SEASON'S GREETINGS

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight...

Here's an outtasight double-bill for the holiday season - Mark's brand new Christmas CD with his Sweet Gingerbread Girl Jessica Martin, plus the stories behind "White Christmas", "Jingle Bells", "Auld Lang Syne", and many other seasonal songs. And when you buy the book and CD together you save 15 per cent on the combined cover price!

Ever since Mark began his Monday morning "Song Of The Week" feature, some of his most popular essays have been those that mark the turning of the calendar - a song for Christmas or Easter, Spring or Fall... So here, in response to reader demand, is a handsome, illustrated 280-page hardback of Steyn's songs for the season, a musical calendar beginning at the stroke of midnight at New Year with "Auld Lang Syne" and continuing through "My Funny Valentine", "Summertime" and "Autumn Leaves" to "White Christmas". You'll also find the stories behind songs for Groundhog Day and Oscar Night, Labor Day and Halloween, and never before published essays on songs such as "Easter Parade", "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Loch Lomond". These stories are "part memoir, part tribute, part music criticism, and altogether brilliant," says Powerline's Scott Johnson.

And while you're reading, put the hi-fi on and enjoy Mark and Jessica's brand new Christmas CD, Making Spirits Bright. Jessica Martin is well-known to British TV and radio audiences as a superb impressionist, and to West End theatregoers as the star of Me And My Girl and Sunset Boulevard. Mark worked on Jessica's one-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival a few years ago, and, after the success of "A Marshmallow World", he's delighted he's talked her back in the studio for a full album of seasonal offerings. Kevin Amos conducts the orchestra in some swingin' arrangements of "Jingle Bells", "All I Want For Christmas Is You", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and other Christmas classics, plus the brand new holiday favorite "Runnin' On Eggnog", and a pair of Auld Lang solos - Mark takes on the perennial "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?", while Jessica responds with "The Perfect Year" from her stint in Sunset Boulevard.As Canada's leading newsweekly Maclean's says, "Mark Steyn is the new Bing Crosby."

And don't forget, Mark will be happy to autograph the book to you or your loved one.

SEASON'S GREETINGS $34.76