1-4 are short stories published by eight authors called The Ottawa Story Spinners, who hold their writing retreats at Anne's cottage on Loonie Lane at Black Lake, near Perth. 


Anne Raina has been writing poetry, skits and short stories since she was a child and she has two children's books in the works.  Ann has received the highest recognition from the medical field for Clara’s Rib, including the 2014 Canadian Lung Association's Heather Crowe Award, given to honor an individual or group who is actively involved in the promotion of lung health and the prevention of lung disease. 



Ron Shaw, author of:

  •   Tales of the Hare, the biography of Francis Tito LeLievre (1775-1830)
  •   Black Light, a collection of short stories fascinating and dark, featuring resonant characters and bittersweet stories.
  •   Forgotten Hero, the biography of Alexander Fraser (1789-1872). (Co-authored with M.E. Irene Spence)


Ron Shaw, a native of Perth, studied journalism at Algonquin College, Ottawa, and worked for newspapers, radio and television in northern and western Ontario for a decade before a 35 year career with non-governmental organizations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 


Claudia Smith, author of By Word of Mouth, the newest addition to a long list of books written by Ms. Smith. This is an anthology of her work written for the Lanark Era over the last 23 years.


Claudia Smith retired is a retired primary school teacher and resident of the Lanark Highlands who has been busy recording the living memories of the county through stories of older residents. 



M.E. Irene Spence, author of Forgotten Hero, the biography of Alexander Fraser (1789-1872). (Co-authored with Ron Shaw).


M.E. Irene Spence, born in Dalhousie Township, Lanark County, graduated from Perth Collegiate, and worked for the Bell Telephone Company. Later she and her husband and five children established and built a thriving dairy farm in Drummond Township. Always fascinated by local history and by genealogy, she researched and documented the property that she had lived on for many years. From that work emerged Forgotten Hero, the biography of Alexander Fraser (1789-1872), co-authored with Ron Shaw.



Arlene Stafford-Wilson, author of:

  • Recipes & Recollections: Treats and Tales from our Mother’s Kitchen
  • Lanark County Kid: My Travels up and down the Third Line
  • Lanark County Chronicle: Double Back to the Third Line
  • Lanark County Calendar: Four Seasons on the Third


Arlene Stafford-Wilson was born in Perth and grew up on a small farm in Bathurst Township, Lanark County. Former Newsletter Editor and long-time member of the Lanark County Genealogical Society, she continues to research and write about local history and has authored articles for both Canadian and Irish Genealogical publications. 



Mick Wicklum - (a.k.a., M.T. Whonjsnot), author of:

  • Grand Popo and Kanaga: The Rampant Idiocy
  • Wicklum's Law and Other Tips on How to Survive in Africa


Mick Wicklum has served as an international election observer in Ukraine and Palestine and as a UN worker. He once dropped into Libya during their civil war, just to say hello to the rebels, as it were, and had conversations with a former Peshmerga fighter in Kurdistan. Also, rock star Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam wears Wicklum’s keffiyah scarf. His upcoming release in 2015 is a rural rom-com.


Tickets are available in person at:

The Book Nook
60 Gore Street East
Perth, ON
613 267-2350

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