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New Vinyl Cafe story collection by Stuart McLean to be published in fall 2021

The Vinyl Cafe Celebrates includes 20 stories including classic favourites and new tales.

The Vinyl Cafe Celebrates includes 20 stories including classic favourites and new tales

The Vinyl Cafe Celebrates is a posthumous collection of stories by Stuart McLean. (CBC, Random House Canada)

A new Vinyl Cafe story collection from Stuart McLean will be published on Oct. 12, 2021.

For more than two decades, McLean hosted the radio program Vinyl Cafe, which was an hour-long storytelling and variety show. It was broadcast on CBC Radio and syndicated to approximately 80 U.S. public radio stations. 

McLean's trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences.

Vinyl Cafe ended in 2015, when McLean revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer. He died in 2017 at age 68.

Stuart McLean takes a bow in Thunder Bay, Ont.

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The Vinyl Cafe Celebrates includes 10 never-before-published stories and 10 new classic favourites, including The Waterslide, The Canoe Trip and the beloved classic Christmas tale Dave Cooks the Turkey.

McLean was a bestselling author, award-winning journalist and humourist in addition to hosting Vinyl Cafe.

In 1979, he won an ACTRA award for best radio documentary for his contribution to the Sunday Morning's coverage of the Jonestown massacre

His other books include The Morningside World, Welcome Home: Travels in Small Town Canada and Vinyl Cafe Diaries, which won the 2004 Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Award. McLean was also a three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

McLean also toured with The Vinyl Cafe to theatres across Canada and the United States, playing towns from St. John's to Seattle.

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