Rolling Stones is comedian Al Rae's foray into the sport and subculture of curling. This is Word Freak with a Canadian twist: destined to be a favourite of those who think curling is great, those who think curling is funny--and especially to both.
A social history of curling with plenty of good jokes. A valentine to the small town, with some speculation on curling's future in the changing demographics of Canada, the US and Europe. A tribute to the world's most unassuming athletes and their favorite brand of smokes. Some angles on the physics of the game, as well as its secret language and its origins. Like George Plimpton famously did in Paper Lion, Al Rae suits up himself to try something he's never done in his life (even despite being a Scottish-born Canadian). Rolling Stones is not only a dive into a subculture that turns out to have universal appeal, but also becomes a journey of self-discovery for the author.
AL RAE is an award-winning radio and television comedy writer. He co-developed the international hit comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie. He shared the Prix Roma (Italy) screenwriter prize and a Canada Award Gemini for Little Mosque and an individual writing Gemini nomination. He was the head writer of The Saskatchewan Centenary Gala for HRH Queen Elizabeth starring Brent Butt that aired on CBC in 2005. He was the creator of Monsoon House with Russell Peters, the twenty episode radio series about the publishing industry that aired on CBC Radio One. Al has written on a variety of subjects for the Winnipeg Free Press, the Toronto Star, the National Post, CBC's Spark, The Next Chapter, The Current, The House, DNTO and The Debaters. He was born in Glasgow, raised in Toronto. Since 1994, he has lived in Winnipeg with his wife, daughter and numerous canines, felines and rodents.