Se­cond book for au­thor

Gift giv­ing a cen­tral theme of Hu­bert Furey’s lat­est col­lec­tion of short sto­ries

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­[email protected]­n­com­pass.ca

Gift giv­ing a cen­tral theme of Hu­bert Furey’s lat­est col­lec­tion of short sto­ries.

A few years back, Hu­bert Furey’s ac­tor friend John Ryan per­formed a recita­tion at the Ma­sonic Tem­ple in St. John’s. It was a piece Furey wrote, and the ac­tor gave his friend full credit as the au­di­ence ap­plauded.

A tal­ent agent hap­pened to be in the au­di­ence and told Furey she wanted to work with him. The con­nec­tion gave the Con­cep­tion Har­bour na­tive a chance to record CDs of his recita­tions and per­form them live.

Last year, Flanker Press re­leased his first book, “As the Old Folks Would Say,” which com­piled short sto­ries and recita­tions Furey wrote over the course of a few years. That book is now in its fourth print­ing, and the for­mer school board su­per­in­ten­dent is back this year with a new col­lec­tion of short sto­ries with a sea­sonal flavour.

“The Most Per­fect Gift” is get­ting re­leased two months away from the Christ­mas hol­i­days. As the ti­tle would im­ply, gift giv­ing plays an im­por­tant role in all four of the short sto­ries con­tained in the book.

“I kind of dab­bled in it,” Furey said of his writ­ing, which re­ally got rolling once he re­tired from work in 1991. “I never ex­pected to pub­lish books. Where I write is down be­low in the base­ment. It’s the same way as some­body who is go­ing to be play­ing a game of golf. You go down and write and you en­joy it.”

His wife Eleanor also en­cour­aged Furey to share his writ­ing with the pub­lic. The au­thor was pleased with the pub­lic re­cep­tion for his first book.

“I never re­ally in­tended to pub­lish. In fact, even with the recita­tions, I never in­tended to re­ally per­form them ei­ther.”

Sto­ries from his new book delve into the deeper mean­ing of gifts, such as the emo­tions they evoke, Furey said. The gifts in the sto­ries are also not nec­es­sar­ily phys­i­cal in all cases.

“The first story (‘A Very Blue Christ­mas’) does fea­ture a gift as a ring, but the ring is highly sym­bolic to the woman re­ceiv­ing it, be­cause it sort of sym­bol­izes ev­ery­thing her dead hus­band rep­re­sented and that kind of thing,” he said.

Other sto­ries in the book touch upon tragedy, love, for­give­ness and the abil­ity for peo­ple to change.

Be­yond his most re­cent book, Furey is do­ing some re­vi­sions on a novel he wrote a few years ago. There is also talk of putting to­gether a col­lec­tion of recita­tions re­lated to the Christ­mas sea­son.

“Since I’ve got in­volved with Flanker Press, they’ve said they want to see ev­ery­thing I’ve writ­ten,” he said.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON — THE COM­PASS

Hu­bert Furey is sur­prised he’s be­come a pub­lished au­thor.

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