Warm Up to Christmas

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

It's the most wonderful time of the year and we at Sea and be Scene are so fortunate to find ourselves surrounded by kind and kindred spirits – festive friends to help us celebrate our SEAson of Giving.

Throughout the year we've joined forces with the good folks at Flanker Press in St.John's, NL – because of them so many wonderful books have been celebrated here... and given away! And now that the holidays are upon us - we're uniting again so that YOU can Warm Up to Christmas with some really SEAsonal reads.

Every day this week – we'll tell you about a marvelously merry book – and every day you'll have a chance to WIN it!!! You're feeling warmer already - right?!

winner 1 Dianna Gallant

"Classic Christmas Stories" by Frank Galgay

Classic Christmas Stories by Frank GagayBestselling author Frank Galgay offers up this collection of his personal favourites from a wide variety of Canadian writers. Spanning 160 years, "Classic Christmas Stories" includes heartwarming tales of Christmases from pastoral Canadian towns, to hustling and bustling cities where the Christmas spirit can often be woefully hard to find.

The stories and anecdotes illustrate how the season has changed in meaning and value with the march of time and contain allegories of the joys of gift-giving and receiving for readers of all ages.

NL Author - Frank GalgayFrank Galgay is a prominent Newfoundland educator and author. He served as a teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Education until his retirement in 1997. Mr. Galgay is the author and co-author of sixteen books pertaining to Newfoundland history, education, and folklore. He is married to the former Rosemary McDonald and they have four children, Colleen, Sean, Brendan, Matthew; and four grandchildren, Erin, Megan, Aidan, Madeline. Mr. Galgay resides in St. John’s and is serving a fourth term as a St. John’s City Councillor.

Carol Anne Mercer winner 2

"A Newfoundland Christmas" by Dawn Baker

A Newfoundland Christmas by Dawn BakerSarah and her brother, Michael, are not happy when they learn that they will be going down home for Christmas. But when they see what a Newfoundland Christmas has to offer, they quickly change their minds! Join Sarah and Michael as they taste delicious Newfoundland treats, chop down their own Christmas tree, go on a sleigh ride, and experience their first Christmas in outport Newfoundland.

With beautiful illustrations and a helpful glossary of words from Newfoundland and Labrador, this charming book is one that your family will enjoy for many Christmases to come!

This book has been shortlisted for the 2012 Heritage and History Book Awards.

NL author Dawn BakerDawn Baker has been a full-time visual artist and children’s writer since 1992. She grew up in Glenwood, Newfoundland, and has lived in Gander since she was a teenager. Dawn has a bachelor of education (post-secondary) and a certificate in library studies, both from Memorial University, and has served on the board of directors of The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2006.

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Leigh Ann Le Blanc winner #3

"Christmas Treasures" by Lisa Ivany and Robert Hunt

Christmas Treasures by Lisa Ivany and Robert HuntLisa Ivany and Robert Hunt have produced another memorable collection of short stories. The stories contained herein focus on the Christmas season as it is known to the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. Covering many genres and themes, this book offers something for all readers’ tastes. It deals with a wide variety of subjects, from a teenage girl injured by a high school bully, to a nursing home resident afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, to a mysterious church singer with the voice of an angel. Also included is “Lucky’s Discovery,” the third installment in the trilogy known to Ivany and Hunt’s readers. Readers of all ages will enjoy the Christmas Trivia sections, and for extra flavour, a special Favourite Christmas Recipes section, containing over forty Christmas recipes, has been added at the back of the book.

Lisa Ivany and Robert HuntLisa Ivany lives in Gander and works full-time as a psychiatric secretary and part-time as an orthopedic executive assistant at the James Paton Memorial Hospital. When not working or writing, she loves to cook, walk, read, and cross-stitch.

Robert Hunt was born and raised in St. John’s, where he still lives. He is the father of two children, Stephen and Heather. Robert’s other books include Christmas Memories, At Heart, and Christmas Treasures, all co-written with Lisa J. Ivany.

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"The Gift of Christmas" by Nellie P. Strowbridge

The Gift of Christmas by Nellie P. StrowbridgeFrom the author of the bestselling "Far From Home" comes an unforgettable volume of Christmas stories and poetry set in modern-day Newfoundland. While drawing on her own memories of growing up in outport Newfoundland, Nellie Strowbridge recaptures sights and sounds of the festive season that will fascinate and tantalize even readers from afar with nostalgic reverie. As an added treat, contained herein are her poems and musings on the true meaning of Christmas. This book is a gift of love from an author who holds dear to her heart the time-honoured values of family and home. As well, it is a gift that promises to touch the lives of all who wish to share in her fondest memories of this most magical time of year. "The Gift of Christmas" is a collection that will warm the hearts and stir the souls of young and old alike.

Nellie P. Strowbridge is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most beloved and prolific authors. She is the winner of provincial and national awards and has been published nationally and internationally. Her work is capsuled in the National Archives as Newfoundland’s winner in Canada’s Stamp of Approval Award for a letter written to Canada 2117.

Strowbridge, a former columnist and editorial writer, an essayist and an award-winning poet, is a seventeen-time winner in the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Awards. She has been Writer in the Library, a mentor to young writers, an adjudicator in the Provincial Arts and Letters Awards, an assessor on the Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Committee, and a judge on the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. She has held school workshops in Canada and Ireland, and also hosted a Seminar/Gabfest for International Women’s Day in Cobh, Ireland, where she was Writer-in-Residence. The Canadian Embassy in Dublin also sponsored a reading and reception.

The author is a member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Writers’ Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets (Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Representative), and Page One.

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"Where Christmas is Christmas"
by Frank Galgay & Michael McCarthy

When seasons change and Christmastime is upon us once again, hearts and minds turn to the people and memories that are as special to us as the holiday season itself. It is a time when old feuds are settled, old grudges lost, and all debts are paid in spirit. The child with the widest eyes and words of the wisest and most elderly gentleman tell all that Christmas lives on, and in no other place can this be seen with such delight and enthusiasm than in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Where Christmas is Christmas is a collection of cherished Christmas memories; it is an invitation to experience the distinctive, homespun, Newfoundland and Labrador Christmas. In reflecting upon the many stories and holiday customs contained in the selections in this book, you will enjoy the nostalgia of yesteryear and savour the many events which have been associated with the celebration of the Christmas season in this province.

So, turn the page and rekindle the memories and experiences of the older generation in Christmas past. These heartwarming stories will encourage readers young and old to retain all that is good and beautiful in traditions as we all continue to celebrate the unchangeable message of the Christmas season.

Frank Galgay is a prominent Newfoundland educator and author. He served as a teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Education until his retirement in 1997. Mr. Galgay is the author and co-author of sixteen books pertaining to Newfoundland history, education, and folklore. He is married to the former Rosemary McDonald and they have four children, Colleen, Sean, Brendan, Matthew; and four grandchildren, Erin, Megan, Aidan, Madeline. Mr. Galgay resides in St. John’s and is serving a fourth term as a St. John’s City Councillor.

Michael J. McCarthy was born in St. Jacques, Fortune Bay, moving to Terrenceville at the age of five, where he attended school until grade eleven. He attended Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Ottawa, graduating with an MA. in Literature. He taught in a number of communities until his retirement in 1986. Michael McCarthy is the author of three novels and a history book. He is the co-author of several more books and has written for several magazines, as well as for radio and television. He was married to the former Ann Hamlyn, and they had two children: Michael and Karen.


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Enter to WIN this wonderful book by simply emailing the TITLE of it to [email protected] – it's just that easy.

PLEASE NOTE: In order for your entry to be eligible you MUST include your name, address and contact information and be sure to put FLANKER in the subject line. You may enter the contest as often as you would like however only 1 correct entry per email address will be accepted within a 24 hour period.

We'll close the contest for this book tonight (11/30/12) at 12 midnight AT and our winner will be chosen at random from all those correct entries received by that time.

We'll announce our winner tomorrow along with another Warm Up to Christmas selection.

Good Luck!!! SABS

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