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Smell & Tell: The Storytelling Secrets of Optimus Yarnspinner


Wednesday December 19, 2018: 6:30pm to 8:45pm


Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room


There are plenty of books that can teach you how to be a better writer. Many of them are found at local bookshops and at the Ann Arbor District Library. At Smell & Tell we prefer a unique approach to writing that is bound to change the way you think about storytelling. It begins with your nose, you know, the gateway to oxygen that keeps you ALIVE.

Sound peculiar? Don’t sit there perplexed, wrinkling your nose and getting your eyebrows in a twist. You can SMELL your way to being a better communicator with the help of Optimus Yarnspinner, writer extraordinaire. Never heard of him? Well, get out of the rock you’ve been living under and google author Walter Moers. If you haven’t read The City of Dreaming Books (or other books in the Zamonia series) and call yourself a book lover you need to remedy the situation immediately.

Smell & Tell consulted Dr. Andreas Keller of Rockefeller University for a proper translation of a German passage in Moer’s Ensel und Krete that contains Optimus Yarnspinner’s storytelling secrets. The powers of translation revealed that they’re aromatic materials hidden in an apothecary cabinet under Yarnspinner’s desk. Curious? Get SMELLMATIZED at this event and find out what Yarnspinner whiffs!  

This program is designed for writers, actors, singers, activists, professors, scientists, students, entrepreneurs, business folk— ANYONE who wants to get better at authentic self expression and storytelling.

The Smell and Tell series of art+science programming is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. Smell & Tell builds community through interactions with flavor, fragrance and storytelling. The unique and popular series celebrates its sixth anniversary year at the Ann Arbor District Library and is ongoing.

* Image credit to Walter Moers 

Optimus Yarnspinner by Walter Moes