People In Your Neighborhood: Author Joanna Wilson
by Brit Charek
Did you know that one of the co-founders of Akron Empire, Joanna Wilson, has an interesting day job? She’s a Christmas entertainment writer and the author of two books, Tis the Season TV: The Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV movies (2010) and The Christmas TV Companion (2009). Her special knowledge and exhaustive research has gotten her invited to appear as a commentator on the History Channel’s The Real Story of Christmas documentary and TV Guide Network’s 25 Most Hilarious Holiday TV Moments. Last year, she was asked to participate in the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Christmas TV movie The Homecoming and moderate The Waltons cast reunion that followed.
|Joanna is the author of Tis The Season TV as well as The Christmas TV Companion. Her third book will be released next month.|
Next month she has a new book coming out, Merry Musical Christmas Volume 1--the first in a series of five mini-books about watching your favorite Christmas carols in TV episodes, specials and movies. Volume one is devoted to the best of Christmas music performed within TV sitcoms and dramas.
She’s hosting a meet and greet at a local screening of the classic 1990 movie Home Alone on Dec. 15 at Plaza Cinemas at Chapel Hill. Before and after both screenings that evening, Joanna will be there to talk to people about their favorite Christmas entertainments--she will also have all three of her books for sale--you can even get one signed by the author! What a great gift idea. Check out the event on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/230306410412457/
Joanna is also excited to participate in the Santa Hustle 5k and Half Marathon race being held on Sunday, December 16th at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. Remember the cheering party she organized last September for the Akron Marathon? Joanna is also a runner and she will be running the 5k race on that day. Even if you’re not a runner, you can come to the Santa Hustle and cheer on the thousands of others all dressed as Santa Claus! Make sure to bring your camera. Then stop by the Post-Race Party and meet Joanna--this is another opportunity to pick up one of her books and ask her about your favorite Christmas TV special from your childhood.