Humor writer of the month
Gina Barreca launched her publishing career with They Used to Call Me Snow White…But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor. University Press of New England is re-releasing the book with a new intro exploring the last two decades of women’s humor. Ms. Magazine calls Gina a “feminist humor maven” and Dave Barry grudgingly concedes she’s “Very, very funny. For a woman.”
With an irreverent sense of humor, nationally syndicated humor columnist and blogger Tracy Beckerman tells the tale of one woman striving to reinvent her life after motherhood in her newly published book, Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs (Perigee Publishing). Read the prologue. Her column is carried by more than 400 newspapers and 250 websites — and reaches 10 million readers.
Dave Fox is author of Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad and Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!). For 100 hours in March, he’s throwing a 100-hour global online writing festival. A member of the 2012 EBWW faculty, he teaches online travel and humor writing courses.
Lorraine Holnback Brodek‘s new humorous memoir, A Nobody in a Somebody World: My Hollywood Life in Beverly Hills, includes a book jacket endorsement from Erma Bombeck’s son, Matt. “Her stories about growing up in Beverly Hills, encounters with celebs and a near-death experience in the Grand Canyon with our family are priceless!” he wrote. She’s also the author of The Tale of Peeky Peeker, a whimsical children’s book. Click here for an excerpt of the book’s dedication to Erma Bombeck.
Maggie Lamond Simone, a national award-winning columnist, has written two books, From Beer to Maternity and POSTED! Parenting, Pets and Menopause, One Status Update at a Time. She blogs on the Huffington Post and has just signed on to be a co-creator of a new anthology series called Not Your Mother’s Book. Her humor and observational essays appear regularly in Family Times, a monthly parenting magazine in central New York.
DC Stanfa (The Art of Table Dancing: Escapades of an Irreverent Woman) and Susan Reinhardt (Not Tonight Honey, Wait ‘Til I’m a Size Six and Don’t Sleep with a Bubba) have “joined farces” to edit a humor anthology, Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook-ups, Break-ups and Crack-ups. The two met at the 2006 workshop, became “fast friends” and sought out a number of other EBWW faculty and participants for the book. Reinhardt, Tracy Beckerman, W. Bruce Cameron and Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant have all served on the EBWW faculty, and several other contributors are past winners of the writing competition.
Kevin McKeever, who blogs at Always Home and Uncool, swept the 2012 Connecticut Press Club column-writing awards competition and picked up two more top honors from the Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. His work appears regularly in the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate, and his scribblings also have been featured in the (New York) Daily News, The (Toronto) Globe and Mail, USA Today and The Huffington Post. McKeever describes himself as “Father. Husband. Writer. Goofball. Order Subject to Change.”
Andrews McMeel just published Lisa Alcalay Klug‘s second book, Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe, a humorous pop culture guide described as “a start-to-finish celebration of the strengths, challenges and triumphs of women.” Her bestselling book, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, was a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist. She’s an award-winning journalist, humorist, slam poet and popular public speaker.