Before becoming a storyteller and author, Aubrey Davis worked as a logger, farmer, salesman and teacher. As a young man he traveled across Europe and North Africa where he discovered traditional Teaching-Stories.
“These bottomless tales puzzled, shocked and delighted me. They helped me see the world and myself in fresh, new ways. They made me think like I’d never thought before.”
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Later Aubrey began to tell these tales at a weekly gathering in Toronto; then in nursing homes, festivals, jails and on national radio and television.
For over 30 years Aubrey has told stories to people of all ages. He has performed and conducted workshops across Canada and the US. A retired teacher, for 17 years he taught an oral language program to primary and special needs students.
“I taught them language through story. They taught me how to communicate simply, clearly and dramatically.”
“My writing career began when I was asked to tell a Chanukah tale to a very large and very young audience. Unfortunately I couldn’t find one I liked, so I wrote one myself. The children loved it and so did the publisher to whom I sent it. Bone Button Borscht was born of necessity.”
His Bagels for Benny, has won multiple awards including the Sydney Taylor Award, The Mr. Christie Award (Silver) and the Canadian Jewish Book Awards Children’s Literature Prize.
Aubrey has two grown children and three granddaughters. He lives in Toronto with his storytelling wife Sandra Carpenter-Davis.