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Joni Hirsch Blackman

"This Used To Be Chicago," from Reedy Press, came out Sept. 1. Put it on your list for anyone who loves Chicago nostalgia -- 90 Chicago places that used to be something else.

Steve Slavin

Dear fellow ASJA member: You are invited to a party to celebrate the publication of my latest book, which is about the demise of the American economy, and what we need to do to fix it. Linked is a video about the book. I hope you can make it to a media event and book-signing party on September 12th. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to view hundreds of Hirschfeld drawings. Despite what it says on the invitation, you’re not limited to business attire or festive dress. PS The food will be supplied by Season Kosher and Yonah Schimmel Knish. Associated website

Donna Kaz

Donna Kaz’s book, “UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour” has received the Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival’s Best Nonfiction Book Award of 2017. Her play “Stamina” was chosen for the Rockford New Play Festival and Live Girls Theatre’s Quickies17. Associated website

Beverly Gray

In celebration of the film's 50th anniversary, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill has just published Beverly Gray's Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How 'The Graduate' Became the Touchstone of a Generation."  Associated website

Natalie Canavor

Natalie Canavor has published two new books this summer: Business Writing for Dummies, 2nd edition (Wiley), a comprehensive guide and resource, and Workplace Genie: An Unorthodox Toolkit to Help You Transform Your Work Relationships and Get the Most from Your Career (Skyhorse). This book was co-authored with hypnotherapist Susan Dowell, and combines business communication and psychotherapy techniques to help readers improve their relationships with bosses and co-workers, and be their best selves at work. Associated website

Bonnie Biafore

My first self-published technical book, Practical Project Management with Microsoft Project 2016 was published in April 2017. UC Berkeley is using it as their textbook for Project classes and other universities are evaluating it. I'm working on self-publishing my book on QuickBooks. In addition, I continue to record courses for -- almost 30 in their library. Associated website

Mackenzie Havey

In her new book "Mindful Running," lifelong runner, coach, and fitness journalist Mackenzie L. Havey recounts her personal practice of meditative running and the influence it has had on her life. She taps a wide range of sources—from weekend warriors to Olympic runners, from coaches and sports psychologists to neuroscientists and meditation experts—to examine how training mental fitness through mindfulness can enhance your running practice and lead to a more contented existence. Associated website

Lisa La Valle-Finan

Thrilled to be accepted as Thrive Global writer of 101.culture.hacks - for American expats to thrive globally, one unwritten rule at a time Associated website

David Krueger MD

Just released: Destiny: An Uncommon Journey by David Krueger, M.D. Published by Listen and Live Audio Destiny: An Uncommon Journey is a timeless story of a fundamental journey through a new, and sometimes troubled waters to self-discovery. Destiny, the ship, embarks on a universal, yet unique odyssey; her story is inspiring, elegant wisdom of the hard-work miracle of navigating personal storms to achieve individual growth. Available at Associated website

Troy Anderson

Troy Anderson's new book, Trumpocalypse (Hachette, January 2, 2018), explores the enigmatic prophecies surrounding the Trump presidency and the link to end-time events. The investigative book is the sequel to his bestseller, The Babylon Code (Hachette, 2015). Associated website

mary ann sternberg

The 11th Annual Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is currently accepting submissions of fiction by rising African-American authors until the August 15 deadline. Both novels and short-story collections published in 2017 as well as galleys of forthcoming 2017 publication are eligible to win the $10,000 award which honors Louisiana native Ernest Gaines and his contribution to literature. The winner will be announced in November, followed by the award ceremony in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on January 18, 2018. Criteria for submissions, entry forms, and more information about the Gaines Award are available at Please direct questions to Lois Smyth at award sponsor, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, at Associated website

Dave Jaffe

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists has awarded Dave Jaffe 1st place in their columns contest for humor blogs under 50,000 unique monthly visitors for his blog, Sleeping between Giants: Life, if you could call it that, with a terrier. Associated website

elizabeth Meade Howard

Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Long and Well will be published in September by Jefferson Park Press.

Mary Collins

New book, At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces (Beacon) Associated website

Tara Lynne Groth

Tara Lynne Groth released MAGAZINE QUERIES THAT WORKED: BUILD INCOME AND AUTHORITY WITH FREELANCE JOURNALISM in June 2017. MQTW is a collection of all her successful queries, the stories behind each article, how much she was paid, when she was paid, and how her workflow changed as a result of writing each article. Associated website

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    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
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    – Ring Lardner
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    – Marguerite Yourcenar
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    – Somerset Maugham
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    – Christopher Hampton
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    – Lawrence Kasdan
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    – Flannery O'Connor
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    – Andrew Jackson
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    – Richard Curtis
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    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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    – Stephen King
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    – Chang–rae Lee
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