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9 Christmas reads that perfectly capture Iowa


When it comes to holiday cheer, Des Moines residents and communities are lighting up the night with glittering bulbs around town. So grab a mug of hot chocolate and warm up the car, then head out to these Des Moines-area Christmas light displays.

Few tasks are as difficult as picking out just the right book for people on your Christmas list.

Three Iowa independent booksellers have made it easy, choosing nine books with Iowa ties published in 2017.

All three chose the excellent work of non-fiction from Iowa’s own Ice Cube Press, “Women and the Land,” a book that was showcased

Read more at: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/life/2017/12/06/9-christmas-reads-perfectly-capture-iowa/928122001/

Matthew Broderick Joins Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical

Matthew Broderick is coming to Fox for the holidays.

The two-time Tony winner has been tapped to serve as the narrator in Fox’s A Christmas Story live musical.

Broderick steps up to the microphone previously held by Jean Shepherd, the narrator and adult Ralphie Parker in the 1983 classic. For those who never saw the original — which marathons every Christmas on TBS and TNT — the narrator looks back on his favorite childhood holiday and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.

Broderick joins castmember Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) in the three-hour live musical production. Rudolph is playing Ralphie’s mother, Mrs. Parker, taking on the role played by Melinda Dillion in the original. Additional casting will be announced soon.

Based on the short stories of Midwestern humorist Shepherd, the musical is set in the 1940s, when all 9-year-old Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun.

Spurred by the popularity of the

Read more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/matthew-broderick-joins-foxs-a-christmas-story-live-musical-1041905

True Crime Books, Adirondack Memories For Christmas

Do you have people on your Christmas gift list who are avid readers?

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and we want to remind you that several ebooks by North Country Gazette publisher June Maxam, DEATH CRUISE ON LAKE GEORGE, ADIRONDACK MEMORIES, JUSTICE FOR JOEY and TICKET TO MURDER, are available for gift giving at Amazon.com

death-cruiseDEATH CRUISE ON LAKE GEORGE chronicles the tragic sinking of the Ethan Allen tourboat on Lake George on Oct. 2, 2005, which killed 20 senior citizens and constituted the largest boating loss of life in New York State.

In her book, author June Maxam asserts the official story of the Ethan Allen does not align with her findings, supported by photos, witness and survivor interviews, testimony from the captain and owners of the boat, and other evidence she says

Read more at: http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2016/11/24/books_for_giving/

Oxygen Media to premiere true crime Christmas series

U.S. net Oxygen Media is exploring the darker side of Christmas with a new true crime series for the festive season.

NBCUniversal-owned broadcaster is premiering Homicide for the Holidays, a 4 x 60-minute series that is more about blood, gore and horror than the traditional Christmas stories of family bonding and sharing.

Each episode takes viewers into the Christmas experiences of four different families where personal rivalries, parental relations and unwelcome visits lead to epic disasters. Take for example, the episode “Santa Claus is Coming to Kill,” where a sociopath wielding handguns and flame throwers makes a ghastly appearance at the Ortega family’s Christmas dinner.

The series is produced by Jarrett Creative Group, with Sett Jarrett, Julie Insogna Jarrett, Bob Gillan and Steve Bruno as executive producer. Kathi Watson is listed as co-executive producer.

Homicide for the Holidays premiers on Dec. 3 in

Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2016/11/16/oxygen-media-to-premiere-true-crime-christmas-series/