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Books have always been more than just an information medium. For centuries they've often been art objects in their own right, crafted with care and coveted by connoisseurs. This Saturday, members of the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild will reveal the alchemy that can turn a mess of ink, glue and tree pulp into a beautiful fetish item for bibliophiles. Their demonstration runs from noon to 4 p.m. as part of the Bloc Party celebrating Sandpiper Books' first anniversary at their new 11th Avenue S.W. location. The day-long fete starts with free coffee in the morning and runs until Margaret Dickson's travel talk and slide show between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. At 1 p.m. there's storytelling by Donna Powers and a food talk by Calgary chef Dee Hobbsawn. At 2 p.m. Donna Balzer answers fall gardening queries, or you can talk about cultivating your prose with Sandpiper's Writer-in-Residence Darlene Quaife.
If you're looking for advice on a screenplay rather than a novel or story, there's a workshop on screenwriting this weekend. Calgary screenwriter Wendy Hill-Tout has won awards from the Yorkton film festival and the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association for her documentaries Shattered Dreams and No Place to Go. Her feature film The Perfect Man appeared at the Plaza a couple of years ago. Hill-Tout's company Voice Pictures is offering a workshop on September 26 from 7 to10 p.m. and September 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 283-9993.
PanCanadian WordFest is still looking for volunteers to help out at the Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival from October 16 to 19. This is your chance to get involved in the action, meet people who love literature and gain work experience. Call 294-7462 for more information.
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