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Collected by Dan Yashinsky

Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1990. 265pp, cloth, $29.95
ISBN 0-7735-0786-8. CIP

Grades 11 and up/Ages 16 and up
Reviewed by Joan McGrath.

Volume 19 Number 1
1991 January

Here's riches! Short of sharing the company of this inspired group of story­tellers, it would be difficult to imagine a more delightful vicarious experience than that of sharing their favourite stories at a remove - in this wonderful collection.

Here are the pickings - well, some of the pickings - of "one thousand and one Friday nights of story telling," a Toronto tradition begun by Dan Yashinsky in 1978, and going strong today. This collection of nearly fifty tales, long, short and very short, comes from across Canada - the Maritimes, Quebec and the Prairies - and from around the globe -Trinidad, China, Italy, Poland, Tanzania and Salem Village.

Some of the tellers are household names, whether as authors in print (e.g., Celia Lottridge, Robert Munsch) or as story-tellers of renown like Alice Kane, Toronto's "master" of the art, Lenore Keeshig-Tobias, Michael Wex and Dan Yashinsky, to name but a few.

These stories are meant for the telling, but if that art is not one to which the reader aspires, they can most certainly provide a joyful, nostalgic, chilling or romantic interlude, to be read and read again. Each story is followed by a brief personal comment by the teller.

This is a work of rare and variegated charm, with something in it for every­one, whatever his or her taste. To enjoy, but better still, to share.

Joan McGrath, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, Ont.
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