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Cursed with mirth

Sam G. Riley, who’s taught journalism at Virginia Tech since 1981, pokes fun at modern-day American life in his new book, Mostly Merry Commentary: From the Mezzanine of the Ivory Tower.  It’s a compilation of commentary from the Roanoke Times and the Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va.

Lost characters

Molly Campbell, a two-time Erma Bombeck Writing Competition winner, is publishing her first book, Characters in Search of a Novel, this fall. She credits the workshop for inspiring her to take this next leap.

Wedded bliss

Darlene Sneden‘s humorous essay, “The Perfect Pair of Sunglasses,” appears in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul, Married Life.

Saralee Perel

Here’s what happens when you write your own obit. Saralee Perel, who won 2012 awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for humor and general interest writing, describes herself as a 55-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who rehabilitates a swaggering Charlie Sheen and will be buried, according to her wishes, with the Oscar she won for writing and starring in the remake of the “Titantic.” In reality, the Cape Cod writer did just publish a book of columns, Cracked Nuts & Sentimental Journeys: Stories From a Life Out of Balance.

A life out of balance

Saralee Perel, an award-winning nationally syndicated columnist from Cape Cod, has just published a new book, Cracked Nuts & Sentimental Journeys: Stories From a Life Out of Balance. Her column, which runs in 44 newspapers, has appeared in the nation’s leading publications, including Family Circle magazine, Woman’s World, Funny Times and Animal Wellness.

I’ll take a wife

Lisa Smith Molinari, an 18-year Navy spouse, mother of three and humor columnist, published an article, “I Want a Wife, Too” in the May issue of Military Spouse magazine. Check out her blog for her weekly column that’s also published in the Indiana Gazette and on the Stars and Stripes Military Moms website.

True confessions

Katherine Turski’s humor essay, “Confessions of a Husband Beater,” appears in the latest of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader (Flush Edition). She also published a short story in The Anthology From Hell — Humorous Stories From Down Under (Yard Dog Press).

Unwavering loyalty

W. Bruce Cameron, part of the 2012 EBWW faculty, has published A Dog’s Journey, a sequel to the New York Times‘ best-selling novel A Dog’s Purpose. Bruce has always loved dogs, which he concedes puts him in a “unique category with maybe two or three billion people.”

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