Tales for an Unknown City

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1992 - Social Science - 280 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
A Death Is Indicated
23
The Tale of Uncle Dan
29
Ukrainian Fish Stories
40
Nestled on the Edge
49
Laura and the Lilies
68
The Porcupine
78
J Percy Cockatoo
156
Lord of the Deep
166
The Singular Sister
174
Schlange Hausfreund Snake Housefriend
184
ADuppyTale
199
The Pipers Tale
212
The Story of Rose Latulippe
223
A Miracle on Friday
236

The New Legend of Sam Peppard
91
Andreuccio da Perugia
116
The First Train and the First Bagel in Chelm
127
Is It True?
138
Such a Land Does Not Exist
254
The Listeners Tale
263
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Dan Yashinsky has been a working storyteller for almost 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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