Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Wrote Early Drafts of Several Chapters for MSU History Book
Some things take a little longer to come to fruition. This book is one of them. In 2012, Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) contracted me to join the history team to help them write the history of KBS. I worked on the project until 2015, researching and writing the early drafts of the first four chapters as well as helping Dr. George Lauff draft the prologue. Dr. Lauff, a former director of KBS wanted to see this project through. He did. Dr. Lauff died in August, 2019 at the age of 92 knowing the book was finished. In The Founders Footprints: A History of Michigan State University’s W. K. Kellogg Biological Station was released in November of 2019.
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Lucky me! I got to contribute to a humor book that was published in partnership with University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (EBWW) and seasoned author Allia Zobel Nolan a former senior editor at Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing, who now writes titles “from the Divine to the feline” from her office home in Connecticut.
When the EBWW put out its call for submissions they received well over 100 essays for consideration, from which they chose 40 that would end up in the final book. My essay “Being Graceful Isn’t Everything” was one they selected to include in the book LAUGH OUT LOUD: 40 WOMEN HUMORISTS CELEBRATE THEN AND NOW…BEFORE WE FORGET.
The anthology, Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget, has been named one of the best indie humor books of 2019 by the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. Complete winners list and finalists listed here.
Praise for Laugh Out Loud
“In the spirit of Erma Bombeck, one of the greatest humorists of all times, this collection celebrates the voice of women who are smart, strong and funny,” writes Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, New York Times’ bestselling authors of I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses, in the opening pages of the book. “From yoga poses to funeral arrangements to dating mishaps, these stories will not only entertain but also remind us that life is too short not to laugh.”
Betsy Bombeck, Erma’s daughter, says Laugh Out Loud honors her mother’s “sense of the ridiculous and shines a brilliant spotlight on the inane.
“The stories in this book reflect a philosophy she always believed: ‘If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.’”
“Don’t read it with a mouthful of coffee,” says authors Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff.
I am thrilled to be one of the writers Gina Barreca has invited to contribute to a new Woodhall Press anthology and can not wait to read the full table of contents. I am, no doubt, in good company!
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