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Chicago Teller Entertains Festival with Silent Stories

Bristol Herald Courier (Bristol, VA) , October 2, 2004

Summary:

Peter Cook, who is deaf and uses sign language, tells stories during the opening day of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Keith Wann sits to the side of the stage and interprets Cook's sign language.

The Chicago native treated overflow crowds to a rollicking good time Friday as he shared stories of being a Cubs fan. He did it all without saying anything. He canít.

But he hasnít let the fact that heís deaf and mute stop him from making the rounds of the professional storytelling circuit for the past 20 years. And it didnít keep him from connecting with an almost entirely hearing crowd.

Cook and more than 30 other storytellers are participating this weekend in the 32nd National Storytelling Festival, which attracts thousands of people to the International Storytelling Center.

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals


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