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

SEP 24: Linda Kay Klein’s Pure & Joseph Olshan’s Black Diamond Fall

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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Humor, Non Fiction, Personal Development

SEP 03: Ken Jennings’ Planet Funny & Allen Gannett’s The Creative Curve

From Jeopardy! champion and  New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings comes a history of humor.  From fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook memes, Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world.

Since his record-breaking Jeopardy! streak, Ken has become a best-selling author and has appeared in numerous ads.  He is a frequent speaker at college campuses and corporate events.

Later, it helps to be creative to be considered a genius, but you don’t have to be a genius to be creative.  In The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time, author Allen Gannett disproves the notion that creativity is limited to the brilliant few who possess a certain gift, showing how anyone is capable of turning their genius idea into reality.

Allen is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a software analytics firm whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE.  He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes.

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Fiction, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

AUG 27: Summer Reads from Kristina McMorris, Kristan Higgins, & Lori Foster

“2 children for sale” reads the sign sitting on a farmhouse porch in 1931.  The sign is a last resort, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs, and broken dreams.  Sold on a Monday author Kristina McMorris discusses how she weaves historical fact into fiction to create a powerful and compelling story.

Kristina is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have garnered more than two dozen prestigious awards and nominations.

Next, Kristan Higgins admits that most of her books have a dog in them , her logic being that life without a dog is pretty lonely to contemplate.  Her latest novel is Good Luck with That, a story of two women on a journey to self-acceptance.

Kristan is a New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 18 novels, and recipient of dozens of awards for her writing.

Finally, Lori Foster joins talks about the first novel in her Summer Resort Series, Cooper’s Charm, a tale of two sisters and how a summer in a lakeside resort brings redemption and healing.

Lori  is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 100 titles.  She is the recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance.

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Conservation, Environment, Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Spirituality, Travel & Adventure

AUG 20: Dan Millman’s The Life You were Born to Live & Susan Hand Shetterly

Spiritualist Dan Millman returns to Conversations Live today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose.  This revised edition includes key spiritual laws to overcome life’s hurdles, how to live in harmony with the nine-year cycles of your life, and more.

Dan is a former world champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor.  He has authored 17 books, and delivers keynotes, seminars, and workshops to people from all walks of life.

Next, nature writer Susan Hand Shetterly takes us on a journey from her native Maine, to Canada, Wales, Japan, the Philippines, and beyond, as she reveals the hidden world of one of nature’s most abundant resources.  Her latest book, Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge comes out in August.

An award-winning author of nine books, Susan has also written for several magazines, including Down EastYankeeand Audubon MagazineShe was a contributing writer for Maine Times for many years, writing essays and articles on wild lands and wildlife, and the people who work with them.

 

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Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Non Fiction

AUG 13: Michael Fenster’s Food Shaman, Sindy Warren’s Radi8, & Julia Turshen’s Now and Again

If you’ve ever claimed to have a gut feeling, you might have been more accurate than you think.  In Food Shaman: The Art of Quantum Food, author Dr. Michael Fenster shares everything you need to know about the connection between your gut and your brain.

Dr. Mike, AKA the Food Shaman, combines his culinary talents with cutting-edge medical expertise to forge an approach to food and health beyond mere nutrition.

Next, John Lennon sang that we all shine on, but sometimes it might be hard to find that inner shine.  That is where yoga teacher Sindy Warren comes in.  She will help you focus from within using the techniques in her new book Radi8: Using the Practice of Yoga to Cultivate Your Inner Shine.

As principal for Warren & Associates, Sindy conducts workplace investigations, and uses the ancient art of yoga to ward off the stresses of her daily grind.

Finally, bestselling author and food writer Julia Turshen shows you how you can use food to bring people together with seasonal recipes, and she removes the stigma of using leftovers in Now and Again.

In addition to her own bestsellers, Julia has coauthored numerous cookbooks and hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe.

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Humor, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

AUG 06: Matthew Dicks’ Storyworthy & Maxine Rosaler’s Queen for a Day

You’re already a storyteller.  Whether it’s on a date, a job interview, or relating something that happened on the way to work, we tell stories every day.  Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling by Matthew Dicks gives you straightforward tips and techniques to take your ability to tell your stories to the next level.

Matthew is a 35-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time Moth GrandSLAM champion.  He is an international bestseller, and in addition to his novels he has written musicals, a rock opera, and comic books.

Next, who wouldn’t want to be Queen for a day?  What if that meant you get to compete against other potential Queens for the grand prize of … stainless steel silverware?  Maxine Rosaler uses 1950’s era nostalgia as inspiration in her new book, Queen for a Day, examining imperfect women with special needs children, living under enormous pressure. 

Maxine has had fiction and nonfiction published in several literary magazines and is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUL 30: Mary Kay Andrews’ The High Tide Club

Queen of the beach reads Mary Kay Andrews joins Vicki today to discuss The High Tide Club, a story shrouded in mystery, Spanish Moss, cocktails, 1940’s dinner dances, and love, both lost and found.  She’ll also reveal why the South makes the perfect setting for her tales, and how her career as a journalist prepared her for her career as a bestselling author.

Mary Kay is a New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels and one upcoming beach-themed cookbook.  She spent 14 years as a reporter for various Georgia newspapers, including the last ten at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Today, we’ll also celebrate the 11th anniversary of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair with special giveaways and reflections on what our show has accomplished over the years!

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Health & Wellness

JUL 23: Dr. Jennifer Jacobs’ Do You Really Need That Pill & Sarah Anne Shockley’s The Pain Companion

Nearly 70% of Americans take some form of prescription drug regularly, with 450 people a day dying from the side effects caused by them.  Do You Really Need That Pill: How to Avoid Side Effects, Interactions, and Other Dangers of Over-Medication discusses which popular drugs are being overprescribed, and instructs patients how to speak with their doctors about their medication regimen.

Author Jennifer Jacobs, MD. practiced family medicine in Seattle for 25 years, was on the advisory board of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine, and is a clinical assistant professor in epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Later, Sarah Anne Shockley learned about chronic pain by experiencing the incapacitating effects it can have.  Rather than succumb, she met the pain, worked with it, and overcame debilitation.  She offers you the benefit of her experiences in The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living with and Moving Beyond Pain.

Sarah is a columnist for the Pain News Network and contributes to online community for pain sufferers, The Mighty.  She has lived with debilitating nerve pain for over a decade.

 

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