Marks-White talks humor, writing at Westport Historical Society
Westport News humor columnist and novelist Judith Marks-White will appear Thursday at the Westport Historical Society in a program titled, “Tickling Your Funny Bone: A Humorous Romp From Column to Novel.”
The program starts at 6 p.m., and Marks-White will discuss her career spanning Time-Life Books to newspaper columnist, college English/writing professor and Random House novelist. Light refreshments will be served.
She will be interviewed by Jarret Liotta, a writer and filmmaker whose work also appears in the Westport News.
For 29 years, Marks-White’s “In Other Words” column, previously called “The Light Touch,” has been published in the Westport News. Describing herself as a social observer, Marks-White has cultivated a satirical view of life, focusing on mundane moments of everyday living that make getting up in the morning a formidable challenge.
Marks-White is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the New England Press Association and the National Association of Press Women, which presented her a first-place prize for best Humorous Column. She received Teacher of the Year Award at Norwalk Community College in 2005 for “imparting wisdom with contagious enthusiasm.”
Marks-White’s novels include “Seducing Harry” and Bachelor “Degree,” the latter of which won a Reader’s Prize Award from Elle magazine. She is working on a third book.
“It all comes down to the fact that we’re human, and that life is simply just that: being human and making fools of yourself. Learning to enjoy life means allowing yourself to be less than perfect, and from my point of view,” Marks-White said in a publicity release for the program. “We’re all in it together, and it’s okay to not take it all so seriously.”
There is a $10 fee for the program and reservations are required. To register or for more information, call 203-222-1424 or visit www.westporthistory.org . The historical society is at 25 Avery Place.