I am giving a talk tomorrow night in Washington, DC, about Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It is part of the St Columba’s Episcopal Church’s Advent Retreat; learn all about it here.
If you live in the District of Columbia or close environs, I hope to see you there! If you cannot make it, enjoy Jim Dale reading Christmas Carol here so you can join us in spirit…
I love giving book recommendations. When people tell me they want book suggestions for friends or family members, I generally ask a few questions and see if I can’t point them in the right direction. For the past several months, the one book I have recommended to almost everyone is an enchanted snowglobe of a tale that is perfect as we head into December. The Twistrose Key is an enchanting, lyric novel, by Norwegian author Tone Almjhell, who weaves a spell of snow, song, and sensory magic to create a story unlike any other, yet still achingly, hauntingly familiar. In addition to creating an absolutely amazing novel, Almjhell is a generous, delightful person who graciously agreed to an email interview despite a looming deadline for her next book. Slip on your mittens, pull your wooly cap down tight, and hang on to the reins; after the jump, we’re off on a magical sleigh ride to get to know this warm-hearted author and her snow-dusted story.
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