Dear beautiful Good Book Backers,
Thanks to all of you who have helped us rock another A Good Book Drive. It was an honour and pleasure to gather in great spirits with our community of book lovers last night at Nelson the Seagull, surrounded by sky high piles of books, we shared some hearty laughs, drinks, and memories a plenty. We can’t wait to deliver these stellar contributions to the folks at Frontier College in support of their Waiting Room Literacy Pilot Program.
To our faithful community supporters, we are so profoundly grateful for your generosity and sheer enthusiasm. For the love of great books, give yourselves a hand.
See you all again next year. Keep reading.
A Good Book Drive
P.s. If you’re interested in supporting literacy further, check out Frontier College’s wonderful mentorship program.
Todd Smith has been contributing to A Good Book Drive for eons and it’s our absolute pleasure to be posting this. Not only did Todd generously volunteer to make us our lovely video, but he’s even managed to spread the book love around. His girlfriend Anna asked that her pals give her the gift of book donations to the drive for her birthday this year.
To take things even further, Todd shared his insights in this TED-talk worthy interview, where he lets us in to his love of design and the books that will inspire a new generation of readers to stay profoundly curious: Go by Chip Kidd and What People Do All Day by Richard Scarry.
Joy Pecknold, Western editor of Fashion magazine, blog editor for Kiwi Collection, and freelancer all over the place, donated Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.
We can’t do justice to Joy’s wisdom, so you’ll have to listen for yourself. But, we will share a favourite part: “This book. In grade six our principal read it out loud to us, to the whole class, and I remember that being very cool. He would read us a chapter every Friday. He was someone in an authority position who loved books and he wanted to share that with us.”
Andy Dixon isn’t afraid to die. Don’t get him wrong, he’s not stoked on dying, but stories like Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland have helped him come to grips with the whole scary idea of death: “It really teaches you that life is some sort of absurdist, insolvable puzzle that we’re all kind of stuck and fumbling our way through … it was sort of the great equalizer, everyone can relate to the idea that life doesn’t many any sense. Everyone kind of wants to resist logic.”
Nothing illogical about that. For more of Andy Dixon’s musings on artistry, legacy, and mortality listen here.
Who doesn’t remember flipping through pop-up book Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill or giggling with glee over Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Men and Little Miss series; Little Miss Sunshine in particular?
Little Miss Lauren Ho, part of the crew of community supporters at The Juice Truck, donated these most memorable books from her childhood. “I think I just liked the girl, you know? You want to be the person in the book,” she said of Hargreave’s sunshine story, “She’s cute, she has pigtails, she has freckles. I have freckles!” Delightful. Hear more from Lauren here.
It’s hard to believe we are days away from our deadline for donations - November 30, 2013. If you are free this Saturday, November 30th please drop into our celebratory open house at Nelson the Seagull from 6pm - 10pm. Be the first to see the books donated this year, share a few sweet treats and enjoy good company before the holiday madness hits.
Other quick and easy ways you can help A Good Book Drive:
- Bring your book donation (if you haven’t already) to one of our Good Book Box locations, or bring to A Good Book Bash on Saturday night
- Spread the word online! Send a tweet or two (@agoodbookdrive), share a photo and story from our website, or repost a pic on Instagram.
- Tell the folks in your life, especially those who get deadline anxiety, that they can easily donate to A Good Book Drive online right here.
- Invite your pals to the party on Saturday.
Thanks from the bottom of our book loving hearts and spines for supporting A Good Book Drive for the second year in a row. Without your help getting out the word, and your kind donations, we wouldn’t be able to grow this project while supporting the important programming Frontier College runs for families in Vancouver and beyond. Thanks a million, billion (books that is!).
Yours between the covers,
The A Good Book Drive Team
*Photo courtesy of community supporters and Good Book Box hosts Dilly Dally. Look at how full that box is!
Artstarts gallery volunteer and mom of three Kori Tarry donated the most historically mentioned book on A Good Book Drive: Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever. “It explains and radiates the idea of unconditional love between a mother and a child. I found a connection there, no matter what you do your mother will always love you.”
Hear more about how Kori experienced the evolving familial love examined in this family classic.
Brett Beadle, co-owner of The Shop Vancouver (one of A Good Book Drive’s ardent community supporters), and son to voracious readers and English teacher parents, donated a memorable young adult classic that helped him graduate from “bunnies” to “bad ass”. Brett describes S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders as a formative reading experience that challenged him with more mature subject matter, the kind that “spins the wheels in a different direction.” Hear Brett elaborate on his story in his appropriately gruff biker voice here.
Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network and BBC Kids, donated the first ever book to be published by the network: Which Way Back? featuring the delightful adventures of Luna, Chip, & Inkie. Rudy hopes that this book, which possesses a “touch of innocence without guile” will be considered a “keeper” throughout the family.
Hear Rudy share his story and confess to a fear more than a few of us paranoid bookworms share: “I’m a voracious reader and I travel a lot and I never ever travel without a book that’s at least 200 pages long. I actually fear running out of something to read while I’m travelling. I will even carry extra weight just to make sure that doesn’t happen.”