Enjoyed moderating a “Humor in Writing” panel at the recent Dahlonega Literary Festival. Was honored to be with each of the two panelists, Jacob Appel and Man Martin, for a lively audience discussion.
Jacob Appel is a man of boundless energy and intellect. He earned a bachelor’s degree but didn’t stop there. He now owns seven masters degrees, an M.D. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law. He is an author, bioethicist, physician, lawyer, and social critic. He has published 15 books and ten plays, and his short stories have been published in over 200 literary journals. The writing awards are too numerous to list. His latest novel, Millard Salter’s Last Day (2017) was published by Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Oh yeah, in his spare time, Jacob is on the faculty of Mt. Sanai School of Medicine and is a licensed NYC sightseeing guide. His genre is literary fiction, and he skillfully uses humor in his writings, sometimes dark humor.
Man Martin twice won Georgia Author of the Year (2008 and 2012) and is now a finalist for the much-coveted Townsend Prize for Fiction for his latest novel, The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome. The winner will be announced in April, 2018. It’s very exciting for me to witness Man achieve so much success because like me, he is a humorist and his genre is literary humor. I contend that there are not many in this genre writing full length novels. Man also teaches high school English, coaches debate, writes, and cranks a daily humor cartoon called “Inkwell Forest.”
I don’t know when Jacob or Man find time to sleep!Read More