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Conservation, Environment, Journalism, Social Issues

DEC 10: Award-winning Filmmaker John de Graaf

John de Graaf is one of the good guys in our world, always right there with the next important, life-affirming idea,” says The Giraffe Project’s Ann Medlock.  Beginning in the late 70’s, John embarked on an award-winning documentary film career that continues to this day.

Today we’ll explore John’s extensive career as a filmmaker and activist, and why he does what he does. We’ll hear about his latest film, REDEFINING PROSPERTIY, and some of the activism he’s engaged in. We’ll discover how John chooses projects, and how he navigated his own prolific creative path while still making a difference in people’s lives.

“I’m an author, filmmaker, speaker, and activist with a mission to help create a happy, healthy, and sustainable quality of life for America,” reads John’s mission statement.

With over 40 documentaries and countless shorter films to his credit, he has received over 100 regional, national, and international awards for filmmaking.  15 of his films have been broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS, and he has taught filmmaking at the University of Washington, Evergreen State College, and Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Social Issues, Women's Issues

OCT 08: Linda Graham’s Resilience & Alexia Vernon’s Step Into Your Moxie

Do you stoically remain calm and together during a traumatic event?  Or are you more likely to fall apart?  Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and even Disaster by Linda Graham, MFT, examines our brain’s built-in negativity bias, offering ways to improve your ability to withstand hardships and create positive change.

Linda is an experienced psychotherapist who integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her international trainings on resilience and well-being.  She is a past winner of the Books for a Better Life Award.

Recent headlines have proven that women still have a long way to go to overcome patriarchal prejudices. Forget payscale for a moment, and other more obvious gender inequalities. We’re talking about being taken seriously as a valued human being. We’re talking about being heard when we say NO. When we file complaints about abuse or harassment. When we claim the right to express our feelings.

If you have trouble speaking up for yourself, join us and Step Into Your Moxie.

Alexia Vernonbranded “Moxie Maven” by President Obama’s White House Office of Public Engagement, is a leadership coach for Fortune 500 companies and the United Nations. With a  graduate degree in women’s studies, she’s been featured on major networks and in publications such as Forbes Woman and Women’s Health.

 

 

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Fiction, Inspirational, Memoir, Social Issues, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

SEP 24: Linda Kay Klein’s PURE and Joseph Olshan’s Black Diamond Falls

On the heels of the MeToo movement comes Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke FreeLinda Kay Klein shares how the system of mind-and-body shaming works, showing the connection between purity culture and rape culture, and the importance of facing your fears and standing up to sexual shaming.

Linda is the founder of Break Free Together, and has spent over a decade working at the cross section of faith, gender, and social change.

 Inspired by the actual disappearance of a student at Middlebury College and the vandalism of the nearby Robert Frost Homestead, Black Diamond Fall is an evocative portrait of love between a younger and older man.  Author Joseph Olshan joins us for part one of a two part conversation today to discuss this latest in his line of riveting mysteries.

Joseph is an award-winning author of 10 novels and is the editorial director of Delphinium Books.  He will be appearing at University Bookstore in Seattle on October 18 at 6pm.

 

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Fiction, Memoir, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

SEP 17: Ellen Keith’s The Dutch Wife & Sara Smarsh’s Heartland

Award-winning writer Ellen Keith joins us today to discuss how she found the inspiration for a great historical fiction novel in one of the worst moments of humanity’s history.  In The Dutch Wife, she chronicles a little known piece of World War II history, exposing the concentration camp brothels.

Ellen’s work has appeared in publications such as The New Quarterly and The Globe and Mail, and she has received the Anton Fiction Prize and the James Patrick Folinsbee Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing.

Born a fifth-generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side, and the daughter of generations of teen moms on her maternal side, Sara Smarsh was raised in a family of laborers trapped in a cycle of poverty.  In Heartland, she takes an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the perils of having less in a country known for its excess.

Sara has covered socioeconomic class, political, and public policy for numerous publications including Harpers.org, The Guardian, and NewYorker.com. She’s a recent Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard and former professor of nonfiction writing.

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Conservation, Inspirational, Lifestyle, Social Issues

SEP 10: William Powers’ Dispatches from the Sweet Life & American Warrior Initiative with Sean Parnell

Wouldn’t it be great to rid yourself of bills, work, technology, all the trappings of our modern lifestyles? William Powers journeys from rural North Carolina, to Manhattan, to Bolivia, as he and his family pursue sustainable living in Dispatches from the Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community’s Quest to Reinvent the World.

William has spent two decades in development aid and conservation around the world.  His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.

Sean Parnell has witnessed firsthand the difficulty of reintegrating into society after returning from war, as his platoon has suffered three times as many men to post-war suicide than in combat.  His American Warrior Initiative aids returning veterans by providing them fully paid for service dogs.

Sean is a former U.S. Army airborne ranger who served in the legendary 10th Mountain Division for six years, retiring as a captain. He received two Bronze Stars (one for valor) and the Purple Heart.  Also an author, his latest novel is Man of War.

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Social Issues

JUN 18: Kate Davies’ Intrinsic Hope, Maia Duerr’s Work That Matters, & Aaron Edelheit’s The Hard Break

We are living in an era of unprecedented crisis, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task.  Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times by Kate Davies, M.A.D., offers a powerful antidote to these feelings.

Kate Davies has worked with numerous nongovernmental and governmental organizations on environmental issues, including Greenpeace, and is currently core faculty at Antioch University Seattle’s Center for Creative Change and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

Are you trapped in wage slavery at a dead end job, not knowing how to channel your talents to your real life’s purpose?  In Work That Matters: Create a Livelihood that Reflects Your Core Intention, life coach Maia Duerr shares her “6 Keys to Liberation-Based Live-lihood” to point you in a positive direction towards breaking that glass ceiling.

Maia is a writer, organizational consultant, and coach for people going through life and career transitions, drawing years of Zen meditation practice and training in anthropology to create powerful tools for integrating mindfulness into the workplace and home life.

Aaron Edelheit used to work so hard, it nearly killed him.  In The Hard Break: The Case for a 24/6 Lifestyle, he breaks down the myths around productivity, revealing how taking a one day “hard break” each week to reset can be a life-changing experience, and shares the seven steps to a successful Sabbath.

Aaron is the Chief Strategy Officer for FLO Technologies.  He is the founder of Mindset Capital, a private investment firm, and serves on the board of Moishe House Foundation, also partnering with Social Venture Partners in Santa Barbara working on homelessness.

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Fiction, Health & Wellness, Memoir, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

JUN 04: Brendan Kiely’s Tradition & Edward Hallowell’s Because I Come From a Crazy Family

High school English teacher Brendan Kiely was always on the hunt for books that would not only excite his students to learn the skills needed to study and practice in class, but also inspire them to think critically about their role in society, developing who they are and helping form their beliefs.  Award-winning author Kiely explores the insidious nature of a traditional boarding school in Tradition (is not an excuse).

Brendan is a New York Times bestseller whose numerous awards include the Walter Dean Myers Award, and Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association twice.

Later, Dr. Edward M. Hallowell turned an eye inward towards his emotionally complex upbringing, using it to build a successful life and career.  He chronicles his childhood inspiration in his new memoir, Because I Come From a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist.

Dr. Hallowell is a bestselling author of over 20 books on attention deficit disorder and emotional well-being.  He is founder of the Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health, one of which is based in Seattle.  His national tour brings him to University Bookstore in Seattle on June 15th.

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Fiction, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

APR 09: Dr. John Sessa’s The Road to Yulin … and Beyond & S. Craig Zahler’s Hug Chickenpenny

The Road to Yulin …  and Beyond covers the last two years of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump’s non-profit, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation’s, mission trips to China to expose the torture that occurs during the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Led by their business partner, Dr. John Sessa, the film gives an in depth look at the dichotomy between companionship-based human/canine relationships exhibited in many countries, and the horrific and brutal interactions that dogs face in parts of the world that have an unrestrained dog meat trade.

Dr. John Sessa joins Vicki today to help not only raise awareness of the heinous and barbaric treatment these dogs receive, but to show you how you can get involved as well in stopping these atrocities.

Dr. Sessa is the Executive Director of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation and co-founder of Vanderpump Pets.  The Road to Yulin …  and Beyond  is Dr. Sessa’s directorial, writing and producing debut.

Later, being a multi-faceted creator (he directs, writes both novels and screenplays, and is a musician), S. Craig Zahler has the ability to not only select which angle to attack the projects he chooses to work on, but also to enter the mindset of his characters in unique ways.  His latest novel is Hug Chickenpenny, a gothic, Dickensian take on The Elephant Man.

S. Craig is an award-winning screenwriter, director, novelist, cinematographer and musician.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Social Issues

MAR 26: George Lynn’s Breaking the Trance & Tara Cousineau’s The Kindness Cure

Today’s children are constantly distracted by notification beeps, texts, floating messenger icons, and social media apps that deliver a shot of dopamine to the brain with every new “like” or “share”.  Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen-Dependent Child offers proven solutions to help anyone break their obsession, and develop a healthier relationship with technology.

Author George T. Lynn, MA, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who pioneered the use of psychotherapy for those with neuropsychological issues. He has lectured internationally and is the author of four popular books on parenting children with extreme behavior challenges.

Co-author Cynthia C. Johnson, MA,  is the founding director of the Venture Program at Bellevue College, the first degree program in the nation for students with learning and intellectual disabilities.

Also today, our current political climate might have you wondering “What happened to kindness?” According to Dr. Tara Cousineau, science has proven what ancient wisdom always claimed, that kindness is a happiness fix.  In The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World, you’ll explore how to strengthen relationships and promote compassion toward ourselves and others.

Dr. Cousineau has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a former Harvard Medical School Fellow and a licensed psychologist with a private practice.

 

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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues

MAR 05: Roseann Lake’s Leftover in China & Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Change the World

There is a quiet cultural revolution going on in one of the world’s biggest superpowers.  Chinese men traditionally do not want their women to be well-educated or high achieving, but the women of China are taking a stand.  Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower is a revealing look at some of the women who are changing the way China operates.

Author Roseann Lake is The Economist’s Cuba correspondent. She was previously based in Beijing, where she spent time as a television reporter and journalist. Her China coverage has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Salon and Vice, among others.

Our second guest today became frustrated a few years back as he realized his three children were idolizing princesses and reality stars; as a history buff, he knew that there were better heroes for his kids to look up to.  Inspired, Brad Meltzer created his wildly successful Ordinary People Change the World series to educate kids on real heroes throughout the history of mankind.

Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling Fiction author, and has the distinction of being the only author to also appear on the bestselling list in the Children’s Books, Non-Fiction, Advice, and Comics categories.  He is also a noted History Channel host.

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