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More Bygone Days

Moonshine, Dancing' & Romancin'

by (author) Reginald Thompson

Acorn Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
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Dutch Thompson is back with More Bygone Days. This second collection includes stories from moonshiner and horse whisperer Ralph Gallant and Maisie Adams, Canada's first female lighthouse keeper. It has memories from Keith Pratt, railway engine driver and photographer, and Kathryn MacQuarrie Wood, a tourism pioneer who ran the largest rink on PEI. And don't miss Stompin' Tom's best man, entrepreneur Johnny Reid and lighthouse keeper Manson Murchison who saw the phantom ship of the Strait twice.

From CBC Radio to the pages of this book, you'll hear Dutch's encouraging voice illuminating these unforgettable and important histories from the lives of Maritimers.

"[Dutch's] narrative voice, tone and perspective delightfully honour the past without being cloying. His distinctive and lovable personality always yields centre stage to the experiences of Islanders whose stories he shares with irresistible humour and loving-hearted reverence. American author William Faulkner famously said, 'The past is never dead. It's not even past.' Dutch helps keep the 'past' vividly alive in the present." — Richard Lemm, Atlantic Books Today

About the author

Reginald "Dutch" Thompson has worked in theatre, television and radio but his true love is collecting stories from the bygone days. He's recorded 900 hours of memories & stories from Maritimers born between 1894 & 1925, including stories about: midwives and blacksmiths; favourite horses; one-roomed schools; rum-running; everything from homemade soap to homemade moonshine. This interest in oral history and folklore led to a column on CBC radio that's been running 33 years and counting, along with numerous heritage awards. His first book, Bygone Days: Folklore, Traditions and Toenails, won the 2020 City of Charlottetown Heritage Award and he was presented with the 2016 PEI Heritage Award of Honour for lifetime achievement. He lives in a 170 year old house in Bunbury, Prince Edward Island with his wife Jill.

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