Get ready for a year of Telling Tales

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E -

Get ready for a year of sto­ry­telling and read­ing with a unique Cana­dian flavour.

The Telling Tales fes­ti­val — a year-long cam­paign ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing lit­er­acy and in­spir­ing a love of read­ing — of­fi­cially kicked off this week.

Named one of On­tario’s top 100 fes­ti­vals and events ev­ery year since 2012, the fes­ti­val presents and pro­motes Cana­dian chil­dren’s au­thors, il­lus­tra­tors, sto­ry­tellers and musicians.

This year’s theme, “Sto­ries Take You Any­where,” puts spe­cial fo­cus on Canada’s 150th birth­day with a read­ing list full of ti­tles by Cana­dian au­thors and a new il­lus­tra­tion by Dun­das artist Derek Dou­glas.

The mar­quee event, the free one-day fes­ti­val at West­field Her­itage Vil­lage, is be­ing held this year on Sun­day, Sept. 17.

While Telling Tales works to fos­ter a love of read­ing, it also raises much-needed funds for com­mu­nity-based lit­er­acy projects.

Since 2009, over $109,000 has been raised to sup­port ini­tia­tives such as the “Read to Your Baby” pro­gram and the Ro­tary Sum­mer Lit­er­acy Pro­gram.

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