Bookworm? Weave your way to West Wellington this weekend

For all the talk and hype about e-readers and audio books, there really is nothing that beats the tactile pleasures of a good, old-fashioned hard or soft cover.

Turning the pages, marking a favourite passage or an inspired bit of wordplay, dog-earring the corner to show where you’ve left off…

That’s the stuff book-lovers’ dreams are made of.

(If that’s you, you’re in pretty good company. Just look at this list of famed lit nuts. Also, the best and most successful CEOs are generally avid readers.)

Book lovers can descend on Ottawa’s West Wellington Village today and tomorrow for the always popular Elmdale Bookfest.

Think of it as a neighbourhood swap meet for passionate book enthusiasts.

It’s literally piles upon piles of (gently) used books that have been loved and are ready to be shared – often at deep discounts compared to what you would pay for new.

The sale runs 9am-4pm on Friday and 9am-3pm on Saturday.

And while you can often buy baked goods on site, you might also want to take the family for a sticky, sugary treat at BeaverMobile – a converted motor coach turned purveyor of BeaverTails – in the parking lot of the West Park Bowling.

Just make sure you wash your hands before you reach for that new book again…

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