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Story walks spice up Moose Jaw streets

Under the mural of the late poet and Saskatchewan Festival of Words founder Gary Hyland a group of Moose Javians converged Saturday.

The group was destined for a story walk along the storefronts of several businesses on South Hill. 

 by Robert J. Sawyer.

"You know it's a work of fiction because the first words in the story are, 'She shoots! she scores! For the first time in 67 years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup!'" quipped Joe Ralko, project co-ordinator for Reading Town Canada, which organized the story walk.

A work of fiction it may be, but Moose Javians are invited to follow the trail and read the story, the first page of which is posted on the window of TJ's Pizza.

It is one of three planned story walks in the city, and the first to receive a guided walk. The second guided walk will be taken through Crescent Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 9, while a third unguided walk is available heading north along Moose Jaw's Main Street North.

All three are just a sample of the activities planned as part of the ongoing Reading Town events, which run throughout this week.

According to James Roy, executive director of the National Reading Campaign — the organization that launched Reading Town Canada — the story walks are just one of the great examples of what his organization wanted to see unfold this week.

"These really embody the idea," said Roy. "We wanted to do something, but we wanted it to be fun and engaging. This was a great idea."

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Organizations: Reading Town Canada, Toronto Maple Leafs

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, South Hill, Saskatchewan Crescent Park

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