The Hungry Intellectuals Club Selects Cris Cohen Book for 2011 Dinner Theme

The Raleigh book and supper club plans its 2011 Meals From The Market fundraising event.

July 11, 2011 (Durham, NC) — The Hungry Intellectuals, a book and supper club in Raleigh, NC, will hold another “Meals From The Market” dinner this year to help raise funds for Durham Central Park. And the members have voted Cris Cohen’s upcoming humor book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, as the theme for their 2011 event.

Meals From The Market dinners are annual fundraisers that individuals and groups host in their homes. Ticket sales to the dinners support Durham Central Park’s preservation and cultural activities. Last year’s Hungry Intellectuals fundraising dinner helped buy new red benches for the park.

To make the annual event more fun for book club members, The Hungry Intellectuals select a book around which they create a theme for the dinner.

“The Hungry Intellectuals Book and Supper Club is very excited to use Cris’ book for our Meals From The Market 2011 dinner theme,” said club organizer Heather Curtis. “We are all too familiar with the idea of ‘staying crazy to keep from going insane!’ “

Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, is the humor columnist for the CaryCitizen.com and a prolific humor blogger. He is publishing his new book this year as a means to raise funds for a local baseball league for kids with special needs, including his own son. The book will be a compilation of humor columns he wrote for several newspapers when he lived in California before moving to Cary in 2008 and new ones he’s written since then. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the baseball league.

Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane has already been endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winning humor author Dave Barry, New Yorker magazine cartoonist Drew Dernavich, and PEN/Faulker Prize-winning author T.C. Boyle.

Cohen was invited to speak to The Hungry Intellectuals, a group of “young professionals who enjoy reading, eating, drinking and debating,” this spring. They chose his book for their dinner theme afterward.

“I am very flattered that they chose my book for this year’s event,” said Cohen. “It is possible that this decision was the result of a computer error or that most members voted while intoxicated. Although, to be fair, I think that is how most bills make it through Congress.”

The Hungry Intellectuals’ 2011 Meals from the Market dinner is scheduled for Sunday, September 18.  The group hasn’t determined the exact location yet.

Durham Central Park is a downtown destination that offers a venue for cultural activities. It is also part of a 24-hour, walkable neighborhood for arts, recreation, and locally owned businesses. The Park includes The Great Lawn, The Pavilion (home of the Durham Farmers Market) and The Skate Park. For more information, visit www.durhamcentralpark.org.

For more information on The Hungry Intellectuals, visit http://www.meetup.com/The-Hungry-Intellectuals/.

For more information on Cris Cohen and Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the “Nothing In Particular” blog at http://criscohen.typepad.com, and humor columnist for CaryCitizen.com, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011. For more information visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

Cary Humor Author Featured on “Working Writers” Blog

Wisconsin editor interviews Cris Cohen on his upcoming book, writing

Humor author/blogger Cris Cohen.

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May 19, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Cris Cohen, a humor writer and blogger in Cary, NC, recently caught the attention of Cherie Burbach in Wisconsin, the founder and editor of Working Writers, a blog for and about writers and the latest publishing news.

This week, Burbach published an interview with Cohen that discusses, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, the book he’s publishing this fall through his own small press, Tyrannasaurs Max Press, as well as the purpose behind the book, and other aspects of Cohen’s writing life.

“Ever thought of writing humor? How about donating proceeds of your book to a great cause?” Burbach asks her readers in the introduction. “Cris Cohen is doing both of those things now!”

As the interview explains, Cohen is publishing Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane as a way to raise funds for a local baseball league for kids with special needs,

Cover art by Darla Yancho

including his son, Max. A collection of humor columns he wrote for several newspapers while he lived in California, and new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary in 2008, the book’s sales will be donated to the baseball league.

“With all that we have gained from the league, I wanted to give something back,” Cohen told Burbach. “Thus, the bulk of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the league.”

When asked what book he’s currently reading, Cohen said: “TC Boyle’s book The Women: A Novel…Mr. Boyle has an eloquence that is rivaled only by the way my relatives’ talk about a really good buffet.”

When asked what he does when he’s not writing, Cohen quipped, “I spend a lot of time engaging in self-doubt and general anxiety. I don’t mean to brag, but if it were an Olympic event, I think I would medal in it.”

To read the entire interview, go to WorkingWritersandBloggers.com/interviews and click on “Cris Cohen.”

For more information on Cohen’s upcoming book, visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the “Nothing In Particular” blog and a humor columnist for CaryCitizen.com, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011. For more information visit www.stayingcrazy.com.