Introducing: The Christmas Spirits of Tradd Street by Karen White

A long-anticipated gift to her fans, this holiday season Karen White will release her first ever Christmas novel: the newest installment in her beloved Charleston-set Tradd Street series, The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street. This event will be held at The Country Bookshop.  

Karen White’s books have been nominated for numerous national prizes including the SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year, and she has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award. Many of her 25 novels have appeared on various bestseller lists: The New York Times, along with top rankings on the NYT ebook list, Bookscan, and USA Today. 

Karen will be signing copies of her new book The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street on November 4th at 5:30 pm at the Country Bookshop 140 NW Broad Street | Southern Pines, NC 28387

As a special treat for ONC readers, Karen shared with us her mother’s Derby Pie recipe!

Mom’s Derby Pie


  • ¼ C butter (softened)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • ¾ C White Karo syrup
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 T bourbon
  • ½ C chocolate chips
  • ½ C chopped pecans
  • 8” pie crust


  1. Cream butter, add sugar gradually.  
  2. Add beaten eggs, syrup, salt and vanilla.  
  3. Add chocolate, nuts and bourbon.  
  4. Stir well.  
  5. Pour into crust.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes.  
  7. Cool on wire rack.