Cary Entrpreneur To Present “Just Try. Just Ask” To Three Triangle Groups in August

Cris Cohen continues to take his “entrepreneurial adventure” around

Cris Cohen

the region.

July 28, 2011 (Cary, NC) — Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, a humor columnist, blogger, and budding entrepreneur, will present his popular talk “Just Try. Just Ask. You’ll be amazed at what might happen: My entrepreneurial adventure” in August to Triangle Creative Professionals, the Southwest Durham Rotary, and the Apex Rotary.

“Just Try. Just Ask” chronicles Cohen’s humorous yet successful efforts at setting up a small press – Tyrannosaurus Max Press – through which he is publishing his upcoming humor book “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.” The book is a collection of humor columns Cohen wrote for several newspapers when he lived in his native California and new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary in 2008. Cohen intends to donate the majority of the proceeds from sales of the book to a local baseball league for children with special needs.

Since April, Cohen has presented “Just Try. Just Ask” to a dozen business groups, book clubs, and other organizations around the Triangle.

“Unsure of what to expect, our group was impressed by his gift of comedic storytelling and his openness to answering questions about his own career path,” said Carlee Mallard, founder of the Triangle Community of Developing Careerist.

“Cris is a delightfully funny and charismatic guy whose talents go way beyond his literary accomplishments,” observed a member of the Raleigh Women’s Coffee & Book Club.

Cohen will address the Triangle Creative Professions (www.meetup.com/Triangle-Creative-Professionals) on August 4 at 6 p.m., the Southwest Durham Rotary (http://swdurhamrotary.org/) on August 11 at 12:30 p.m., and the Apex Rotary club (www.apexrotary.org) on August 18 (time to be announced).

For more information on Cris Cohen and his book, and to see his evolving schedule of

Upcoming book by Cris Cohen

speaking engagements, visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular” and humor columnist for the 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.

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.

life.

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.

“Staying Crazy” Gets New Yorker Cartoonist’s Endorsement

Award-winning cartoonist Drew Dernavich looks forward to Cris Cohen’s new humor book.

May 9, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, an upcoming book

Drew Dernavich

by Cary, NC, humor writer and blogger Cris Cohen, has received a rousing endorsement from Drew Dernavich, cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine.

Due out in the fall, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns, most from the years he spent as a columnist for several newspapers in California as well as new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary, NC, in 2008.

Cohen sent a pre-publication copy of his book to Dernavich, who is also the winner of the National Cartoonists Society’s “Reuben Award” as the best gag cartoonist in the nation.

“If Cris made a lasagna, it would probably be a funny lasagna,” Dernavich wrote in his endorsement. “If Cris made a chair, it would be a funny chair. Thankfully, he has decided to make a book instead, which I enjoyed reading along with a glass of the most hilarious Merlot. Keep it coming, Cris!”

How big of a deal is Dernavich’s endorsement for Cohen? “I am in awe of Drew’s talent,” Cohen said. “At least, that’s how I explained it to the policemen who found me hiding in the bushes outside his house. He can write. He can draw. He does speaking engagements. He’s like a Swiss Army Comedian.”

Cohen is publishing Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane as a way to raise money for a local baseball league for children with special needs, including his own son, Max. He will donate proceeds from sales of the book to the league.

Cris Cohen is also the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular: Trying Not To Take Life Too Seriously” at criscohen.typepad.com.

For more information on Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, visit www.stayingcrazy.com and the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stayingcrazy.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, 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.

CaryCitizen.com Welcomes Humor Writer Cris Cohen

Cris Cohen, CaryCitizen.com's newest columnist.

May 3, 2011 (Cary, NC) – The online newspaper CaryCitizen.com has added another dimension to its offerings: a new humor column by Cary resident Cris Cohen. His first column, entitled “A Visit to the Chiropractor,” is online now at www.carycitizen.com.

For several years, Cohen wrote a weekly column that ran in several California newspapers. Since he and his family moved to Cary in 2008, he’s been writing a humor blog “Nothing In Particular” at criscohen.typepad.com. He’s also preparing to publish his first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, a collection of his columns that he will use to raise funds for a local baseball league for kids with special needs.

This spring, Cohen ran a contest on the blog to celebrate the fact that he received an endorsement for the book from one of his humor-writing heroes, Pulitzer Prize-winner Dave Barry. He invited his readers to submit a guest post for “Nothing In Particular.” The writer with the funniest post would receive a copy of Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

As it turned out, CaryCitizen editor-at-large Leslie Huffman came through with the winning post, “My Invisible Car,” which appeared on “Nothing In Particular” on April 15. And that brought Cohen’s work to the attention of CaryCitizen editor and publisher Hal Goodtree, who invited Cohen to start writing for the online newspaper.

“Cris Cohen reminds me of David Sedaris, another writer and essayist with roots in the Triangle,” said Goodtree. “Like Sedaris, Cris satirizes himself as much as turning the foil to poke fun at others. It’s personal, and it’s rooted in a place: Cary, NC. He makes a good fit with our readership and brings a new dimension to CaryCitizen. Special thanks to Leslie Huffman for bringing Cris into the fold.”

CaryCitizen.com covers news, sports, community events, and business in Cary, NC, and surrounding communities. Cohen said he’s delighted to be a part of the publication.

“I am very excited to be a contributor to the CaryCitizen, a publication whose history reaches all the way back to last Tuesday,” Cohen quipped. “It is possible that their offer of employment was meant for someone else. It would explain why their letter began ‘Dear Helen’. Still, I hope that, like all successful relationships, this one is filled with joy, tenderness, and only occasional threats of litigation.”

Cohen will contribute his humor column to CaryCitizen at least once a month. To read the current column, go to www.carycitizen.com/ For more information on Cris Cohen and to read his blog, visit http://criscohen.typepad.com.

“Nothing In Particular” Author To Speak at Raleigh Women’s Book Club

Humor writer Cris Cohen will visit the popular book club twice in May.

Cris Cohen

April 27, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – Cris Cohen, the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular” and the soon-to-be-released book Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, will be the featured guest at two May meetings of the Raleigh Women’s Coffee & Book Club.

Cohen wrote a popular humor column for several newspapers in California before he and his family moved to Cary, NC, in 2008. Since then, he’s been writing “Nothing In Particular: An incomplete waste of time” (criscohen.typepad.com), a blog that entertains readers with Cohen’s wry and often hilarious takes on any number of everyday subjects.

Recently, Cohen announced that he plans to publish a book this fall, which will be a collection of some of his best humor columns from his California years as well as new pieces he’s written in Cary. Proceeds from sales of Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane will be donated to a local baseball league for kids with special needs, including his own son, Max. Cohen will publish the book through the small press Tyrannosaurus Max Press that he co-owns with his wife Michele in Cary.

For the Raleigh Women’s Coffee & Book Club meetings on May 17 and May 19, Cohen says he’ll talk about how he got his start in writing for newspapers, the odd and funny experiences he’s had as a writer along the way, and his new journey into the precarious world of self-publishing.

“I appreciate them letting me visit and speak to them. I consider women, coffee, and books to be three key ingredients of happiness. Add in wine and a dessert item and I might stay long enough to warrant having my mail forwarded there,” said Cohen, who has already received endorsements for his book from Pen/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle and Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry.

The Tuesday, May 17, Raleigh Women’s Coffee & Book Club meeting will be held at Loco Lu’s Coffeehouse, 5210 Hollyridge Drive. The Thursday, May 19, meeting will be held in the Starbucks at 3800 Lake Boone Trail.

The Raleigh Women’s Coffee & Book Club includes over 450 members ranging in age from 17 to 80. Some members join for the reading recommendations only while others attend the monthly discussions. The group meets at least once a month to share coffee and discuss the latest “book of the month” nominated by members of the club. For more information on the club, email Kimber Conners, book club organizer, at thekimberq@yahoo.com.

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit http://criscohen.typepad.com. For more information on his upcoming book, go to www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, 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.

Cary Blogger Announces Humor Writing Contest

Write A Funny Guest Post and Win Dave Barry’s New Book.

Humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen

April 6, 2011 (Cary, NC) —  Humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, has announced a humor writing contest to celebrate the fact that his upcoming book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry. The winner will receive a free copy of Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

“I am still in shock that I got an endorsement from Dave Barry. Almost every day my wife has to snap me out of my delirium with either cold water or electric paddles,” Cohen said. “I am holding the contest as a way to cope with this good fortune and to hopefully avoid further shock treatments.”

Cohen’s blog “Nothing In Particular: An Incomplete Waste of Time” (criscohen.typepad.com) entertains his readers with his wry and often hilarious takes on any number of everyday subjects. The contest is offering others the chance to prove that they’re just as funny – or funnier – than Cohen. Most of the entries will be published on “Nothing In Particular,” but the guest blogger Cohen deems as the funniest of all will be announced on April 15 and will win a copy of Barry’s new book.

Cohen’s contest rules:

  • One entry per person (“even if you have multiple personalities”).
  • Limited to people in the US and Canada (“I can’t afford the cost of shipping to Yemen”).
  • Entry cannot be longer than 250 words
  • Email entry to cris.cohen1@gmail.com
  • The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 12, 2011
  • The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook page on Friday, April 15, 2011
  • Content must be PG-rated.
  • “Have fun!”

Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane will be published in September. It will be a collection of Cohen’s columns from his years as a humor columnist for several newspapers in California and some new ones he’s written since he moved to Cary, NC, in 2008. Proceeds from sales will go to a local baseball league for kids with special needs.

To learn more about the contest and Cris Cohen, go to http://criscohen.typepad.com. To learn more about the book visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the Nothing In Particular blog. Although he was born in Buffalo, NY, Cris 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, Michele, and Max moved to North Carolina in 2008. His blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

San Francisco Sponsors Support Cary Writer’s New Book

Cris Cohen’s upcoming humor book will raise money for kids with special needs.

 

March 25, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Humor writer and California native Cris Cohen has lived in Cary, NC, since 2008. But fans of his popular columns that ran in California newspapers for several years haven’t forgotten how much they enjoyed his work. They’re also eager to support his new fundraising effort for kids with special needs.

As a result, Cohen announced this week that TechProse, a technical writing, training and instructional design consulting service, and newspaper copywriter Marilyn Berg Cooper, both of the San Francisco Bay Area, have signed on as official sponsors for Cohen’s upcoming book, “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.” Proceeds will go to a local baseball league for children with special needs, including his own son, nine-year-old Max.

“I had the pleasure of working with Cris on several projects and always really appreciated his sense of humor,” says Kathy Krumpe, Resource Manager at TechProse. “I’m so pleased that he is writing something that will give us a reason to laugh and at the same time help an organization like the special needs baseball league.”

Entitled “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” the book will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns, some from his California career, others penned in Cary.

“I’ve been looking forward to this take-it-with-you collection of Cris Cohen’s offbeat musings,” said Marilyn Berg Cooper.

Cohen has been seeking sponsors to help defray the cost of self-publishing his book. They’re starting to come in, as are endorsements from the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winner humor writer Dave Barry and Pen/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle.

“I am flattered that these people not only remember me, but have not pressed charges,” said Cohen.

For more information on “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” visit www.stayingcrazy.com and the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stayingcrazy.

Cohen is also the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular,” which can be found at http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen

Cris Cohen, the author of the “Nothing In Particular” blog, 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 later this year.

Humor Writer/Blogger Hires Blueplate PR

Cris Cohen, author of the Nothing In Particular blog.

March 7, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Cris Cohen of Cary, a humor writer and author of the blog Nothing In Particular, has hired Blueplate PR of Raleigh to help him increase readership for his blog and to promote his upcoming book.

A California native who moved to Cary in 2008, Cohen published a weekly humor column in numerous newspapers on the West Coast. Since his move to North Carolina, he’s been writing Nothing In Particular, a blog about anything and everything, always expressed with Cohen’s wry wit.

Now Cohen is planning to publish a collection of columns, old and new, in a book entitled Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane. Proceeds from which will be donated to the Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball league for kids with special needs.

“Cris is without doubt one of the best humor writers I’ve ever read,” said Kim Weiss, principal of Blueplate PR. “He’s the Dave Barry of the Triangle. When people discover Nothing In Particular, they’re hooked. And the book will be a no-brainer after that. His columns are laugh-out-loud funny. The fact that he’s willing to donate proceeds to the Miracle League just makes it that much more appealing. I’m delighted to be involved.”

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit his blog at www.criscohen.typepad.com.

For more information on Blueplate PR, visit www.blueplatepr.com.

 

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the Nothing In Particular blog. Although he was born in Buffalo, NY, Cris 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 and his wife, Michele, and their son, Max, moved to North Carolina in 2008. His blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

About Blueplate PR:

Blueplate PR is owned and operated by award-winning journalist and former magazine editor Kim Weiss. It is a small and cost-effective “boutique” public relations agency with a fee structure optimized for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals with modest PR budgets. For more information: www.blueplatepr.com.