Monday, September 11, 2006

Press, Magazine Release Holiday Book

Fond or not, everyone has holiday memories. Published by the Indiana Historical Society Press and Indy Men’s Magazine, The X-Mas Men: An Eclectic Collection of Holiday Essays is a very personal celebration, reconsideration, and reflection on “the most wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful day of the year.”

Co-edited by Lou Harry and Todd Tobias, The X-Mas Men explores each author’s view of Christmas as a day charged with laughter and beauty, hope and regret—despite the difference in their religious, familial and economic backgrounds. Beyond the parties, television specials, shopping, gift exchanges, sermons and prayers, the book explores how Christmas has a way of shedding a twinkling light on people’s lives like no other day of the year.

Essay authors include novelist Michael Kun, Esquire magazine’s Tom Chiarella, award-winning memoirist Doug Crandall, playwright Eric Pfeffinger, best-selling author Philip Gulley, radio host Ed Wenck, novelist/writing teacher Dan Barden and journalist/retired Navy officer Todd Tucker. Also included are stories by Tim Farrell, Eric Furman, Peter Graham, Lou Harry, Brian D. Smith, Julia Spalding, Sam Stall, John B. Thomas, and Todd Tobias.

Lou Harry is editor in chief of Indy Men’s Magazine. He has written or co-written more than twenty books, including The High-Impact Infidelity Diet: A Novel, Creative Block, and Dirty Words of Wisdom. Todd Tobias is publisher of Indy Men’s Magazine and coauthor of Put the Moose on the Table.

The X-mas Men: An Eclectic Collection of Holiday Essays is 140 pages and available at the Indiana Historical Society’s Basile History Market gift store and at bookstores throughout Indiana in paper for $13.95. Indiana Historical Society members receive a 10-percent discount on the book when purchasing directly from the Basile History Market. To order, call (800) 447-1830 or order online at the Basile History Market.

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