Author Timothy Penland returns to Merry’s Christmas and Clowns for book signing

(Grapevine) October 30, 2012 – Author Timothy Penland returns to Grapevine to sign copies of his books at Merry’s Christmas and Clowns, located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine. The book signing event will take place on Thursday, November 8 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Penland is the author of the “Night Before” series which includes books such as The True Night Before Christmas, The True Night Before Easter, Dorothy and the Good Shepherd, The Night Before Jesus Fed 5,000 Men and more.

Penland’s most recently published works include The Night Before Patriots Filled the Harbor With Tea, The Night Before Pilgrims Stood on a Rock, The Night Before Jesus Ate with a Thief and The Night Before Jonah Slept in a Fish. The series has gained widespread attention from children and adults. Penland plans to author 60 titles when the “Night Before” series is completed. He is also the author of the “Lamplight Series,” which will include a retelling of ten Biblical parables.

Penland has been writing children’s stories and curriculum for over 20 years. In 1999, Penland wrote The True Night Before Christmas and dedicated it to his first granddaughter who was about to celebrate her very first Christmas. When the poem was published as a book, this same granddaughter, now 9 years old, became the illustrator. Penland also speaks to groups of all ages, including church groups, public and private school groups and a variety of other organizations.

Merry’s Christmas and Clowns is located at 309 S. Main St. in Grapevine, across from the Palace Theatre. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Merry’s Christmas and Clowns is open Mondays – Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For additional information about Grapevine, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit

Submitted by Leigh Lyons, Communications Manager, Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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