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Watch The Joy of Books—Animation

This video from a few years ago captured our hearts again this week. We had to share it.

Over many sleepless nights, designer Sean Ohlenkamp and his wife skillfully moved, stacked and rearranged titles from the shelves of Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West), transforming the shop’s contents into a stunning stop-motion animation celebrating the joy of books.

There is something to be said about the gift of finding a book that resonates emotionally and that opens up new worlds of imagination for the reader. More independent bookstores are closing each year. Public and school libraries continue to face shrinking budgets. And as markets tighten in the publishing industry, fewer houses are in a position to carve out spaces for writers (and readers) to take risks. Today, it seems more vital than ever to cherish the gathering places we still have in our communities for connecting with great books and storytellers.

The excitement generated through live, on-stage presentations of the literary arts at Wordfest helps introduce the art of storytelling and quality books to audiences in Calgary and Southern Alberta.

Wordfest is a charitable not-for-profit arts organization committed to promoting a culture of reading. For over 19 years, Wordfest has been bringing readers and writers together to share the power of story, and from October 13 to 18, 2015, it will usher in its 20th anniversary Festival featuring over 75 writers at more than 60 events. We have an exciting season ahead and lots to share in the coming months.

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