For five decades, Alan Maitland was celebrated for his resonant mellow CBC radio voice - and perhaps, most famously, for the stories he read over the airwaves in his alter ego of Fireside Al. For 19 y
For five decades, Alan Maitland was celebrated for his resonant mellow CBC radio voice - and perhaps, most famously, for the stories he read over the airwaves in his alter ego of Fireside Al. For 19 years, Fireside Al read his favourite stories to a devoted radio audience and even though Alan Maitland died in 1999, his voice has been captured for posterity in a highly valued set of sound recordings of these magnificent performances.
Now ten of Maitland's favourite Christmas stories are being given new life in this Christmas gift book for the whole family. Fireside Al's Treasury of Christmas Stories includes:
- The familiar words of O. Henry's celebrated short story, The Gift of the Magi"
- Along with Francis P. Church's famous Christmas editorial: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus"
- "The Santa Claus Trap" by Margaret Atwood
- Stephen Leacock's gentle seasonal wit in "The Errors of Santa Claus"
- Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "Christmas at Sea" and
- Robert Service's "The Trapper's Christmas Eve"
Each with a very different take on the theme of seasonal love and joy. And there are more delectable treats in store from Fireside Al's Christmas cupboard.
The treasury gains special lustre from the magnificently detailed and richly coloured paintings of Alan Daniel, Canada's best-loved illustrator of children's books. Above all the package is completed by a bound-in CD of Alan Maitland's reading of the ten stories included in the book.
View Table of contents
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
Francis P. Church
The Errors of Santa Claus
Christmas at Sea
Robert Louis Stevenson
To Make a Christmas Cake That Will Keep Until Easter
Hoodoo McFiggin's Christmas
The Santa Claus Trap
The Gift of the Magi
The Trapper's Christmas Eve
Robert W. Service
The First Christmas Tree
A Tribute to Alan Maitland
View Biographical note
Was a veteran CBC announcer and award-winning broadcaster. Popularly known as Fireside Al and Front Porch Al, he delighted listeners across the country with his inimitable storytelling. He was co-host of As It Happens, from 1974 until 1993, sharing the studio with Barbara Frum, Elizabeth Gray, Dennis Trudeau, and Michael Enright. In 1980, he and then co-host Barbara Frum shared an ACTRA Award for Best Public Affairs Broadcasters.
Daniel's art is notable for its fine draftsmanship, humour and versatility of style. He is the illustrator of numerous children's picture books and has been nominated, with his partner Lea Daniel, for both Mr. Christie and Governor General Awards. Alan's previous books for Red Deer Press include Eh! To Zed and Roundup At the Palace. Alan works from his home studio in Kitchener Ontario.