Short Listed: December 2022

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My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.

A Song of Ice and Fire

by George R. R. Martin

three friends in holiday pajamas having fun

What To Read

the christmas chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles

by Tim Slover

In The Christmas Chronicles, an 8-part audiobook podcast series, author Tim Slover imaginatively reveals the “true and complete history” of Santa as an otherwise routine shopping trip for pine boughs turns into the start of an unforgettable adventure.

black enough book cover

Black Enough

Edited by Ibi Zoboi

Many of these stories read like the memories of Generation X grown ups reminiscing about being black and young. Some stories are so familiar, you might think that not much has changed. Regardless, Black Enough is an engrossing collection that leaves you with plenty to think about.


What To Watch

wakanda forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

You don’t need a reason to see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever other than the awesome story line, but if you need more convincing, try watching for the superb acting from these two powerhouse divas: Angela Bassett and Danai Gurira. You’ll be wishing you were from Wakanda, too, by the end of this film.

joe caroff sitting at a drawing table

By Design: The Joe Caroff Story

If you enjoy looking at movie posters or judging classic books by their cover, then you’ve probably seen his work. This time, graphic designer Joe Caroff is the star of the film and the story in By Design: The Joe Caroff Story (HBO+). The designer discusses the thought processes behind some of his most memorable works, including the logo for James Bond, first seen in Dr. No (1962) and advertising for Cabaret (1972) and West Side Story (1961).

Where To Go

stack of books on a shelf

Annual Holiday Book Festival

Join the White House Historical Association December 2nd for their Annual Holiday Book Festival in Washington, DC, featuring President Thomas Jefferson (played by Bill Barker), illustrator Dr. John Hutton, and more. For those who love art, join Hutton at the festival for a lesson on how to draw US presidents. Every book purchase enters you for a chance to win an original Hutton drawing.

proust painting

Proust Weekend

A niche bookstore located in the French Embassy in New York City, Villa Albertine celebrates the life, art, and literature of novelist, critic, and essayist Marcel Proust with a full Proust Weekend of free art, live readings, and children’s workshops. (December 3-4)

fran lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz

Author and social commentator Fran Lebowitz visits New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center for a night of “wit and wisecracks.” She is the best selling author of Metropolitan Life and Social Studies. Hear both in the Fran Lebowitz Reader before you go or catch her in the comfort of your own living room in Public Speaking, an HBO documentary with director Martin Scorsese. (December 11)

holiday cheer with ice cream and beer adult book fair

Holiday Cheer with Ice Cream and Beer Adult Book Fair

They had us at ice cream sandwiches, but this fundraising holiday book bash also supports the Noble Neighbor, a nonprofit whose goal is to bring books and author visits to underserved St. Louis-area schools. You can’t beat sugar and a good cause! Both ticket tiers for this event support the organization and offer you access to discounts. (December 14-15)


Listen to This

joyful noise audiobook cover

Joyful Noise

On a cold winter’s day, when what you really need is a heart warming reminder that spring will return, listen to these creative poems from Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman. For a moment, you might forget there was even such a thing as snow.

elf control audiobook cover

Elf Control

With most episodes not longer than 5 minutes each, Elf Control is a humorous elfin series chronicling the untold adventures of the North Pole. It’s a satisfying romp in the sleigh.

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