Humourist Arthur Black

From 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, October 7, 2010, award winning Canadian humourist and radio personality Arthur Black will make an appearance at the Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way, in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre downtown. Admission is by donation. Black will read from his latest book, A Chip off the Old Black, published by Harbour Publishing. Black’s voice is unmistakable on the radio and on the page. His is the voice of reason, with a generous helping of funny; the voice that scolds us for our universal human quirks, but who says it with the tone and words that make us laugh out loud at ourselves and our neighbours.

A Chip Off the Old Black, Black’s latest collection of stories, will knock a sense of humour into any reader, boasting nearly a hundred tales featuring everything from yarnbombing to Bambi, from Black’s love of the Farmer’s Almanac to his loathing of snowmobiles and his problem with David Suzuki. With a talent for ranting, minus the malice, Black sticks up for the chocolate-covered marshmallow confection of New Zealand—the politically-incorrect “Eskimo” candies. Those inclined to kvetching—a Yiddish word describing the tendency to complain persistently about everything—may just reconsider after reading A Chip Off the Old Black. After all, as Black demonstrates, it’s far more enjoyable to take the opportunity to laugh.

Black’s growing collection of award-winning books include Pitch Black, Black Tie and Tales (Stoddart Publishing) and Black in the Saddle Again, both of which won him the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He hosted CBC Radio One’s Basic Black program from 1983 until 2002, while also using his comedic talents to host Life Television Network’s Weird Homes and Weird Wheels. His recently released audio CD, Planet Salt Spring, features tales from his adopted home of Saltspring Island. For more information or to RSVP, call 250-753-1821.