When I worked as an editor, I had a strict rule of never involving my friends and significant others in stories or photo shoot (unless, y’know, she worked for the same publication). But as a blogger, that rule has gone straight out the window for friends, so it might as well be the same for girlfriends.
Denise Du Vernay and her friend Karma Waltonen (or Dr. Karma, which makes her sound like she could do battle with the Dread Dormammu and encounter the hoary hosts of Hoggoth) have been working on a book for the past year about using The Simpsons as an educational tool. Now The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience With the Wisdom of Springfield is finally available to buy. (Officially, the book doesn’t hit shelves until July, but some copies have been trickling out.)
That’s not all: You can hear an interview with Denise about the book at 10 a.m. (with a rebroadcast at 11 p.m.) Friday, April 23, on Lake Effect on WUWM-FM (89.7). She’ll also be holding the classy sounding An Evening With Denise Du Vernay and The Simpsons (Just an Evening?) from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at the Brown Deer Public Library. You can buy copies of the book at the event, too. And there are plans in the work for other appearances. Plus, Karma will be scheduling events in the San Francisco area.
For more information about the book, you can check out the authors’ website for excerpts and the book’s table of contents; the official site at McFarland, the publisher, where you can buy the book; and the Facebook fan page. And if you can’t get enough of these two women, swing by Matchflick to read Denise’s DVD column and Karma’s comedy column.