Janet Emily Demarest

Storyteller, Author and Educator

Welcome!

Storyteller Janet Emily Demarest has been bringing the past to life, entertaining and educating audiences for nearly fifteen years with her unique storytelling style, and her insightful versions of historic American tales and traditions. Her first book, "Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island" was released in September, 2014. Her newest book, "A Merry, Very Victorian Christmas!" launched on November 1, 2016.

Her insight on values, as seen through the spectrum of American history, brings her to universities and adult groups for lectures dealing with isolating values and "listening first, talking later". She is currently working on a new book dealing with a similar concept for children.

Can a fruitcake really last forever?


Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? When did we start enjoying Christmas trees inside our homes? What is the actual title to the poem that begins "T'was the Night Before Christmas"? And - goodness! - what malady did Tiny Tim really suffer from? Carols, trivia, history, beloved poems and a little bit of everything from the Victorian era (1837-1901) that became America's most popular and beloved Christmas traditions today can be found in "A Merry, Very Victorian Christmas!"

Was Goody Garlick of East Hampton really a ... witch?


From the brave men and women of Washington’s spy ring to sagas of lost romance, from astonishing animals to “things that went bump in the night”, these stories reveal an intriguing and often humorous legacy of a Long Island that few today ever knew existed!

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Selected Works

Christmas History and Traditions
Filled with amazing and obscure facts, the fascinating stories and histories of the things we do at Christmas every year - often without ever understanding why! - is certain to delight young and old alike.
Nonfiction
From Manhattan to Montauk, to read alone or aloud, the best loved legends and lore of Long Island!