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December 2004
A Kentucky Christmas
edited by George Ella Lyon

Happy holidays!

This special hour-long edition of bookclub@ket celebrates both Kentucky’s remarkable literary tradition, as reflected in the anthology A Kentucky Christmas, and the holiday season itself. Editor George Ella Lyon and four contributing writers—Dianne Aprile, Graham Thomas Shelby, Peggy Steele, and Jane Vance—join us in the studio to read from their own work, talk about other favorite selections from the book, and reminisce a little about their families’ Christmastime traditions. (Dianne even brought along her spectacular plum pudding, the making of which she describes in “All the Right Ingredients.”) And folk duo Zoe Speaks performs three songs included in the anthology.

But all of that is still just a sampling of the gifts to be found in A Kentucky Christmas, which is stuffed with short stories, excerpts from longer works, poems, recipes, essays, and song lyrics by Kentucky writers past and present. This showcase of the depth, breadth, and variety of Kentucky’s writing tradition is truly a book for any season.


Share your holiday food tradition! We’re collecting holiday recipes—and we’d love to include yours. Send us a favorite recipe, along with your comments about its origins or special meaning, and we’ll add it to our bookclub holiday cookbook. E-mail submissions to .

Watch the program [requires RealPlayer®].

Christmas Gift—reflections on editing A Kentucky Christmas by George Ella Lyon

Writers and musicians featured in the bookclub special

Video readings by our guests

Plum pudding and more—holiday recipes from our guests and viewers

Blurb from the book jacket

Card catalog entry from the Library of Congress

Amazon.com information page

Barnes and Noble information page


Also on our shelves:
Many of the writers anthologized in A Kentucky Christmas can also be found in another impressive collection of Kentucky literature, Morris Grubbs’ Home and Beyond. It was our March 2002 selection.


George Ella Lyon

George Ella Lyon
1949-

George Ella Lyon is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for children and adults, including With a Hammer for My Heart, Catalpa, Borrowed Children, and Mother to Tigers. On KET, she has been seen in An Electronic Conversation with George Ella Lyon, a 1997 production in which she answers questions from students; Creating Stories and Music, a three-part series exploring the connections between writing and musical composition; Everyday Voices, a five-part writing workshop; and the Reading section of GED Connection.

A Kentucky Christmas contributors whose works have been featured on bookclub@ket:

Harriette Arnow
Wendell Berry
Harry Caudill
Linda Scott DeRosier
David Dick
Kim Edwards
Janice Holt Giles
James Baker Hall
Wade Hall
Chris Holbrook
Silas House
Harlan Hubbard
Ronni Lundy
Maurice Manning
Bobbie Ann Mason
Thomas Merton
Jim Wayne Miller
Chris Offutt
Lynn Pruett
James Still
Jesse Stuart
Joe Survant
Richard Taylor
Mary Ann Taylor-Hall
Frank X Walker
Crystal Wilkinson


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