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Spirited Away (ebook)

Spirited Away (ebook)

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Newfoundland is rife with stories of fairies who mislead, play tricks, or sometimes, spirit folks away. A rustle of a leaf, a glint at the corner of one’s eye—these fairies lurk, menacing and amoral, at the edges of settled life.

The pages of Spirited Away are populated by people who wander onto fairy paths or fall under the spell of mysterious music, who find themselves lost in surroundings long familiar, or find family members grown strange—people irrevocably changed by their eerie encounters.

Passed on as rumours and whispers, told at a remove, stories of fairies are still heard today. These literary renderings of stories and anecdotes Tom Dawe has collected across the island offer an accessible and engaging introduction to one of Old Newfoundland’s most powerful and peculiar folk traditions.

Veselina Tomova’s darkly poetic wood-cut illustrations plumb the fascinating heart of these strange and affecting stories.

Spirited Away stands as a companion volume to Dawe and Tomova's chilling An Old Man's Winter Night: Ghostly Tales.

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Tom Dawe has been a high school teacher, English professor, visual artist, editor, writer, and poet.  He has published numerous volumes, including poetry, folklore, and children’s literature.  His latest works include Where Genesis Begins,  winner of The Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Award;  Moocher in the Lun, winner of the Bruneau Award for Children’s Literature; and The Wonderful Dogfish Racket.  His work has appeared in many magazines, journals, and anthologies. In the seventies, during the ‘Newfoundland Renaissance,’ he was one of the founders of Breakwater Books, a founding editor of TickleAce, and prose editor of The Livyere, a folklore journal.  In 2002 Martina Seifert’s comprehensive study, Rewriting Newfoundland Mythology: The Works of Tom Dawe , was published in Germany and Cambridge, Mass., USA.

Recipient of many awards and honours, in 2007 he was awarded a WANL Lifetime Membership Award and was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Hall of Honour.  In 2010 he was named St. John’s Poet Laureate.  In 2012 he was named a member of the Order of Canada and also of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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