Celebrate the season with strange-but-true stories behind some of the most familiar Christmas traditions. Learn about St. Nicholas’ grave robbers, the dissent-filled history of American Christmas trees, and a Santa letter scam artist at this evening of remarkable holiday history.
Alex Palmer is the author of The Santa Claus Man, the true story of a New York City huckster (and Alex’s great-granduncle) who used a Santa letter–answering scheme to make himself rich and famous. He is the author of two previous nonfiction books, and his work has appeared in Slate, Vulture, Smithsonian, the New York Daily News, and other outlets.
Bess Lovejoy is a staff editor at mental_floss, a former editor at Smithsonian.com and Schott’s Almanac, and the author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses.
Alison Kinney is the author of the forthcoming nonfiction book Hood (Bloomsbury/Object Lessons Series, January 2016). Her work has appeared online at Paris Review Daily, New York Times, The Atlantic, and Hyperallergic.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.