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The Rope Maker’s Tale

The old Rope-maker who sits under the apple tree quietly watches the world that passes him by, but while he does so, he gathers the world’s stories. So when he starts to tell his tale, everything can happen, and does: the wind will rise, the bells at the city gate will begin to peal, and a motley group of travellers will set out on the ring road of life, taking listeners with them. While the Rope-maker twists together sisal, hemp, jute, and cot- ton, his stories coil inside other stories—stories of war, disguise, trickery, passion, fear; stories of birth, hope, rivalry, laughter, play; stories of sor- row and death, friendship and family, defiance and recuperation. All of life swirls here. Braiding past and promise, The Rope-maker’s Tale cautions against passivity, celebrates joy and generation, and affirms the power of story-telling itself to take us on a journey into ourselves.

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The old Rope-maker who sits under the apple tree quietly watches the world that passes him by, but while he does so, he gathers the world’s stories. So when he starts to tell his tale, everything can happen, and does: the wind will rise, the bells at the city gate will begin to peal, and a motley group of travellers will set out on the ring road of life, taking listeners with them. While the Rope-maker twists together sisal, hemp, jute, and cot- ton, his stories coil inside other stories—stories of war, disguise, trickery, passion, fear; stories of birth, hope, rivalry, laughter, play; stories of sor- row and death, friendship and family, defiance and recuperation. All of life swirls here. Braiding past and promise, The Rope-maker’s Tale cautions against passivity, celebrates joy and generation, and affirms the power of story-telling itself to take us on a journey into ourselves.

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W.H. New

Born and raised in Vancouver, W. H. New attended UBC and the University of Leeds. For eighteen years, he was the editor of the distinguished critical quarterly, Canadian Literature. He is the author of a wide range of books, including several books for children, the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, Underwood Log (shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Poetry), Touching Ecuador and Along a Snake Fence Riding. His writing has received international recognition, including the Lorne Pierce Medal and the Governor General's International Award in Canadian Studies. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. YVR, is his tenth book of poetry and won the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2012.

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