As might be expected, there is much talk around our dinner table (and in the car, at work, at Starkey's Hill, on the squash court...) about the significance of words, stories and books in all of our lives.
As an independent bookstore, it cannot be underestimated how often we ponder new, creative ways to express our passion for language and literature. Out of countless ruminations and conversations with nearly everyone we know, we determined that an ode to books was in order, with video as our chosen medium.
New to this art form, but curious and eager to get started, we met with members of Ward One Studios to hatch a plan. Special thank to founders Blair Cameron and Sandy Clipsham!
We already knew what we didn't want - no heavy handed "these are the days of our lives" car commercial schmaltz for us, thank you. But how best to create something more universal, more inclusive?
When I considered how reading opens doors and creates paths, how it provides a gateway, the word that occurred to me first was "portal." With this concept in mind, I sought out the literary passages that would form the backbone of our video. As examples of the various ways that books engage, inform and shape us we ultimately chose works by Kyo Maclear, Markus Zusak, Michael Ondaatje, Julian Barnes and Italo Calvino.
The general structure in place, we needed only the right individuals to bring these authors' words to life. Each person that we approached about the project said yes immediately. We are very grateful for the contributions of Chris and Felix Miller, Sequoia Kim, Carol Tyler, Brian Ostrow, Truth Is..., John Leacock and musician Tobin James Stewart for lending us their time and talent.
Also of honourable mention are those who shared their spaces (and owl) with us: Miijidaa Restaurant & Bistro, Ignatius Farm and Mountsberg Conservation Area.
We hope that this video conveys something of our intention, that you see something of yourself in it, maybe something unexpected and undiscovered. You know - something like the books that inspire us all.