Jan Karon

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Jan Karon is an American writer and novelist, who has written for both children and adults. Karon was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1937, as Janice Meredith Wilson.[1] She retired from a career in advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to write. Among her awards are an ABBY Honor award for books in the Mitford series, set in the fictional community of Mitford, North Carolina.[2] She has been designated a lay Canon for the Arts in the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy (Illinois) by the Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC.[3]



The Mitford Years[edit]

  • At Home in Mitford (1994)
  • A Light in the Window (1995)
  • These High, Green Hills (1996)
  • Out to Canaan (1997)
  • A New Song (1999)
  • A Common Life: the Wedding Story (2001)
  • In This Mountain (2002)
  • Shepherds Abiding (2003)
  • Light from Heaven (2005)
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (2014)
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (September 22, 2015)

The Father Tim Novels[edit]

  • Home to Holly Springs (2007)
  • In the Company of Others (2010)
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (2014)

Children's books[edit]

  • Miss Fannie's Hat (1998)
  • Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny (2000)
  • Violet Comes to Stay (2006)
  • Violet Goes to the Country (2007)

Christmas books[edit]

  • The Mitford Snowmen (2001)
  • Esther's Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story (2002)


  • Patches of Godlight: Father Tim's Favorite Quotes (2001) - religious quotes used in the Mitford series
  • The Trellis and the Seed: A Book of Encouragement for All Ages (2003)
  • Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader (2004)
  • A Continual Feast: Words of Comfort and Celebration, collected by Father Tim (2005)
  • The Mitford Bedside Companion (2006)


Current biography at Penguin

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