Sam's Place in Winnipeg (Jennifer Dijk)
I saw that the whole audience actually had their eyes closed and were just visualizing and relaxing to the story. That's our goal. When you combine tasty, thematic food with the peaceful experience of being read to you can re-enter that creative space that we had as a child.
—Justin Koop, Event Coordinator at Sam's Place
When Justin Koop was a kid, he spent his summers immersed in a book. These days, he is the event coordinator at Sam's Place, a used book store and café on Henderson Highway in Winnipeg.
Sam's Place was looking for a family friendly event to inspire people to get back into literature. Since they sell books and make food they decided to combine the two in a new way. "I really love the idea of being read to. Lots of people are getting into audiobooks these days, but nothing beats having someone actually read to you. It's something that we get as children, but we assume it has no more emotional or communicative power when we grow up," Koop explained.
So, Banquet of Books was born. Last week they featured their first reading - from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis for which they served Turkish Delight.
Koop reports that the event was received very warmly. "When I had a second to peek up from making sure things were running smoothly, I saw that the whole audience actually had their eyes closed and were just visualizing and relaxing to the story. That's our goal. When you combine tasty, thematic food with the peaceful experience of being read to you can re-enter that creative space that we had as a child."
On Wednesday August 1, Adam Strong will read from J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter. On the menu will be butter beer and Yorkshire Pudding. Entrance is free. Cost for the food is $5.00/person.
Here is the upcoming Banquet of Books schedule. Sam's Place is also open to ideas and suggestions for future events:
- August 1st: J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter (ALL AGES)
- August 9th: Redwall by Brian Jacques (ALL AGES)
- August 16th: J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (ALL AGES)
- August 23rd: Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games (ALL AGES)
- August 31st: George R.R. Martins' Game of Thrones (NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN)