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MANCHESTER >> Manchester Community Library extends a warm invitation to one and all to enjoy a fascinating look at the story behind the writing of "A Christmas Carol" as well as a special holiday reception featuring delectable hors d'oeuvres donated by some of the area's finest restaurants as well as mulled cider and wine. This holiday gift to the community takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Hunter Community Room of the Library.

During "Charles Dickens & the Writing of "A Christmas Carol," Lecturer Barry Deitz will discuss how Charles Dickens came up with the story and its unusual publishing history. In this illustrated talk, Deitz will also look at how this short book has impacted popular culture and shaped the modern celebration of the holiday.

Barry Deitz moved from North Carolina to Massachusetts two years ago, and has become a much sought after lecturer throughout the state. His background is in television and radio, having hosted a television movie review program and a radio Jazz program. Deitz has worked as a librarian and high school teacher, spent ten years working in bookstores, and engaged in community theater.

This special evening is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at the Library, 802-549-4577.