Finding the laughter in everyday stories is one of Arthur Black's talents, as the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour winner proves in Black to the Grindstone, a hilarious collection of folksy yarns that was longlisted for the Victoria Butler book Prize in 2007. The Saltspring Island resident's compelling tales truly come to life in a rich narration from award-winning audiobook narrator Pete Larkin. Raccoons, whales, mushroom-identification classes, and palling around with man's best friend - this former CBC Radio host's tales often boast a distinctly Canadian flavor, but their salt-of-the-earth good humor make them relatable to listeners from around the globe.
Longlisted for the 2007 Victoria Butler Book Prize
Arthur Black - best-selling author, three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, beloved radio personality, and newspaper columnist - proves in his latest sidesplitting collection of tales, Black to the Grindstone, that, without a doubt, you not only get better but funnier with age.
Demonstrating once again why he is one of Canada's most loved jokesters, Black masterfully captures the laughter that often bursts out of the seams of everyday life. From an unexpected drag race to a Google search for a picture of the illusive "Arthur the Meek", you just never know when a regular day is going to turn into comedic genius. Black provides uproarious insight into uses a matador might have for a teacup, mango, or simply some paper towel, the lengths one might go to defend the aural mishearing we've believed in for far too long, and the bitter deception felt upon discovering that the hootenanny's bathroom really isn't "on the right" after all. But be warned - adding these stories to your day-to-day listening may also double as a daily abdominal workout.