Who’s publishing what?
What guy takes his granddaughter to the aquarium and spouts fish puns all day? In Grandfather Knows Best: A Geezer’s Guide To Life, Immaturity, And Learning How To Change Diapers All Over Again, nationally syndicated humorist Jerry Zezima writes about the joys of grandparenthood and the things one man will do for the little girl who has captured his heart. He’s the author of the Leave It to Boomer and The Empty Nest Chronicles and serves as president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
After the 2014 workshop, Carmen Estévez Phelan found the courage to self publish her first book, Checkout Girl Harassed by Love Struck Customer, through Braughler Books. It’s a multicultural comic romance that’s billed as “a quirky, warm-hearted novel about love and its many surprises.”
Helen Reese recently published her debut novel, Project Ex. She’s also a contributor to Listen to Your Mother, a collection of essays released last spring that highlights motherhood’s joys and challenges. In addition to her day job as social worker, Helen has worked as a freelance writer and publicist.
Blogger Amy Koko bears her soul in her witty, bittersweet memoir, There’s Been A Change of Plans: Divorce, Dating & Delinquents in Mid-life. In the literary tradition of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Koko’s memoir details her journey from hearing the news that her husband is in love with a blonde, thirty-something Swiss pastry chef to trying everything from thong underwear to a mini-facelift to save her marriage, only to see it die in the parking lot of gas station.
Thurber Prize-winning humorist Dan Zevin has published The Little Miss and Mr. Me Me Me Parody Series, described as hysterical parodies that feature “adorably damaged adults who’ll make you laugh (and cringe) in recognition.” Two of his previous books, Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad and The Day I Turned Uncool, were optioned by Adam Sandler, and the latter is now being developed as a sitcom by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.
In Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson (“the Bloggess”) explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny says she does best. O, The Oprah Magazine says “Lawson’s self-deprecating humor is not only gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate; it allows her to speak…in a real and raw way.” In 2012, she published the wildly popular Let’s Pretend This Didn’t Happen: A Mostly True Memoir.