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Personal Development, Self-help

NOV 20: How to Survive Your Childhood with Ira Israel & Supernormal with Dr. Meg Jay, PhD

Okay, so you’re all grown up, but are the stories you learned as a child still getting in the way? You know the ones we mean: You’re not enough. Not smart enough. Talented enough. Pretty enough.

You fluctuate between self-confidence and self-doubt. And those conflicting feelings can leave you depressed or anxious or both.

Blending eastern and western philosophies, licensed psychotherapist and relationship counselor, Ira Israel, will share how to transcend childhood-assumed-realities in How to Survive Your Childhood: Now That You’re An Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening.

Later, whether it is bullying, the loss of a loved one, domestic violence, neglect, or emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, early adversities are experienced by nearly 75% of us.  

In Supernormal, TED speaker and author, Meg Jay, PhD, combines cutting edge research with two decades of experience.  We’ll discuss how “supernormal” adults have overcome adversity to change our world, and share skills and tools we can use to build resilience.

Dr. Jay is a clinical psychologist and narrative nonfiction writer.  Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA TodayPsychology Today, and on the BBC, NPR, and TED.

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Personal Development, Self-help

NOV 13: Perceptual Intelligence with Dr. Boxer Wachler & Mindfulness for Emerging Adults with Donna Torney

Brian Boxer Wachler, MD describes Perception Intelligence (PI) as how we see what we see and why this affects every aspect of our life.

We’ll explore how we can improve our PI to see past illusion and self-deception. How to reverse self-delusion. Why we feel obliged to return a favor. And why some folks see Jesus in their cornflakes, or the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Dr. Boxer Wachler is a leading authority on kerataconus and refractive surgery. His latest book Perceptual Intelligence: The Brain’s Secret to Seeing Past Illusion, Misperception, and Self-Deception.

Also today, licensed psychotherapist Donna Torney combines Eastern philosophies with modern neuroscience to aid millennials in facing the stresses and challenges of “adulting” in Mindfulness for Emerging Adults: Finding Balance, Belonging and Meaning in the Digital Age.

Donna is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, with a focus on emerging and established adults who are struggling to live in our fast-paced society.

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Fiction, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

NOV 06: Manhattan Beach with Pulitzer Winner Jennifer Egan & Technically Wrong with Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Set on the Brooklyn docks during the World War II era, Manhattan Beach seamlessly intertwines the stories of a man working for both the union and the mob, his daughter, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s only female diver, and a shady, but charismatic, nightclub owner.

Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection, including  A Visit From the Goon Squad, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize.

Also, Sara Wachter-Boettcher presents an informed and compassionate critique of the technology industry in Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech.

Sara Wachter-Boettcher is a Philadelphia-based consultant where she helps organizations make sense of digital content. She speak at conferences worldwide and has authored two previous books for web pros.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

OCT 30: Reclaim Your Body Now & Be A Force for Change with Fierce Kindness

An insult at the age of 11 can stay with you forever, much as a scar from a car wreck, or other tragedy that marks you physically. Suzanne Scurlock-Durana has discovered a way to reconnect to your body’s intrinsic wisdom and begin the healing process from within in Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom.

After decades of perfecting her methods of awakening the body’s innate wisdom, Suzanne created the comprehensive Healing From the Core training curriculum in 1994. Today it includes a robust selection of international workshops, webinars, speaking engagements and audio programs.

When was the last time you shone a little light in the world while simultaneously making your own life better?

In Fierce Kindness: Be A Positive Force for Change, Melanie Salvatore-August provides an easy to follow recipe to combine compassion and courage into an elixir of uplifting action.

Melanie is an experienced life coach, yoga teacher, and Reiki healer who travels the country, speaking about creating a movement of positivity.

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Memoir, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

OCT 23: A Life in Novels with Kathleen Hill & Life is a Musical with Tim Ferdele

When books come to you at the just the right time, they can change your life. Kathleen Hill’s new memoir, She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels, explores defining moments of a life illuminated by novels.

Kathleen is a noted author who teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.  Her first two books have received critical acclaim and her stories have appeared in numerous collections.

Everything Tim Federle knows about life he learned from doing theater – think Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Jazz Hands. Life is Like a Musical: How to Live, Love, and Lead Like a Star is designed for anyone who wants to find and live by their own song, whatever that means to them.

Tim is a Broadway dancer-turned-author who won awards for his Young Adult books and pun-tastic cocktail novels, and works with Fox Animation in developing new projects.

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Business, Personal Development

OCT 16: Entrepreneurial You & The Art of Connection

The key to entrepreneurial success is achieving professional independence.  In Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive, returning guest Dorie Clark uses real-life examples from entrepreneurs of all kinds, as well as her own experiences building her profitable consulting business.

Dorie is a marketing strategy consultant and professional speaker, working with a diverse range of clients, including Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Yale University.

Every successful business leader has one thing in common: strong  interpersonal communication skills.  In The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now, keynote speaker and New York Times Bestselling author Michael Gelb provides seven methods to improving your rapport with those in your professional and personal lives.

Michael is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, executive coaching, and innovative leadership.  He brings than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and executive coach to his diverse, international clientele.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

OCT 09: Thief’s Mark & The Other Alcott

A murder in a quiet English village, long-buried secrets, and a man’s search for answers about his traumatic past draw newly wed FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan into the fray once again.  Thief’s Mark is the seventh in New York Times bestseller Carla Neggers popular Sharpe and Donovan series of thrillers.

Carla is the award-winning author of over 60 novels.  She is a founding member of the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America and has served as vice president of International Thriller Writers and president of Novelists, Inc.

Later, Elise Hooper’s debut novel, The Other Alcott, reveals the fascinating untold story of May Alcott, younger sister to Louisa Alcott of Little Women fame and an artist in her own right, and how the two siblings wind up on a collision course as May attempts to step out of her older sister’s shadow.

When not writing, Elise spends her time in a classroom making American History and literature interesting for high school students.  She lives a stone’s throw from the Puget Sound.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

Oct 02: The Mapmaker’s Daughter & Lie to Me

She was one of the most remarkable women in history, yet her story is little known.  In The Mapmaker’s Daughter, debut novelist Katherine Nouri Hughes blends fiction with history, examining the desires and motives of a young Venetian girl who became wife to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Katherine, Iraqi-Irish by birth, attended Princeton University, receiving a Master’s Degree in Near Eastern Studies.  She currently serves her alma mater in an advisory capacity.

Also today, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes domestic noir and psychological thrillers, and her latest, Lie To Me, combines grief, betrayal, jealousy, and murder, gradually destroying the facade of the perfect literary couple.

J.T. has written 17 critically acclaimed novels, is coauthor of the “A Brit in the FBI” series with Catherine Coulter, and co-hosts the Emmy Award-winning A Word on Words.

 

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Memoir, Travel & Adventure

Sep 25: One of These Things First & Razor Clams, Buried Treasure of the PNW

From his grandparent’s bra and girdle store, to a stint in one of the most fashionable psychiatric hospitals after a suicide attempt, Steven Gaines takes us on the tragically joyous ride of a 15-year-old Jewish boy in 1960’s Brooklyn.

One of These Things First includes conversion therapy and Broadway dreams, and an array of eccentric characters he met along the way. Steven is a noted journalist, bestselling novelist and biographer, whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, the New York Observer, and New York magazine, where he was a contributing editor for 12 years.

Also today, what has the power to draw thousands of people of all ages to the often blustery shores of Washington’s coastal beaches every year?

Seattle Times contributor and author David Berger shares the secrets of our regional razor clam phenomenon in Razor Clams:  Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest.  David Berger has worked as a visual arts critic for The Seattle Times, and started razor clamming when he moved to Washington.  You can see him at Third Place Books on October 5, at 7 PM.

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Journalism, Personal Development, Social Issues

Sep 18: Helene Segura Returns & Nomadland

National Procrastination Day is September 6th … shoot, we put this off by almost two weeks! Nevertheless, Helene Segura MA Ed returns to Conversations Live to help you reevaluate the way you prioritize your time — so no more putting off the things that are most important to you.

Helene is a time management consultant who combines neuroscience, educational psychology, and pop culture to teach clients and keynote/training audiences how to improve work-day efficiencies so they can have a life outside.  Her book is The Inefficiency Assassin.

You might dream about loading up an RV and living a road warrior’s life when you retire, but for some, van-dwelling is their last option.  Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century documents the stories of itinerant citizens who gave up traditional lifestyles to travel from short-term job-to-job, trying simply to survive.

Award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder spent months living in a camper to witness firsthand the “Workamper” lifestyle.  Jessica has taught at Columbia Journalism School for nearly a decade, and been published in numerous periodicals and newspapers.

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