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Archives - December 2009

Dolen Perkins Valdez --- whose debut novel, WENCH, hits stores next month --- recalls receiving a very treasured copy of her favorite book one Christmas, and takes the opportunity to thank her favorite author for changing her life.
Sometimes, there is nothing more difficult around the holidays than being away from your home and family. Below, Mahbod Seraji --- author of ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN --- recalls how he survived his first Christmas in America with the help of some kind friends and a really great book.
Christina Baker Kline --- author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, including CHILD OF MINE, THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE and BIRD IN HAND --- describes a particular favorite holiday story and the family tradition it inspired.
Vanessa Davis Griggs --- author of eight novels, including GOODNESS AND MERCY --- can still remember the very first books she'd owned as a child. While they weren't spectacular pieces of literature, she explains below just how much they meant to her then, and what they still represent for her today.
This afternoon, Kat Martin details how a stirring romance novel gifted to her years ago helped shape the kind of fiction she writes, and directly influenced her latest holiday-themed novel, THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK. Over the years, I’ve received dozens of books as holiday gifts: coffee table books, self-help books, non-fiction, and novels that strictly entertain.