Who’s publishing what?
Amy McVay Abbott contributed an essay for These Winter Months: The Late Orphan Project Anthology, a collection of stories about the death of a parent. The focus is not the grief, the sense of loss, the terrible sadness, but rather the simpler things. This is about the intricate and universal workings of family — regrets, learning, problem solving, daily life, and most definitely, love. The book won top prize in the compilations/anthologies category at the 2016 Great Midwest Book Festival.
DeeDee Filiatreault, a regular housewife with fairly normal kids (if there is such a thing), has collected all of her tough, messy and often hilarious family moments into one handy book, Tales from the Crib (Skyhorse Publishing, November 2016). This collection of DeeDee’s favorite columns and writings spans her first near-decade in the mom business. Reading it is like plunking down next to that funny mom at playgroup. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll feel less lonely in this thing.
Kathy Shiels Tully’s essay, “A Stroke of Blessings,” appears in the newly published Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude. It’s her second essay published in the popular book series. She’s a regular correspondent for The Boston Globe and The Boston Globe Magazine, where she writes about intriguing people, travel, food, lifestyle, human interest and parenting. Her work also has appeared in national, regional and online magazines, including FamilyFun, The Writer, NCLR’s Agenda, Lola, Boston Parents Paper, Cape Cod Magazine, schoolfamily.com, New Hampshire To Do and Merrimack Valley Magazine.
Inspired by her time at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Jen Tucker has written a whimsical children’s book, A Visit to Mackinac Island. Illustrated by Jennifer Powell and published by Braughler Books, the book “brings to life a journey to remember along the streets of Michigan’s Gem.”
Yvonne deSousa’s memoir, MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis, is a lighthearted, humor-filled, inspiring look at the year following her diagnosis. Richard M. Cohen, New York Times’ bestselling author of Blindsided and Strong at the Broken Places, said it “combines defiance with humor, the secret weapon of the sick.”
Drawing from the pain and joy of her own life experiences, Sharon Dillon teaches practical methods for living a peaceful and balanced life in her first book, Echoes of Your Choices: Laughter, Peace, and Joy. She’s been a reporter for several newspapers and magazines in Wisconsin and Virginia.
New England author Sharon Love Cook has published her third Granite Cove mystery: Laugh ’til You Die. Protagonist Rose McNichols, a reporter for the Granite Cove Gazette, moonlights as a stand-up comic at nursing homes. “I actually did this not too many years ago. It’s not a career path I’d encourage, however,” says Cook, who designs her own book covers. Previous Granite Cove mysteries include A Nose for Hanky Panky and A Deadly Christmas Carol.
Award-winning humorist Ernie Witham has published his third book, Where are Pat and Ernie Now? He writes a syndicated humor column, “Ernie’s World,” for the Montecito Journal that is syndicated through Senior Wire Service. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Barbara News-Press, various magazines and more than two dozen anthologies. He serves on the faculty of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, where he has taught humor for more than 10 years.