Who’s publishing what?
Leslie F. Cox recently published her first novel, Bless Y’alls Hearts: When Momma’s A Tarnished Southern Belle. One Amazon reviewer described her writing as “Erma Bombeck meets Lewis Grizzard.”
Humorist Anne K. Bardsley‘s book, How I Earned My Wrinkles: Musings on Marriage, Motherhood and Menopause, is inspired by everyday life. Available for the Kindle and in paperback, it’s been described as “funny, wise and open-hearted.”
Donna Gephart’s new book for tweens, Death by Toilet Paper, has been published by Penguin Random House. She’s celebrating its release by supporting Bess the Book Bus, a mobile literary outreach program that gets books into the homes of underprivileged children and families around the country. You can help promote literacy by either making a donation or buying a copy for a child in need.
Columbus writer, two-time winner of the Thurber Treat Award and 14-time runner-up for Father of the Year (as voted on by his family), Noell Wolfgram Evans has just released a collection of short stories entitled We Are Not All Winners. The collection focuses on those everyday moments that are too often overlooked such a stone statue that comes alive with the sole intent of playing bingo or the struggles a spy undergoes when choosing his own torture method.
Mike Sacks has re-released a longer version of his 2009 book, And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers, complete with an extra 200 pages and never-before-seen interviews. In June, Viking/Penquin published his fourth book, Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers. He has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Radar, Funny or Die, MAD, New York Observer, Premiere, Believer, Vice, Maxim, Women’s Health and Salon. He has worked at The Washington Post, and is currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair.
Wanda M. Argersinger and Jody Worsham credit the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop for bringing them together to collaborate on the newly published Kin We’re Not Related To As Told By Mabel and Maybelle. Even though Jody claims, “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthing no book,” the two have sent out a “birth” announcement. Congrats to the proud authors!
Jennifer Grant has two new books coming out in fall 2014. Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels releases in October and is endorsed by theologians of various flavors — and even comedy talk show host Pete Holmes. Her other new release, Wholehearted Living: Five-Minute Reflections for Modern Moms, lands in November. Jennifer is the author of two previous works of nonfiction: Love You More and MOMumental. She lives with her husband, four children (and a mutt named Shiloh) outside of Chicago. Find her online at jennifergrant.com and on Twitter @jennifercgrant.
Helene Cohen Bludman recently reviewed several humorous books — Delia Ephron’s new book of essays, Sister Mother Husband Dog and Stacia Friedman’s Tender is the Brisket and Nothing Toulouse — on her blog, Books is Wonderful: Telling My Story One Page at a Time. She gives a thumbs up.