December FestivalsFiction, Nonfiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 19971226
In this special anthology, we feature literature and commentary about the December holiday season. Rabbi Gerald Kane discusses the origins of Hanukkah and reads Grace Paley's widely anthologized short story, "The Loudest Voice." Dr. Maulana Karenga talks about why he founded Kwanzaa and the importance of the seven principles that are observed during the week-long celebration. Actor and storyteller Milton Gray, who created a Kwanzaa Principles program for the Kansas City Museum, shares a story inspired by the holiday. Novelist Priscilla Cogan provides a unique perspective on Christmas with her Native American character from her book Winona’s Web.
Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses what inspired her exploration of the...
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