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Monday, September 19, 2016

Triple Dog Dare book

I'm excited to finally be able to share more information about my new book The Triple Dog Dare: Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story. I heard from quite a few of you about the project back in January after I posted this. Thank you for your support, enthusiasm and generosity. The photo above is the front cover artwork. And, the back cover includes the following text:
1 Woman. 1 TV. 1 Movie. 24 Hours.

Every year since 1997, Turner Broadcasting has aired 24-hours of A Christmas Story from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. The marathon has become a cultural phenomenon—many families tune in and watch the movie at least once—some watch several times. But no one watches all 24 hours, right?
Christmas TV writer Joanna Wilson trains her expertise on the 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story to find out what really happens when you watch all 12 screenings of director Bob Clark’s classic Christmas movie, non-stop, commercials and all. Along the way, she discusses the traditions of Christmas on TV, the nuances of Bob Clark’s filmmaking, the ongoing appeal of the movie and its relation to the multilayered, literary storytelling of Jean Shepherd, the activities of binge-watching and hyper-viewing—and she experiences what may or may not be the first recorded case of soap poisoning.

I'm also pleased to announce that the book will be released on October 15th, 2016. You'll be able to purchase the book through this website as well as the publisher's site: www.1701Press.com
and other fine book retailers.

You can also follow along with the details of the Triple Dog Dare on social media, on the Triple Dog Dare Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.

I'll share more as we get closer to the holidays!

Visiting A Christmas Story House and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, Spring 2016.


  1. This is awesome! As a longtime ACS fan - especially one who watches throughout the year - this will be a definite addition to the bookshelf!


    1. Thanks Jim! I appreciate your enthusiasm and support :D

  2. Sounds like a lot of fun, Joanna, and I adore the title!