A Good Book Drive: Russell Leng

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Vancouver-based artist Russell Leng has always had an active imagination. Growing up, this imagination was spurred on by the words of the prolific poet of silliness Shel Silverstein and one of our all time favourite books, A Light in the Attic. Russell aptly describes this book as “more of a guidebook or prompt for one’s own surreal mind scape to unfold.”

Typically, we ask our donors what memories their book donations inspire. Ever forward-looking, Russell takes us on a different path through time, “I would take it 50 years into the future, to remind myself that even an old man like me needs to be in tune with a sense of silliness and curiosity for life.”

Although Russell’s favourite books are typically “stories with pictures, stories about pictures, stories in pictures”, he nonetheless advises the next reader to “Read this book. Write a sequel.”

We hope they do.

A Good Book Drive is an annual book drive to bring stories to a new generation of readers, and support kids in need of new books. Running through the month of November, A Good Book Drive will be inspiring Vancouverites to purchase a new copy of their favorite kids’ book and deliver it to set locations throughout the city. At these drop off locations you can personalize your donation with a special bookplate, sharing the story of why that book is special to you. All books will be donated to this year’s book drive recipient, One to One: A Children’s Literacy Program. Share your favourite stories with A Good Book Drive onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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