Sep 27 2013

Christmas in September

Special to the Island Eye News

A book launch party will be held on Saturday, October 5 to celebrate the publication of Christmas in the Imperfect Tense, a collection of true stories of “holidays gone wrong” by local author Joyce Putnam Eblen. Joyce, a 30-year resident of the Isle of Palms, shares stories spanning from the 1950s up through 1989, the first Christmas after Hurricane Hugo.

Although these stories represent actual events in the author’s life, they represent how the holiday season really plays out in the lives of many people. Unlike the idyllic scenes depicted in TV commercials and on Christmas cards, the holidays in real life include relatives who don’t get along with each other, lights that burn out as soon as they are hung, and meals in which some important item is forgotten or burned. The author hopes that her readers will see themselves and they people they know in these humorous stories.

The book launch party is free and open to the public, although participants are asked to bring a folding chair for seating. It will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Jazzercise studio at 493 La Mesa Road in the Riverside Center off of Long Point Road.

Joyce will be giving a reading from the book at the event and signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Christmas in the Imperfect Tense by Joyce Putnam Eblen can also be purchased online at or by calling 1-877-BUYBOOK. One dollar from the purchase of each book will be donated to Operation Christmas Child to send shoebox gifts to children in desperate circumstances throughout the world.

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