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Humor Columnist Joanne Brokaw Slates Book Release Party

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Rochester, NY-based humor columnist and author Joanne Brokaw will be celebrating the release of her debut book, What the Dog Said, at two upcoming local events. Eclectic crafts gallery, Mostly Clay, located at 7 Schoen Place, Pittsford, NY, will host a book signing featuring Brokaw on Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm. The official Book Release Party & Happy Hour, which will benefit Rochester Hope For Pets, is scheduled for Friday, January 31, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm at McGraw's Irish Pub, located at 146 W. Commercial Street in East Rochester, NY.

About What the Dog Said

Life is messy business, and that's just fine with Brokaw. For almost a decade, she's been musing on life's ups, downs and in-betweens, taking readers on a journey filled with laughter, dog hair and even a few tears. From her heartwrenching chance encounter with a soldier in an airport to her confession as an office supply addict, from parenting advice to holiday observations penned by Bandit, her blogging Border Collie, Brokaw has compiled fan favorites into a single volume entitled, What the Dog Said, from WordCrafts Press. Brokaw invites both old friends and new readers to join her as she explores the mundane (but often hilarious) mishaps and adventures of everyday life.

The book has already garnered kudos from industry pros. Kelsey Timmerman, author of the books Where Am I Wearing and Where Am I Eating, said, “Life is funny and packed with poignant life lessons. So is Joanne Brokaw’s "What the Dog Said"…Tickle that funny bone; pluck those heart strings; read this book!"

Barbara McSpadden of Rochester Woman Magazine said, “Joanne’s unique ability find humor in the everyday things that life throws our way it intricately woven throughout this book. What the Dog Said is witty, insightful and a true pleasure to read. Her dog Bandit provides his own canine perspective on holidays like Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas, that will make you smile. The final chapter, from which the book gets its name, was my favorite chapter of all. It will touch the heart of anyone who’s ever owned a dog…all I can say is keep the Kleenex handy.”

About the Author

Humor columnist and award-winning freelance writer Joanne Brokaw has spent the majority of her writing career covering entertainment, writing feature stories and penning a slice-of-life column for dozens of newspapers, magazines and websites in the U.S. and Canada. Her extensive writing resume includes American Greetings,,, Christian Examiner newspapers, Christian Voice Magazine, Focus on the Family, Pup Culture Magazine and Rochester Woman Magazine. She also assists her Border Collie, Bandit, with his blog and answers his fan mail.

In addition to writing, drinking tea and cultivating her flock of dust bunnies, Brokaw spends her days dreaming of things she’d like to do but probably never will - like swimming with dolphins, cleaning the attic and someday overcoming the trauma of elementary school picture day. She lives in Western NY with two dogs, a cat, six chickens and one very patient husband. Learn more at


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