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.