Since graduating, Barbara Tuerkheimer Paskoff ’66 has been an Emmy-nominated broadcast journalist, TV producer, and co-owner of a TV production company. Now she’s written a book on her latest achievement: getting older. With her friend and co-author, Carol Pack, Paskoff wrote Over-Sixty: Shades of Gray: A Journey Through Life’s Later Years (on the Road to Fossilization).
Steve Bluestein ’68 published a memoir, Point of Pines: A Horrible Childhood in a Happy Place. It is available on Amazon and iTunes.
Andrea Zintz ’75 co-authored a book with Jane Firth titled Grit, Grace & Gravitas: The Three Keys to Transforming Leadership, Presence, and Impact. This book on leadership and emotional intelligence is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books.
Bill Walker ’78 published D-NOTICE (DeLarge Books), a Cold War thriller based on a true incident, in March.
Harmony Books released Love Is Greater Than Pain: Secrets from the Universe for Healing After Loss by Marilyn Kapp, MS ’80, in June 2020. In it, Kapp, a renowned medium, shares her understanding of the afterlife.
Second Story, the latest poetry book of Denise Duhamel ’84, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, Duhamel teaches at Florida International University.
Kara Marziali ’90 has published Kara Koala and Her Kaleidoscope of Feelings, about a sensitive koala trying to navigate her emotions. This delightful story encourages kids to accept their emotions, develop empathy, increase self-awareness, and recognize that sometimes it’s necessary to talk to someone about how we feel. It is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Apprentice House Press released questions for water by Virginia Crawford ’93 in April for National Poetry Month. The collection brings Crawford’s intimate perspective to the challenges faced by 21st-century families, America, and the world.
Steven Rowley ’94 published The Guncle (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) in May. O, The Oprah Magazine, calls it “a laugh-out-loud heartwarmer” and hails it as one of the LGBTQ books changing the literary landscape. Rowley’s previous novel, The Editor, was named by NPR as one of the best books of 2019.
Hozefa “Havy” Haveliwala ’97 (Harvey Havel) has just published his 18th book, The Odd and the Strange, which is a collection of very short stories. It is available everywhere. He remembers fondly his fellow classmates and the great writing instructors in the WLP program.
Lara Egger ’99 published a debut poetry collection, How to Love Everyone and Almost Get Away with It (University of Massachusetts Press), in April. Recipient of the 2020 Juniper Prize for Poetry, these wildly associative poems offer an honest and tender exploration of love’s necessary absurdity.
Edwin Hill, MFA ’03, a WLP affiliated faculty member, recently published Watch Her, the latest installment in his Hester Thursby mystery series. Hester, a 4’9″ librarian, teams up with Detective Angela White to investigate missing alumni of a decadent for-profit university. The first two books from the series were Agatha Award finalists.
Alexis Landau, MFA ’05, returns with her second novel, Those Who Are Saved (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), about one mother’s impossible choice and her search for her daughter against the odds. Inspired by Los Angeles’s true history as a refuge for displaced European artists, the story is a meditation on motherhood, exile, war, and the power of love.
Kevin Lewis ’05 published his first novella, The Catcreeper, a horror story about a cat monster that terrorizes a group of tourists trapped in a mansion during a blizzard. It is #13 of the Rewind or Die book series published by Unnerving.
Charlene Peters ’05 just authored her first book, Travel Makes Me Hungry: Tales of Tastes and Indigenous Recipes to Share. It is available on Amazon.
Theresa Trinder ’06 published There Is a Rainbow (Chronicle Books, illustrated by Grant Snide), inspired by the rainbows made by children all over the world during COVID-19 lockdowns. Called “the perfect pandemic book” by School Library Journal, it’s a testament to kids’ resilience and hope for a future that’s safer, kinder, and more just.