Our contributing editor and former colleague Joseph Bottum, now resident in his native Black Hills of South Dakota, has (we think unexpectedly) added Christmas Laureate to his distinguished résumé. His Kindle Single The Christmas Plains was a big hit last season, and is now published in hardback/e-book form by Random House.

And with the new holiday season also comes a new Christmas e-book, Wise Guy: A Christmas Tale, now available on Amazon. It tells the biblical story of Balthasar, one of the three Wise Men, transforming him into a Wise Guy who faces a Christmastime dilemma. The Scrapbook chooses to reveal no more​—​except to say that Wise Guy is a delightful tale, written with the author’s sure touch, and certain to charm readers and those to whom it is read.

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