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First Book Friday

Posted at 5:30 AM on October 23, 2009 by Dale Connelly (21 Comments)

Congratulations to the winners of tickets to a show by Loudon Wainwright III and Chris Smither on October 31st. Cliff, Judith and John, all of Minneapolis, will be there courtesy of The Cedar Cultural Center and Radio Heartland. Thanks, everyone, for entering.

We had an amazing first day of the drive yesterday. If you were one of the 3,000 listeners who helped earn the Member Challenge Fund money, thanks!

If you were already in the fold before the day started, a salute to you as well.

If you're not a member yet, what are you waiting for?

It's First Book Friday, building on our successful collaboration with First Book last spring. Becoming a member of Minnesota Public Radio at the $10 per month level means First Book will be able to provide a Minnesota child in need with a new book - thanks to you!

Last spring we had a great discussion about books we loved as children. One of my favorite comments from that day came from John, who said:

I still have my first and most precious book and, in fact, am looking at it as I write this. It's called "Willy Woo-OO-oo" written by Betty Ren Wright and illustrated by Florence Sarah Winship, and published in 1951 by Whiteman Publishing of Racine, WI. They published a series of Tell-a-Tale books with names like "The Fuzzy Duckling," "Little Pony" and "Franky the Fuzzy Goat." :-)

"Willy Woo-OO-oo" is a big red fire truck (What are you?) with a siren on his nose and "a bright red light that winks and glows." He is driven by Fireman Jim and has a best friend: Pumping Engine Pete. And, oh yes, Daisy rides in the front seat. I've read this book to my son and, now, to both of my young grandchildren.
Thanks RH friends for letting me tell this memory of my childhood!

Posted by John | May 13, 2009 6:19 AM

Today in honor of First Book Friday, I'm asking you to recommend a book you've read LATELY.

Here's mine: "How I Became a Famous Novelist" by Steve Hely.

Hely's comic novel is a one-stop shopping for a catalog of everything that's silly about the publishing industry today. His protagonist, Pete Tarslaw, resolves to become a best-selling author. He does it by studying the success of others, which leads to the joke that hooked me - Tarslaw writes a road trip buddies book called "The Tornado Ashes Club," with a hero who accompanies his grandmother on a mission to throw her dead lover's ashes into a tornado.


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