A Bookish Guiness World Record Attempt

A couple of years ago, my husband and I were at a local bookstore and we met a young Canadian author who was selling his self-published novel.  We spoke to him for a little bit, were very impressed by him, and bought his book.  You can read my review of Struggles of a Dreamer by Yahaya Baruwa here.

Then last month, we were watching a local news program and there was Yahaya on our screens!  Not only has he been working hard at selling his novel and preparing to release his second, he has taken on a very large goal.  He is attempting to break a long standing Guiness World Record by printing his book as the World’s Largest Novel.

8 feet, 5 inches in height and 5 feet, 5 inches in length, this book will contain approximately 200 pages and have a full colour hard cover.  It will be mostly constructed by hand and will be fortified with aluminum, synthetic (tear resistant) paper, and sewn together with nylon stitching.

Want to learn more about this project and the author?  Check out Yahaya’s 2014 interview on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and his 2015 interview with Marivel Taruc on CBC’s Our Toronto.

Yahaya recently debuted his project on Kickstarter and you can contribute here.

Want a copy of the book? Check out Yahaya’s website.

I look forward to seeing the results of this project!


  1. this is the coolest thing ever!!!! Who would want the large novel in their own home right?

    1. Right? Now this is the kind of art I would have in my home.


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