HOLIDAY BOOK FESTIVAL NAMES “THE ROOFTOP CHRISTMAS TREE” FOR TOP HONORS
HOLLYWOOD_ The tale of a mysterious man who always puts a Christmas tree on top of his house is the grand prize winner of the 2015 Holiday Book Festival.
“The Rooftop Christmas Tree” by Landria Onkka (Outskirts Press) is the story of reclusive Mr. Landis, who has always topped his home with a tree, and always been in trouble with the authorities because of the practice. He annually spends Christmas in jail, until two young attorneys take an interest in his case. Inspired by a true story, the ending is a testament to faith, hope and Christmas miracles.
Onkka and other winners will be honored at a private reception in Hollywood on July 25.
Other winners in the competition:
WINNER: “The Sailor and the Christmas Tree” – Deana Driver
RUNNER-UP: “The Mouse House..In the Spirit of Christmas – Suzy McGregor
WINNER: “Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas” – Michael Leach, James Keane, Doris Goodnough, editors
RUNNER-UP: “Hollywood Clown” – Jason Lassen
WINNER: “The Rooftop Christmas Tree” – Landria Onkka
WINNER: “Santa – The Naughty List” – Laura Ambler/Mala Burt
RUNNER-UP: “As Close to Grace As I Dare” - David Kessler
WINNER: The Ultimate Anti-Cancer Cookbook – Pam Braun
WINNER: “Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes” – edited by Janiss Garza