I dropped in on the always entertaining Brad & Britt show on WSJS in the NC Piedmont Triad last Friday. We talked about moms (especially the unforgettable Mama Jo) for Mother’s Day. Donna Martinez was filling in for Brad Krantz. This is Part One. Tune them in weekdays from 3-6pm at 600AM. http://www.wsjs.com/showdj.asp?DJID=60553

Visit to the Murphy in the Morning show (WKZL 107.5 FM in the Triad) to talk about dolls, downsizing, and the power of MOM.                                                     WKZL online http://www.1075kzl.com/                                                             FB page they mention: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.258895660802497.86574.251819951510068&type=3

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For a signed copy of When I Married My Mother, what movie includes this sound bite? For extra credit, who are the actors? A winner will be chosen from all correct answers messaged to me privately through Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn by Monday 12/05/11 at 8 a.m.. 

NAME THAT CLIP for a signed copy of When I Married My Mother kicks off with a challenging one. What movie includes this sound bite? For extra credit, who is she talking about? Hint: 1941. A winner will be chosen from all correct answers messaged to me by Monday 11/28/11.  

11/28/11: Congrats to Jonathan Helfand of New York City for knowing it’s from the 1941 movie BALL OF FIRE. The woman referred to as “making whole civilizations topple” was Sugarpuss O’Shea (one of my all-time favorite names) played by Barbara Stanwyck. 

Jo’s guided tour of John Waters’ latest memoir.

David Ford, host of Triad Arts Up Close on the Triad’s NPR affiliate WFDD, is a GREAT interviewer. This is 8 minutes long with music included and has everything you need to know about the Bookup and the ones coming up this week. This was recorded before author Tim Pegram was confirmed for all three events.

I swear they were like this when I woke up this morning.

I swear they were like this when I woke up this morning.

#RIP Bob Marley. A snippet from an interview I did with him in Miami October 6, 1980.

Dr. Maya Angelou on The Bookup

April 7, 2011

Dear Ms. Maeder,

It is easier for me to trust people who read than those who talk, and even those who talk about reading.  Writers need readers desperately and whether they know it or not, readers need writers desperately.

One hand washes the other.  The aspect of one hand trying to wash itself is pitiful. But, when the two get together, Ah! There’s a possibility of success. 

I support The BOOKUP and let us all say, “Here’s to BOOKUP”!

Maya Angelou

My first Tumblr entry is a classic. Morning stars Rod Davis and Lora Songster on  WMAG (99.5FM/Triad) had me on to talk about The Bookup, but the far more entertaining reason to listen is the opening exchange over Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Comet and grits anyone?