About the Book...
Stories, Tall Tales, and Truths of Newfoundland and Labrador
In this diverse collection of stories, Hubert Furey transports the reader back in time to an outport culture in which he lived and which has long since disappeared. It was a time when the “slapper” was deemed to be an indispensable aid to success in the classroom, when homemade moonshine was part of any festive celebration, when fairies abounded in the woods waiting to lead the unwary astray, and when friends sat around the table and didn’t mind having a good argument, even if the subject was as mundane as chuckley pears.
Hubert writes about the inspirational lives of the local folks he met through his early teaching career in communities around the province, as well as the traditional ways of celebrating, grieving, and gathering in this unique culture. While the people in these stories are fictional, the lives are not. From hunting to courting, cooking to preaching, As the Old Folks Would Say captures Newfoundland’s exceptional heritage and the spirit of life on the island.
About the Author...
It started with a comical tale about raisin bread, baked in an outport kitchen without raisins. Today, Hubert Furey has been more surprised than anyone by what has followed for him. The outpouring of interest for his recitations about rural life in yesteryear Newfoundland and Labrador led to a full-length recording of stories. Concerts, live theatre performances, television and radio appearances promoting recitations, and the resurgence of the art form have been a delight for this former district superintendent of education and lifetime Harbour Main resident. Hubert and his wife, Eleanor, have five children and six grandchildren. As the Old Folks Would Say is his first book.
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SABS Note of Noteworthiness
Please join Flanker Press for the official launch of "As the Old Folks Would Say" by Hubert Furey on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 pm at the Elks Lodge (Carpasian Road, St. John’s).
Please note that this is a 19+ event. The book will be available for purchase. The author will read at the beginning of the event and then sign copies. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar.
For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709-739-4477 ext. 24 (toll-free at 1-866-739-4420 ext. 24).
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