Peggy Gilley and Keith Kappes of Morehead are among 39 authors contributing to a new book published by the Jesse Stuart Foundation, just in time for Christmas gift giving.

“True Christmas Stories from the Heart of Appalachia” is a collection of 43 writings about the holiday season with 35 set in Kentucky and the remaining eight in neighboring states.

Kappes has three selections in the book, the most of any author. This is his third book as a sole author or contributor, all for the JSF.

For Gilley, a retired teacher, this is her first time to be published commercially.

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