Staff Picks: 3 Fall Folk Books
The Fairies in Cape Breton
As Senior Producer of CBC’s Land and Sea, Mary Munson produced a documentary on fairy culture in Cape Breton. Her findings were so bountiful she could not leave it at one television special. Here is a rich, respectful and satisfying presentation of remarkable elements from this ever-surprising island.
Don’t Be Talkin’
Joan Sullivan, writing in The Telegram, called Harry Ingram’s Don’t Be Talkin’ “a nimble, lively update on a Newfoundland and Labrador oral tradition.” Reciting and telling stories is second nature for Ingram, dating back to childhood recitations at family functions and kitchen parties. Whimsical yarns of an elder-lady bartering economy, a North Pole labour dispute and more.
So You Think You Know Nova Scotia
Oickle has written more than 30 books on Nova Scotia—from folklore and superstition to tradition and history. In his fun and quirky fashion, he pulls hard-learned facts into a delightful tome to surprise and edutain. Everything about Canada’s ocean playground, including things you didn’t know you needed to know.