This past Friday, I debuted the first episode of my new radio show, Once Upon a Story, on New Orleans 102.2 FM WHIV (“We Honor Independent Voices”). My inaugural show guest was Cornell Landry, author of Goodnight NOLA and many other New Orleans and Louisiana children’s books.
Here’s more about Cornell:
Steeped in New Orleans, just like a strong cup of coffee from Café Du Monde, Cornell Landry and his work embody the city he has known and loved for over 40 years. Born and raised just across the Mississippi River in what the locals call the Westbank, Cornell grew up in a family where he was surrounded by faith, tradition and delicious food every single day. He has dabbled in many fields, but his passion has always been cooking and New Orleans living. When his daughter, Corrine, was just about a year old, Cornell found his beloved city in despair in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. He decided that he would take on the task of molding his daughter’s perception about the place he adored. He would write a bedtime story about NOLA. His first children’s book, Goodnight NOLA, was published in 2009, and now has sold over 80,000 copies and is in its 15th printing. Since that time, he has written many more New Orleans-centric books. “I wanted Corrine to know that she was growing up in a special place, full of tradition,” he says. “I wanted to shine a light on the beauty and uniqueness of our city and let her know she has so much to be proud of.”
Later in the show, I talked about the Harry Potter flash mob. Here is the video. Enjoy!
I hope you’ll join me this Friday as I interview Candice Huber of Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop.
Remember, you can’t raise leaders if you don’t raise readers! Until next time…
Dianne de Las Casas