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Arthur Black Events in Vancouver and Victoria


November 18, 2010

The first time Arthur Black attempted a reading in Vancouver this fall, he was fogged in on Salt Spring Island…it was one of the sunniest days of October. On November 25th—arriving by trusty boat, this time—Arthur will join readers at West Point Grey United Church to read from his latest collection of stories A Chip Off the Old Black. We invite you to join Arthur Black for a luncheon and reading from his new book A Chip Off the Old Black at West Point Grey United Church—4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver—on Thursday, November 25th at 11:00 am.

Arthur Black fans in Victoria will also get a chance to meet our favourite funny-man while he signs copies of A Chip Off the Old Black at Munro’s Books (1108 Government Street) on Saturday, November 27th at 3:00 pm.

Arthur Black’s voice is unmistakable on the radio and on the page. His is the voice of reason, with a generous helping of funny; the voice that scolds us for our universal human quirks, but who says it with the tone and words that make us laugh out loud at ourselves and our neighbours.

A Chip Off the Old Black, Black’s latest collection of stories, will knock a sense of humour into any reader, boasting nearly a hundred tales featuring everything from yarnbombing to Bambi, from Black’s love of the Farmer’s Almanac to his loathing of snowmobiles and his… problem… with David Suzuki. With a talent for ranting, minus the malice, Black sticks up for the chocolate-covered marshmallow confection of New Zealand—the politically-incorrect “Eskimo” candies. Those inclined to kvetching—a Yiddish word describing the tendency to complain persistently about everything—may just reconsider after reading A Chip Off the Old Black. After all, as Black demonstrates, it’s far more enjoyable to take the opportunity to laugh.

To register for this event, please call West Point Grey United Church at               604.224.4388       . For more info about Arthur’s book signing in Victoria, please call Munro’s at               250.382.2464       .

Arthur Black’s growing collection of award-winning books include Pitch Black, Black Tie and Tales (Stoddart Publishing) and Black in the Saddle Again, all of which won him the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He hosted CBC Radio One’s Basic Black program from 1983 until 2002, while also using his comedic talents to host Life Television Network’s Weird Homes and Weird Wheels. He recently released Black is the New Green, and the audio CD Planet Salt Spring. He lives on Salt Spring Island, BC.