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A wonderful story from my Orangeville gig

This past Sunday, I joined two other Leacock winners, Trevor Cole and Dan Needles, friends both, at Theatre Orangeville for an afternoon of laughs celebrating the legacy of Stephen Leacock. It was a wonderful afternoon before a soldout audience of nearly 300. At the book signing thereafter, a couple approached me and pulled out a photograph (below) of Norris “Cubby” Burke, age 93. He lives in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and served in the RCAF as a radio operator. He’s an avid follower of politics and public affairs. The couple with whom I spoke at the event are friends of Norris. Some time ago, they thought he’d enjoy my first novel, The Best Laid Plans and so they sent him a copy. It was so gratifying to learn that he loved the book so much, he carries it with him on his daily walks around the beautiful  village of Knowlton, where he lives. You can see it in the basket below.

But that’s not the whole story, lovely as it is so far. The kicker is that his late wife, Angeline Hango, won the third Leacock Medal for Humour back in 1949 for Truthfully Yours. I have a copy in my Leacock collection, and it is very funny. Apparently after this recognition, she never wrote again. It’s wonderful to have even a slight connection with the author of a Leacock Medal-winning book from more than 60 years ago.

3 responses to “A wonderful story from my Orangeville gig”

  1. Bud Hightower says:

    Wonderful connection. life is, indeed, a circle. All one needs is look.

    Regards, Bud and Eva

  2. Small world indeed – and now I’m going to see if I can find Truthfully Yours on Amazon. Those Leacock winners are always a good read 😉

  3. Emilio Cheuy says:

    It was indeed an honour for me and my daughter to be able to share the “Cubby” Burke story with you at the event in Orangeville.
    Although I now live south of the ‘True North Strong and Free…’ My heart is tethered to my ‘Home and Native Land…’
    Largely due to the stories told by creative writers who follow the traditions of Stephen L.
    Keep them coming !!!!!

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