B&B PRESS BLUE CHRISTMAS PARTY: Merry Christmas! Deck the halls! Joy to the World! Really? Year after year, the forced frivolity, gratuitous gluttony, and crass commercialism of the holiday season pegs Christmas with a kind of fairy-tale sentimentality existing in a world where there is no conflict, no anger, no hatred, and no criticism, a world in which there is no warfare in any form. Readers now can rest easy; there’s no trace of this sugarcoated existence in Blue Christmas: Holiday Stories for the Rest of Us: An Anthology (B&B Press, $17) . Instead, they are offered the gift of candor, suspense, and substance, showing them that Christmas can be both the best of times and the worst of times. Edited by award-winning novelist John Dufresne, Blue Christmas is a collection of 17 original stories written by some of today’s finest contemporary authors exploring a variety of Christmas experiences. Tonight, join Mitchell Kaplan, John Dufresne, Robert Goolrick, Lynne Barrett and Les Standiford, among others, for a celebration of the new B&B Press imprint, a project of Books & Books. We’ll be serving up blue Christmas mojitos, some yuletide surprises and a few blue Christmas stories of our own!
17 stories about the varieties of the Christmas experience by 17 of our finest storytellers, and not one borrows feelings or seasonal stereotypes. They offer the gifts of honesty, suspense, and transport. They'll carry you away to a world more intriguing and compelling than the one you spend your days in.