Monday, April 02, 2007

"Leaving Microsoft" Founder on Oprah!

Some of you may recall that Leaving Microsoft to Change the World was my Book of the Year for last year, earning the coveted (ha!) spot in my signature for a month or so at the end of last year. Here's my November post on this wonderful book.

The book in a nutshell - Founder John Wood leaves a high-flying career at Microsoft to found a nonprofit, Room to Read, with the goal of building libraries and schools in developing countries. Since my last post on Room to Read, John has been busy conducting a worldwide book tour for Leaving Microsoft. In February, the organization announced a $1 million grant from The Goldman Sachs Foundation to support the continued build-out of Room to Read's educational programs in India. You can read about it in this WSJ article.

Tomorrow, John will be featured on Oprah, along with other folks who are making a difference. This segment is touted on Oprah's site, and is already generating lots of comments there. Oprah will be issuing a challenge to her audience to support RtR's work through a book drive at Oprah.com, which will raise funds for new local language books and libraries.

Set those DVRs! Having seen John on book tour in Boston, he will not disappoint.

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