Christmas At The Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McleanChristmas At The Vinyl Cafe by Stuart Mclean

Christmas At The Vinyl Cafe

byStuart Mclean

Hardcover | October 31, 2017

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Come share Christmas with your friends at the Vinyl Cafe

Christmas has always been a special time at the Vinyl Cafe. For two decades, Stuart McLean travelled across the country every December with The Vinyl Cafe Christmas tour, bringing the gift of laughter and light during the darkest days of the year. The hilarious world of Dave and Morley was even more real—more vibrant—during the holidays. For many, the Vinyl Cafe Christmas stories became beloved family traditions. Now, for the first time, they have been brought together in this special collection—including the classic "Dave Cooks the Turkey," as well as five new, never before published Christmas stories. From mishaps with the Turlingtons and the tale of a young Dave's first holiday disaster to the surprising "Christmas Ferret" and the touching sign off in "The Christmas Card," these wonderful new stories will delight for years to come.
    Brimming with charm and humour (often at Dave's expense), these twelve stories entertain on every page, reminding us what the holidays are all about.
STUART McLEAN was the writer and host of the popular CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe. He is the author of the bestselling books Vinyl Cafe Diaries, which won the short fiction award from the Canadian Authors Association; The Morningside World of Stuart McLean, which was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Awards; Welcome Home: Travel...
Title:Christmas At The Vinyl CafeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.91 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.91 × 0.98 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0735235120

ISBN - 13:9780735235120

Christmas At The Vinyl Cafe
Christmas At The Vinyl Cafe

by Stuart Mclean


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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and fun read Reading these cute and original stories has become a tradition over the Christmas holidays. A great read!
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Stuart McLean's storytelling The first time I came across The Vinyl Café my husband and I were going to pick someone up and though I was driving as slowly as I could to make the trip last the length of the story we still ended up sitting in the parking lot outside their apartment building waiting for the end of the story. We were hooked! Every weekend started with The Vinyl Café and coffee. Now with this and a few other books and CDs, we can still spend time with Stuart and we hold fond memories of him in our hearts.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't get enough of Stuart McLean Though it doesn't compare to listening to Stuart McLean read his stories out loud on CBC, the stories are so loveable and familiar, and I can hear his voice reading it in my head. The Christmas themed stories have always been my families favourites to listen to/read on the long drive up to our own Christmas holidays.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Christmas tradition Stuart's stories are magic. My family and I have always considered him a staple of our Holidays.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I had to read the book TWICE Great book. Bought it sometime last year. Was a great book to read. I actually read the book twice
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy I listened to CBC all the time growing up, and this brings back many memories. Great buy.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fa la la la la la LOVE! Great read, fantastic stories!!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I had the privilege of seeing Stuart McLean live once. He was utterly brilliant and I laughed so hard my cheeks and ribs hurt for hours. It is just the same reading these stories. I can hear his distinct voice in my mind. Utterly brilliant.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Christmas Read I read this book during the Christmas season and loved it. So funny! Reading it every Christmas will become a tradition for me.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best gift! Fantastic read, the stories are beautifully written. As I read I can hear it in Stewart's voice and can visualize all the activities in Dave and Morley's life. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Christmas! I bought this in November and saved it to read on Christmas Eve/Day! Loved it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am in denial I preordered this the moment that I could. I am in denial that it will be the last book I read written by Stuart. As with all of his books, I will read them over and over and over some more, but I can't believe we won't have new stories. All fans of Stuart must get this book for their collection. It won't disappoint!
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable This great Canadian story teller leaves you in a happy place after reading his book
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wonderful A lovely holiday reading experience.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will make a great gift I love listening to the vinyl cafe christmas specials, this will be a great gift.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Decent book. Could've been more interesting though
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awesome Makes a perfect Christmas gift!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two thumbs way up I have childhood memories of listening to Stuart Mclean tell his stories over the radio, while my dad baked bread and my mom prepared dinner on Sunday afternoons. This book is a beautiful reminder of those days
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is great I really love this. I bought it as a gift for my friend, She loves it.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from McLean If you enjoy McLean's storytelling ability, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stuart Mclean is the best! What a great story teller. I can't sing enough praises for Stuart Mclean.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stuart McLean I can't say enough about this man's storytelling abilities. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Stuart McLean is a Canadian treasure. I look forward to hearing “Dave cooks the turkey” every year on CBC. His holiday stories put me right in the Christmas mood. Though hearing it this year will be a little different, and sadder, but Stewart will live forever in our hearts because of the great stories that he has left behind for us. This book is an effortless read that will having you smiling to whole time. It includes all of your holiday favourites in one place + a very touching tribute to Stuart from The Vinyl Cafe team. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Stuart McLean is one of the best storytellers I have ever read.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great novel. Snazzy title.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Enjoyed every moment reading this book
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was great Loved it !!! Highly recommend
Date published: 2017-09-23

Read from the Book

Most families who celebrate Christmas have traditions at this time of year. Traditions that bring warmth and light to the cold, dark days of December.The smell of the fir tree when you walk into the house.The crackle of the fire.Eggnog and mulled wine.A mountain of presents under the tree.Or that moment on Christmas Eve, just before bed, when everyone is asleep except you. The house is dark, but for the glow of the lights on the tree. And you sit there, in the halo, and finish your cup of tea (or, okay, your Scotch) and enjoy one peaceful moment before the madness of the morning ahead.Even families that don’t celebrate Christmas often have Christmas traditions: Chinese food on Christmas Eve, going to the movies on Christmas Day, or heading south to avoid the entire thing altogether.Most of us mark the season in some fashion or another.It was no different for Stuart and our little Vinyl Cafe family. For years, for decades, we celebrated the season inour own merry way. But it wasn’t always like that.It started the year Dave cooked the family turkey. Or,more to the point, when he didn’t.That was the very first Vinyl Cafe Christmas story,and the story that turned Christmas into a deal for ushere at the Vinyl Cafe.After that first performance of “Dave Cooks the Turkey” in 1996, we realized that Butch, in his quirky Grade B way, had changed the Vinyl Cafe landscape. The reaction was so intense it had to be followed with another Christmas story. So, every year, around October, Stuart would begin to imagine how Dave and his family might tackle the holidays, always mindful that every scenario would be measured against the turkey.Over the years, the turkey story became like a snowball rolling down a snow-covered hill. It just kept getting. . . bigger. People wrote to tell us that the story had become one of their Christmas traditions. Some spent Christmas Eve sitting together as a family, listening to the turkey story on CD. Some read it out loud as part of their holiday celebration. Others felt the season didn’t start until they heard Stuart read it on the radio. As the turkey story became one of your traditions, you became one of our Christmas traditions. Slowly, over the next twenty-one years, our annual Christmas concert grew from just one Christmas show at Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC in Toronto to a thirty-six-show national tour.We loved that tour. The Christmas concerts felt like a family reunion. Stuart used to say it was more like sitting around a living room than an auditorium.We would spend five weeks chugging around the country, crammed into a tour bus with a wonderful extended family: musicians, lighting and sound engineers, editors, producers, tour managers, and bus drivers. Then, in every city and town, we’d gather with not only the people on the bus and the people who worked on the radio show but also their families. And the audience. Over the years, many of you made our Christmas concert one of your family traditions. We started to recognize your faces out in the lobby. We got to know you, and you got to know us.Like so many things at this time of year, the Christmas tour had a magical quality. We’d often walk back to the hotel after the concert, the celebratory feeling of the show hanging around like our warm breath in the cold air.At the hotel, we’d gather at the bar and rehash our favourite moments from the show: the hambone kid who joined Stuart on stage, the singalong finale, the surprising laugh in the story that we hadn’t been expecting. Each show felt familiar, but also exciting and new. Kind of like Christmas: a mix of tradition and surprise.More than once, as we were leaving town, we’d snake our forty-foot tour bus through a residential neighbourhood because we’d heard they had “good lights.” One night, outside of Owen Sound, we came across a stretch of highway where the houses were so beautifully lit upwe asked Brad, our driver, to wrestle the tour bus to theside of the road so we could sit there, in the quiet glow.There is something about this season that brings people together. We were lucky that it brought us together with each other, and with you, for so many happy years.It has been over two decades since that first year that Dave cooked the turkey. When we look back now, it’s clear that our entire year revolved around Christmas.Like Morley’s locomotive, the VC express was always headed straight to Christmas. That is why we are so pleased to have a little book entirely dedicated to the yuletide adventures of Dave, Morley, Stephanie, and Sam.

Editorial Reviews

A National Bestseller

"For fans of the Vinyl Cafe, Christmas was the most wonderful time of the year...[Stuart's] yuletide joy lives on in this new book..." - Hello! Canada, November 2017

"The Vinyl Cafe has been an unofficial national pastime since read with a cup of cocoa in hand." - Canadian Living, December 2017

“As funny as it is heartwarming, this book is the Vinyl Cafe at its best.” – CBC News