The Next-Generation Independent Bookstore

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Kepler's Books has been operating in Menlo Park, California, since 1955. After the recent retirement of Clark Kepler, a group of people committed to the bookstore's place in the community came together to start the process of imagining what the future of Kepler's will look like. The vision, as discussed in this video, combines a nonprofit model that can offer literary events with a community-owned bookstore that will preserve the physical space.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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Nominated for an Oscar in the category of Short Film (Animated), this beautifully rendered story "of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor," by author and illustrator William Joyce and codirector Branden Oldenburg, uses miniatures, computer animation, and 2D animation that harkens back to silent films, making it appear old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

To Die By Your Side

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Olympia Le-Tan's embroidered clutch-bags spring to life in this amazing stop-motion film directed by Spike Jonze and Simon Cahn and animated by Sylvain Derosne and Léonard Cohen. Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side) has been a featured selection at film festivals around the world, including those in Athens, Paris, Belgium, Montreal, London, South Korea, and Buenos Aires. Watch the complete six-minute film on Vimeo.

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