Every year for more than three decades, Murrayvilleâ€™s Mike Mason has celebrated Christmas by writing a story for friends.
â€œNow, Iâ€™ve collected 21 of these into a book that comprises a wide variety of tones, from lighthearted to serious, and genres from realistic fiction to parable to childrenâ€™s fantasy,â€ said Mason, who is unveiling his new book, Twenty-One Candles: Stories of Christmas, this weekend.
All the stories, he said, are suitable to read aloud around the fireside on Christmas Eve, and each shed light on what Mason calls the deeper meaning of Christmas.
In the past 30-plus years, Mason has published half a dozen devotional books, three collections of short stories, and a pair of childrenâ€™s fantasy novels (The Blue Umbrella and The Violet Flash).
Now, while working on a weekly blog, and writing a novel about angels, heâ€™s releasing this new anthology of Christmas stories just in time for the holidays.
â€œTurning to novel writing at age 50 has meant a radical change,â€ Mason said.
â€œIn many ways Iâ€™ve had to learn my craft all over again, and work through many fears and insecurities. The result, however, is deeply satisfying, and now with more fiction on the way I have a renewed sense of challenge and joy in my work.â€
Given that heâ€™s a Murrayville resident and a huge fan of the nearby Porterâ€™s Bistro Coffee and Tea House (which served as the backdrop of his last book, The Violet Flash), he said itâ€™s natural that site will again be the location of his newest book launch on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
The launch, Mason said, will include a dessert buffet, a jazz trio, and book giveaways. Tickets for the event are $8 and available in advance at Porterâ€™s or from Mason.
How to win:
An autographed copy of Mike Masonâ€™s Twenty-One Candles: Stories of Christmas
One lucky readers will win a signed copy of the Murrayville authorâ€™s newest book.
How do you win?
â€¢ Click on the live link in the online version of this story about Twenty-One Candles, and tell us why you want to win this book. You will be entered into the draw. Preference is given to Langley residents.
Postings must be received prior to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, and the winner will be notified by email. No staff or family of the Langley Advance or Glacier Media are eligible. You must include name and phone number.