Loved ones live in the pages of a book.
“Our grandfather was a legend,” says Andrew Hall, co-founder of Vancouver-based company No Story Lost. “He told the best stories.”
The family often talked about the need to start writing Grandpa’s stories, so one day Hall and his cousin Jeremy Bryant pulled out their laptops and typed while he talked. The couple turned what they wrote into a book of their life with photos that became “a nice treasure” for the family. It was also inadvertently the first of their No Story Lost books.
After their experience with their grandfather, Hall and Bryant knew they could do something amazing for families that would remove that lingering “we need to write this before we run out of time” feeling.
The two are no strangers to entrepreneurship as they also run Mealshare, a “buy one, give one” restaurant charity program. But this latest venture focuses on community and connection in a different form.
No Story Lost has produced approximately 70 eight-by-ten matte hardcover coffee table books that take interviews and pair them with photos to create a keepsake of family stories. About 80% is about the life of a parent or grandparent, but Hall says he had one that tells the story of the first two years of a child’s life that was gifted to a grandparent who couldn’t see the baby in person. because of covid.
One of their three writers conducts several interviews with a parent or family members, then translates it into a beautifully presented 50-250 page book of advice and memories complete with supporting family photos.
The books are not stylized or written by ghosts as a memory service. Instead, Hall says they “want people to open the book, read the words, and hear their parent’s voice in their head.”
Sure, they make sure everything is polished, readable, and spelled correctly, but at the end of the day, the book belongs to the family in every way. Right down to page colors that customers can select.
Depending on the type of book selected, up to six hours of interviewing can take place and the ideal storyteller is someone who can remember and communicate their story clearly over the phone. Married couples whose lives intertwine are also great voices for a book.
Recently, Hall and Bryant traveled to Toronto to appear on The dragon’s lair but Hall is tight-lipped on the results and says people will have to wait until their episode airs this fall to see if any of the Dragons have made an offer.
At a glance, the company is built on a sad premise: to capture the lives of our loved ones before they die or their memory fades. But for Bryant and Hall, it’s a gift they can appreciate firsthand. Their grandfather passed away not so long ago at the age of 91, but they will always have his words in a material way that can be passed down from generation to generation, ensuring his story will never be lost. .