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Twas The Night – The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem, a book talk with Pamela McColl
Thursday, December 8, 7 – 8 PM ET

Twas The Night – The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem is the first cultural history to be published of the highly-celebrated poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. The beautiful artwork and literary references presented in this publication were selected to demonstrate how Clement Moore - “The Poet of Christmas Eve”- drew upon two centuries of winter cultural traditions and customs, as well as elements from the spiritual and secular sectors, in the creation of the work. Over two hundred images are presented in the book including artwork by New England artists N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell. In 2022 and 2023 the poem marks two bi-centennial milestones; first read aloud by Moore on Christmas Eve 1822, with its print debut appearing in the Troy Sentinel newspapers of Troy, New York, December 23, 1823. Join us for a closer look at and celebration of the beloved poem and its enduring popularity.

About the author: Pamela McColl is a Canadian author, historian, and advocate of children's issues and smoking cessation, best known for releasing a smoke-free version of the classic Twas The Night Before Christmas. The book won several awards, including three Benjamin Franklin Book Awards from the Independent Book Publisher's Association, and a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. She is the publisher of seven books, including Pacific Spirit: The Forest Reborn, which United States Senator Frank Murkowski, the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, labeled as “one of the most important works on forest management” in recent years.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Location: online via Zoom.

Dec 8, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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