The Southern Christmas Show returns this weekend to the Park Expo and Conference Center. 2021 marks the 54th year of the annual holiday show. The show will return to Charlotte from Thursday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 21, and will feature more than 400 vendors showcasing the latest gifts, treats, holiday décor, gourmet goodies, and much more! Additionally, several award-winning authors from Allen Media Strategies are also a part of the Southern Christmas Show.

Meet the authors of the Southern Christmas Show below: (bios were taken from a press release issued by the Southern Christmas Show)

  • Dreama Denver

    Dreama Denver is the wife of late TV-icon Bob Denver. Her latest award-winning poignant memoir “Gilligan’s Dreams: The Other Side of the Island” chronicles the behind-the-scenes stories of both the showbiz success and the behind-the-scenes family life of one of television’s most popular and enduring stars (the “Dreams” of “Gilligan’s Dreams” was Bob Denver’s loving nickname for Dreama). She will be at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte: Thursday, November 11, Friday, November 12, and Friday, November 19

    Get more info on Dreama Denver here.

  • Heather Dugan

    Heather Dugan is a relationship expert and award-winning author of  The Friendship Upgradewhich offers solutions for the socially sidelined. As we approach the Holiday season, this time of the year can be one of the major additional stress for those who feel a sense of loneliness. It’s also common for people to feel emotional distance from the people they’re with, resulting in feeling lonely even when in a room full of people. Heather has great and easy tips to add some cheer to solo holidays. Her ongoing study of the challenges and opportunities in relationships has made her a popular speaker at virtual conferences. She has been featured in The Daily BeastFox 5 D.C., In Touch Weekly, providing her insights on relationships. 

    She will be at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte: Thursday, November 18, and Friday, November 19

    Get more info on Heather Dugan here

  • Calvin FIsher

    Calvin Fisher is a sci-fi author, and his book Apocalypse Bounty,  the first in The Northfield Saga series, was released earlier this month. Calvin Fisher can share some insights on America’s obsession with the apocalypse. As we grapple with a pandemic, we’ve had armed insurrections at U.S. Capitol and COVID woes, many of us are still drawn to fictional depictions of apocalyptic events in our entertainment. His new book is an action-packed page-turner that follows the life of Mark Northfield, operating as a lone mercenary employed by a shadowy organization, making it a perfect gift for the holidays. Calvin has a near-encyclopedic knowledge of comic books and video games, a background in software engineering.

    He will be at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte: Friday, November 19, Sat, November 20, and Sunday, November 22

    Get more info on Calvin Fisher here

  • Ashley Belote

    Local Charlotte author-illustrator Ashley Belote has hit the publishing world jackpot, and her brand new children’s book “The Me Tree” is being released this week by Penguin-Random House, one of the publishing world’s most prominent and most respected book publishers. The book is a hilarious story of a bear who has had it with living with roommates. But when he finally finds his own tree (“just for me!”), he discovers that this perfect house may be home to several uninvited guests. The Me Tree: story combines charming characters with simple text, lively illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor to help boost kids’ confidence and create lifelong readers. Ashley Belote is the illustrator of FRANKENSLIME (Feiwel & Friends, 2021) and VALENSLIME (Feiwel & Friends, 2021). She is the author-illustrator of her solo debut picture book LISTEN UP, LOUELLA (Feiwel & Friends, 2022). The award-winning artist and author’s gorgeous new children’s books are perfect for Holiday gift-giving for little curious readers. 

    She will be attending the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte from November 11 – November 21

    Get more info on Ashley Belote here

  • Danny Boyd

    He is a producer and director, known for Paradise Park (1992), Chillers (1987), and Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers (1990). He is also the award-winning author of the children’s book ‘Wandala.’ 

    He will be at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte: Thursday, November 18, and Friday, November 19

    Get more info on Danny Boyd here

  • Kevin Miller

    Award-Winning and Best-Selling author Kevin D. Miller began his writing career after learning of a dark family secret. A secret so shocking; it inspired him to investigate deeper to find answers to his many questions. Kevin learned his real name is not Miller. His grandfather changed the family name in 1920 to bury a tragic family secret. A secret he took to his grave and never spoke about in his lifetime. Kevin chronicles that story in his first book, “HEART OF STEEL.” His second book, ‘White Skies, Black Mingo,’ inspired by Kevin’s great grandparents and their love for each other that stood the test of time, is a real page-turner set in West Virginia. It recounts the life and struggles of a courageous 12-year-old Margaret Davis (Kevin’s great grandmother) during the Civil War, torn between a divided country and love.He will be at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte: Sunday, November 14, and Monday, November 15.


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