BUZZ: April 2014

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Roberta Degnore's latest book Invisible Soft Return :\ has been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in science fiction. A light-handed look at a dark future, Kirkus Reviews calls it "a cerebral work of feminist cyberpunk literature." Invisible Soft Return :\ is Degnore's twelfth novel and will join her previous work, Until You See Me, in also being adapted for the screen. She will read from it at the Lambda Finalists event on Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library.

Greg Dinallo's eighth novel, The German Suitcase, was a Barnes & Noble Nook Best Book for 2012-2013. Part WWII thriller, part modern day mystery, the novel centers around a vintage suitcase pulled from the trash by a young New York advertising executive brainstorming a campaign on her way to work. Like its owner and the CEO of its manufacturer, the suitcase is a Holocaust survivor whose contents threaten to unravel a secret that has been locked away since the day Dachau was liberated.

Stanley and Joyce Dyrector will be in Booth 913 at The L.A. Times Book Festival at USC, on April 12 and 13, for 2 hours each day, for purchase of Stan's book Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants with foreword by Ed Asner. Also, included for purchase will be their short play "Marilyn Monroe and Phil" based on a true story.

Deirdre Hanssen invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Deirdre directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Stella Mare’s French Country Cuisine in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Bruce Kane's play The Case Of The Prince Formerly Known As Hamlet - A Justin Thyme Mystery is one of eighty-six productions from throughout the United Kingdom chosen by the Royal Shakespeare Company to participate in its "Open Stages Project". Dashiell Hammett meets Williams Shakespeare in this comedy mash-up which will be produced by KADS Theatre Company in Fife, Scotland, before moving on to the Dundee Repertory Theatre, with the eventual possibility of making an appearance at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. The Open Stages project will run through 2016 to honor the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Evan (E.L.) Katz's directorial debut, the SXSW Midnighter award-winning black comedy thriller Cheap Thrills will screen at Cinefamily theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90036, on March 19-27.

Jackie's Diary is a handsome, coffee-table book containing the complete 3-year Sunday page run of the hysterically funny and whimsical comic, both written and drawn by humor-savvy Jack Mendelsohn, who wrote for MAD Magazine, Laugh-In, Three's Company, and co-wrote the Beatles' Yellow Submarine. The book sports a fascinating, behind-the-scenes introduction by Mendelsohn, and a Foreword by Beetle Bailey's Mort Walker and Momma's Mell Lazarus.

David Misch (Mork and Mindy, Saturday Night Live, Funny: The Book) presents a course “Singing Slings & Arrows” on musical satire at the Skirball Cultural Center. Featuring Gilbert & Sullivan, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, Spamalot, South Park and much more. Six weekly classes, 4/29-6/3, Tuesdays 1:30-3 p.m. $150; $120 for WGA members with code 99810 (online, by phone or in person). 310-440-4500, option 2, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or online.

Layne Wong welcomes you to her speaking and book signing engagement for Shanghai Love on Saturday, March 29, 1 p.m. at Gatsby’s Books, the literary heart of Long Beach (5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach 90808). Stop by and say hello! Shanghai Love is now also available at Once Upon a Time Bookstore in the heart of charming Montrose Shopping Park (2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose 91020).


WGF: Do You Have Children’s Books?
To schedule a delivery or drop-off of your children’s books, contact the Foundation at (323) 782-4692. The Writers Guild Foundation is looking for children’s books to distribute to needy parents and children in the Los Angeles area through organizations such as Sojourn Services for Battered Women & Children, The Children's Bureau of Southern California, Prototypes (Domestic Violence Shelter), and School On Wheels. Pick-ups may be possible for large donations. Visit for more information about Writers Guild Foundation programs.

Diversity Attribute Directory Now Functional!
It is now possible to search for a WGA member according to self-identified diversity attributes. The information is available through the WGAW website using this link: This online directory of writers from diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource for producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. To be included, members must grant permission for publication of their diversity attributes. Sign in or create your MyWGAW Account via: Go to the "change attributes" link on the left side of your myWGAW homepage, and click Yes under each “OK to publish”. For technical support with your My WGAW Account, call (323) 782-4885, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.