About Joanna Wilson



Joanna Wilson draws upon her academic background in film history and philosophy to create insightful commentary on pop culture of all kinds. She is the author of four books on Christmas entertainment, Triple Dog Dare: Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story (2016), Merry Musical Christmas, Volume One: The Best Christmas Music in TV Sitcoms & Dramas (2013), Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials, and Made-for-TV Movies (2010), and The Christmas TV Companion, a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials, and Outrageous Oddities (2009). She was interviewed for a recent article in the New York Times on the movie Silent Night. A lively and engaging speaker, she has appeared in two television specials as a commentator on Christmas entertainments. In 2010, she appeared in The Real Story of Christmas on the History Channel, and the TV Guide Network’s 25 Most Hilarious Holiday TV Moments. As an expert on Christmas TV movies, Wilson was invited to moderate the cast reunion for a screening of the 1971 TV movie The Homecoming in December 2011. The cast reunion for the 40th Anniversary of The Homecoming included members of the much-beloved TV series The Waltons. Wilson writes a regularly updated blog about Christmas on TV, from the popular to the rare, at www.ChristmasTVHistory.com. She publishes a daily Twitter post of Christmas programming airing on TV @tistheseasontv


"Joanna Wilson has put more thought into the Christmas season on TV than any 10 people you know, and that's just bad-ass."
--Galactic Watercooler

"...the holiday TV guru..."
--Ed Robertson, TV Confidential 

"...you ARE the Christmas Expert in Residence, in my opinion..."
--John Kenneth Muir, Reflections on Cult Film and Classic Television 

"Joanna Wilson is the Ken Burns of Christmas TV” 
--Sir John Hargrave, author of The Mischief Maker's Manual


Books by Joanna Wilson:
The Christmas TV Companion: a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials & Outrageous Oddities (2009)
Tis the Season TV: The Complete Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials, and Made-for-TV Movies (2010)
Merry Musical Christmas, Volume One: The Best Christmas Music in TV Sitcoms & Dramas (2013)
Triple Dog Dare: Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story (2016)

Social media:
Facebook pages: The Christmas TV Companion book
Tis the Season TV
Christmas TV History
Twitter: @TistheSeasonTV
YouTube channel: TistheSeasonTV
Blog: ChristmasTVhistory.com
IMDb listing: Joanna Wilson

Extended Resumé:

TV Appearances:
Guest Commentary: The REAL Story of Christmas (2010) for The History Channel
Guest Commentary: 25 Most Hilarious Holiday TV Moments (2010) for TV Guide Network
Interview: Teen Focus (2010) Cable 9, Northeast Ohio

Invited guest contributor for 40th Anniversary screen of TV movie The Homecoming, Loews Theater, Jersey City, NJ (2011)
Conducted on-camera interview of actor David Huddleston about 1971’s The Homecoming, 1985’s Santa Claus: The Movie, and his career (2011)


Radio:
Interview: Galactic Watercooler podcast #302, December 2011
Interview: Galactic Watercooler podcast #303, December 2011

Interview: TV Confidential #114, internet radio show, November 2011
Contributor: TV Confidential #118, December 2011
Contributor: TV Confidential #213, December 2013

Interview: Bloomington Review with Jim Inman on WGCL, December 2013
Interview on RadioOnceMore.com, December 2013
Interview: KringleRadio.com, July 2013
Interview: Cleveland Connection, 102.1 WDOK Cleveland radio, December 2009
Interview: Talk @ Ten, WPCR Port Clinton, July 2010
On-Air Guest: The Beyondophonic Action Hour with Tothar, LuxuriaMusic.com, May 2011

Author Speaking Appearances and Book Signings:
Library Programs: 
Reed Memorial Library, Ravenna OH (2013)

Akron Public Library (Nordonia Hills), Akron OH (2010)
Augusta Public Library, Augusta GA (2010)
Columbus Public Library, Columbus GA (2010)
Ida Rupp Public Library, Port Clinton OH (2010)

Independent Bookstore appearances:
Boswell Books, Milwaukee WI (2010)
The Book Cellar, Chicago IL (2010)
Chop Suey Books, Richmond VA (2010)
Taylor Books, Charleston WV (2010)
Mudsock Books and Curiosity Shoppe, Indianapolis, IN (2010)
Park Road Books, Charlotte NC (2010)
Ukazoo Books, Baltimore MD (2010)

Other Author Appearances/Book signings:
Christmas in March, Blue Arrow Records, Cleveland OH (2014)
The Hollywood Show in Chicago, IL (2013)
Special Guest: Holiday Screening of Home Alone, Plaza Cinemas at Chapel Hill, Akron Ohio (December 2012)
Official co-sponsor: Santa Hustle 5K & Half Marathon, Cedar Point, Sandusky Ohio (2012)
Square Records, Akron Ohio (2009, 2010, 2011)
Skullz Salon, Kent Ohio (2009)
Blue Arrow Records, Cleveland OH (2010)
Broken Tea Pot Restaurant, Woodruff SC (2010)

Additional Speaking Engagements:
Slide Jam presenter: "My Adventures as a Christmas Entertainment Writer," Akron Art Museum (2014)
Seminar Speaker: Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention "Entertaining Spirits: The Many TV Adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol" (2013)
Live On-Line Chat: MyMerryChristmas.com (2013)

Guest Moderator: The Waltons cast reunion and 40th Anniversary celebration (2011)
Guest Panelist: Akron Film + Pixel Festival “Guide to Blogging and Podcasting” (2011)
Workshop Instructor: Akron Film + Pixel Festival  “How to Read A Film” (2009), “How to Read A Film: Deconstructing Hitchcock’s Psycho” (2010)
Guest Lecturer: Barberton High School, Barberton, Ohio “How to Be a Research Writer” (2011)
Guest Storyteller: Family Literacy Night, DeWitt Elementary School, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (2012)

Contributing Writer/Guest Blogger:
Guest Contributor to INSP television network blog (December 3, 2012) 12 Days of Christmas--Treasured Movies for your Holiday Entertainment, and (December 6, 2012) Classic Christmas Episodes from Your Favorite TV Series on INSP
Member Classic TV Blog Association  
Contributing Blogger to Christmas Movie Blogathon at Family Friendly Reviews, 1987's A Child's Christmas in Wales (2013).
Guest Contributor to Christmas Flick blogathon (2013) Ideal Christmas Eve Line-Up
Contributing Blogger to Hammer Halloween Blogathon (2013) Cash On Demand
Guest Contributor to Holiday Film Reviews: TV movie An American Christmas Carol (2012),
 1967 Christmas episode of Bewitched (2013).
Guest Contributor to Cleveland Movie Blog (2011) A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street
Guest Contributor to Movie Fan Fare (2010) Cheers Christmas episode
Guest Contributor to Kindertrauma (2011) All in the Family Christmas episode “Edith’s Crisis of Faith”
Guest Contributor to Made For TV Mayhem (2010) Christmas TV movie The Gathering
Guest Contributor to Authors By Authors (2011) Buffy the Vampire Slayer Christmas episode “Amends”

Press:
New York Times (November 2012) "Ho, Ho, Homocide: Killer Santa is Back in Silent Night" by Erik Piepenburg
Chicago Gapers Block (2010) "Author Joanna Wilson, Your Christmas TV Companion" by Amy Ganser
OnMilwaukee.com (2010) "On Media: A Serious Interest in Holiday Television" by Tim Cuprisin
Charleston Daily Mail (2010) "Author is the Ghost of Christmas TV Specials Past" by Monica Orosz
The Augusta Chronicle (2010) "Talking Christmas Specials with Author Joanne Wilson" by Stephen Yusko
Richmond.com (2010) "Holiday Expert Comes to Chop Suey" by Robin Hertel
Youngstown Vindicator (2009) "Ex-Valley Resident Compiles TV Guide to Holiday Specials" by Elise Franco

Interview (2013) on The Retroist, by Caseen Gaines, book author of A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic.
Interview (2010) by Amanda By Night from Made for TV Mayhem
Authors By Authors (2010) "Christmas in July-My Interview with Author Joanna Wilson" by Kiki Howell


Book club and reading group guide for the Christmas TV Companion available upon request.

To contact Joanna Wilson about this blog: Joanna@1701Press.com

Joanna Wilson is available for speaking engagements, lectures, and consultations. Please contact: Dominic@1701Press.com