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Twine Loft

Stories and Sayings from the Oral Tradition

Twine Loft

Flanker Press


19.95 CAD

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Twine Loft's sayings and stories date back as far as the 1950s, when the author was growing up in Tack’s Beach, Placentia Bay, in the days before resettlement. There, words spoken caught his ear, as have other colourful phrases since. Some stories highlight what life was like in them days and, also, what life became after relocation. All tellings are based upon recollections, as factual as human memory allows. The stories are vignettes of a lifetime spent amongst diverse authors and artists in Newfoundland, a place unique, where the oral tradition no longer holds sway but where storytellers linger.

"Rex Brown nimbly captures the nuance and complexities of the Newfoundland character with an enviable glee that booms out across the pages of this enchanting collection. But don’t be fooled by the inevitable belly laughs to come; Twine Loft is an exceptionally accomplished and essential offering.” — Joel Thomas Hynes, author of We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction

"Rex Brown’s Twine Loft is full of cadence, rhythm and voice, larger-than-life characters, lightning-quick humour, and glittering insights. Here is the exacting detail capable of conjuring the past with transparent clarity. Here is the sheer, undiluted pleasure of storytelling—audience and author drawn together in the same circle, bringing to life a time when ‘entertainment came free and from within.’ An elegant, elegiac love song to Newfoundland.” — Lisa Moore, author of Something for Everyone, Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

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Turning pages since 1994

Flanker Press is a bright spark in the Newfoundland and Labrador publishing scene. As the province’s most active publisher of trade books, the company now averages twenty new titles per year, with a heavy emphasis on regional non-fiction and historical fiction.

The mission of Flanker Press is to provide a quality publishing service to the local and regional writing community and to actively promote its authors and their books in Canada and abroad.

Now located in Paradise, Flanker Press has grown from a part-time venture in 1994 to a business with eight full-time employees. In the fall of 2004, Flanker Press launched a new imprint, Pennywell Books. This imprint includes literary fiction, short stories, young adult fiction, and children’s books.

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