Tales for an Unknown City

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Aug 1, 1990 - Literary Collections - 265 pages
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Tales for an Unknown City is a vibrant selection of almost fifty stories from among the many told at One Thousand and One Friday Nights of Storytelling, a weekly open gathering in Toronto begun by Dan Yashinsky in 1978 and still going strong. There are tales from Canada and many other parts of the world; each followed by a brief word from the teller, giving us the flavour of the "Friday Nights."
 

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Contents

Prologue
3
The Hosts Tale
9
Tales of Hodja Nasrudin
12
A Death Is Indicated
23
Four Stories of Old Men Talking
25
A Lesson in Resuscitation
28
The Tale of Uncle Dan
29
Death and Baba Tsganka
32
The Hare and the Lioness
141
The Corpse Watchers
142
The Dun Horse
146
J Percy Cockatoo
156
Lord of the Deep
166
Makonde and Moyomiti
169
The Singular Sister
174
AschenpÖttel
177

Ukrainian Fish Stories
40
Nestled on the Edge
49
Gudruns Dreams from the Laxdaela Saga
53
Martha
56
Laura and the Lilies
68
Tales of Donald Lake
71
The Porcupine
78
The Gold Mine
83
The New Legend of Sam Peppard
91
Sugar Cane
100
Searching Out Moira
104
Andreuccio da Perugia
116
Tales from the Negro Leagues
123
The First Train and the First Bagel in Chelm
127
If Not Higher
132
Is It True?
138
Schlange Hausfreund Snake Housefriend
184
The Peasants Tale
196
A DuppyTale
199
The Tale of Crocker
203
Ownself
205
The Pipers Tale
212
Tarn Lin
217
The Story of Rose Latulippe
223
The Magic Cat
232
A Miracle on Friday
236
The Shivering Tree
243
Such a Land Does Not Exist
254
The Sphinx and the Way to Thebes
260
The Listeners Tale
263
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Dan Yashinsky has been a working storyteller for more than thirty years. He is the recipient of a Toronto Book Award for Tales for An Unknown City, and the author of The Storyteller at Fault. He founded the Toronto Festival of Storytelling, was one of the founders of the Storytellers School of Toronto and began the 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling in 1978, a weekly institution in Toronto that continues to this day. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Jane Jacobs Prize for making a valued contribution to Toronto's cultural life, and in 2007 won the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award.

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