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REF NO.: 95

SUBJECT: Sonny’s Dream book launch to honour late musician and scholar

DATE: Jan. 17

In Sonny’s Dream: Essays on Newfoundland Folklore and Popular Culture, Memorial University’s Department of Folklore presents updated versions of 15 of the late Dr. Peter Narváez’s most important essays.
Dr. Peter Narváez, who passed away in November 2011 at the age of 69, was a renowned scholar and a staple of the local music scene. He came to Memorial in 1974 as a lecturer in the Department of Folklore and an assistant archivist with the Memorial University Folklore Archive.
Sonny’s Dream represents a lifetime of fruitful scholarship, bringing together influential work in folk narrative, custom, vernacular music and popular culture. It will be launched Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Bitter’s Pub on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University, beginning at 7 p.m. The book will be available for sale, retailing for $34.95.

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