No one likes to think about unwanted books. We’re focused on earlier phases: Making them. Writing them. Choosing them. Selling them. With all of that in our minds and hearts, dead books is the last thing on our minds. It has to be. But all of life is a cycle and, as it turns out, that’s just as true for books as it is for everything else.
When Dalhousie University in Halifax found itself with 50,000-plus unwanted volumes costing them over $12,000 per year to store, for a while it seemed like an impossible task to get rid of them. Enter David Cameron, a builder from Lunenberg county in Nova Scotia who has found uses for old books that range from building to art.
The Coast looks at Cameron’s innovative solutions to a new and challenging problem here.