Merry Christmas from Orchard House (and from me!) – a look back over an extraordinary year, and a look ahead

2017 has been a banner year for Alcott fans (and more is promised in 2018 and 2019 as the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women looms). As a result it has also been quite the year for this blog! Especially within the last several months, the growth of readership has been extraordinary. I …

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A present to yourself: Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas stories

To paraphrase a famous line, "Christmas won't be Christmas without any stories!" Louisa's stories, that is. In honor of this magical season, here are all the posts I've done on Louisa's Christmas stories. Even though work on my research has precluded reading for pleasure for now (not to say that my work isn't immensely enjoyable), …

Yet another big announcement, and you can be a part of it!

I've been sitting on some pretty exciting news. Along with the release of River of Grace this October, I also have another book in the works, commissioned by a different publisher. And this one is all about Louisa May Alcott! The book will be launched in January of 2016. The publisher is ACTA; this book …

Merry Christmas from Louisa May Alcott is My Passion!

For your Christmas reading enjoyment, here is a link to all the posts I've done on Louisa's Christmas stories. And of course, you can always turn to Little Women - here is a wonderful (and free) dramatic reading to carry you away. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott …

A Louisa May Alcott Christmas: “The Little Red Purse”

From the Christmas Tales and Stories collection (Laura Ciolkowski, editor) comes a sweet, albeit typical offering from Louisa May Alcott known as "The Little Red Purse." Even though the essence of the story is very familiar (rich little girl learns how good it is to give to the poor), Louisa always manages to insert something …

A Louisa May Alcott Christmas: “A Christmas Turkey, and How It Came”

From the Barnes and Noble collection of Christmas stories by Louisa May Alcott called Christmas Tales and Stories (edited by Laura Ciolkowsk) comes a sweet tale with a lot of fodder between the lines for those of us well-acquainted with the life of Miss Alcott. "A Christmas Turkey, and How It Came" The premise is familiar: a …

Rewriting “A Christmas Carol” for children: “A Christmas Dream and How It Came True”

I came across an article on Scotsman.com about why we so often associate Charles Dickens with Christmas  (see The father of Christmas: What the festive season owes to Charles Dickens) and it really opened my eyes. The influence of Charles Dickens Despite that fact that I have read so little of Dickens, I could still …