Cover may differ from image shown

A Kentucky Christmas

edited by George Ella Lyon

Availablepaperback$24.95s 978-0-8131-4115-2
Out of Printcloth$28.00 978-0-8131-2279-3
352 pages  Pubdate: 11/02/2012  7 x 10   2 illus

A celebration of holiday poetry, fiction, essays, recipes, and songs by more than sixty of the Bluegrass state’s finest writers. Gathered here are writings from some of the legendary voices of Kentucky—and the nation—as well as original Christmas stories and poetry from some of the state’s emerging talents. Among the contributors to this handsome collection are Kentucky’s visionaries, storytellers, historians, singers, cooks, children’s authors, and poets, including all five Kentucky Poet Laureates. A delight for anyone interested in Kentucky literature, history, or traditions, A Kentucky Christmas promises to be a wonderful holiday gift, a treasured family keepsake, and a necessary addition for libraries and for personal collections.

George Ella Lyon is the award-winning author of more than forty books for children and adults, including She Let Herself Go: Poems, With a Hammer for My Heart, Don’t You Remember?, Holding On to Zoe, and Which Side Are You On?: The Story of a Song. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

This book could accurately be called ‘A Kentucky Christmas Tree,’ since it is a structure with various good-sized branches, all hung or draped with bits of holiday cheer. -- Appalachian Center Newsletter

A collection of holiday poetry, fiction, essays, recipes, and songs gathered from over sixty different authors. . . . This is a legacy of literature for anyone from Kentucky or those interested in its rich literary history. -- Christian Library Journal

Celebrates Kentucky traditions from the first Christmas on the Falls of the Ohio to settlement days along the Cumberland to Appalachian country store windows on Christmas Eve. -- Floyd County Times

Readers get a gigantic gift full of literary goodies—some 337 pages—under the tree. With appearances by more than 60 of the state’s finest writers who share holiday stories poems, songs and essays, there should be something for anyone who opens this package. -- Kentucky Monthly

Superb. . . . A rich, diverse collection. . . . A treasure every Kentuckian should own. -- Lexington Herald-Leader

Contains poems, stories, and essays that range from heartwarming to downright sad. -- Ohioana Quarterly

This cornucopia of a book will appeal to all who count the season as the best time of the year. -- Southern Living

This book will become a holiday classic. --

“Features poetry, short stories, memoirs, recipes, and songs by 67 of the state’s best known, most beloved writers."--Louisville Courier Journal