A CHRISTMAS BEACON
Mark Duffield, owner of the Boston gift shop Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, has turned his love of storytelling into a heart-warming book, The Last Shepard: Tales of the Tenth Ornament ($16.95, Three Bean Press). Illustrated by Don Sherwood, the colorful oversize book tells the story of a disgruntled reporter investigating the mysterious death of a Boston shop owner on Christmas Eve. Written to appeal to older children, the story traces the dawning of hope and a belief in human kindness in a cynical young man, who learns that people are inherently good if you look hard enough. A portion of the book sale proceeds benefits cancer research at Mass General Hospital for Children. For information, go to www.threebeanpress.com.