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Non Fiction, Personal Development, Writers on Writing

AUG 06: Matthew Dicks’ Storyworthy

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.

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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.

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Health & Wellness

JUL 23: Dr. Jennifer Jacobs’ Do You Really Need That Pill

Nearly 70% of Americans take some form of prescription drug regularly, with an alarming 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 is one of the first books to address this epidemic, discuss which popular drugs are being overprescribed, and instruct 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.

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Conservation, Environment, Fiction

JUL 16: Barnes and Noble’s Stephanie Garcia & Ginny Stibolt’s Climate-Wise Landscaping

In between your real vacations, it’s always fun to find a little summer adventure, travel, and escapism through summer reads.  Today, we are joined by Barnes and Noble’s Stephanie Garcia to recommend NEW authors to look out for and suggest some readers’ favorites.

Stephanie is the Community Business Development Manager at the Lakewood Barnes and Noble.  Her position allows her the joy of knowing her “work with school administrators, librarians, and teachers will get books into kids hands, and hope it sparks a love for reading!”

Later, botanist Ginny Stibolt will be sharing ways you can help both the landscape and wildlife survive climate change, as well as sustainability tips and solutions for your own home garden. Her new book, co-authored with landscape architect Sue Reed, is Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future.  

Ginny is a freelance writer, botanist, and experienced gardener who supports climate change mitigation.  Sue Reed is a registered Landscape Architect who works with homeowners and HOA’s in creating environmentally sensitive, resource-efficient, and beautiful landscapes that conserve energy and respond to climate change.

 

 

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Fiction, Health & Wellness, Writers on Writing

JUL 09: Dan Millman’s Return of the Peaceful Warrior & Mary Simses’ The Rules of Love and Grammar

Dan Millman provides a calm harbor in the storm of today’s ever-changing daily news cycles and stresses in his new book, The Hidden School: Return of the Peaceful Warrior.  He intertwines fiction and autobiography, and shows how to stay centered, focused, and present.

Dan Millman is a former world champion gymnast, coach, martial arts teacher, and college professor, and has authored 17 books.

Later, Mary Simses gives a valuable lesson in the futility of striving for perfection in her second novel,  The Rules of Love and Grammar.  Bestselling author James Patterson calls it a “… smart, well-told story about memory, family, and of course, love.”

Mary Simses enrolled in a fiction writing course while working as a corporate attorney, and her experiences getting short stories published led her to write her first novel, which was adapted into a Hallmark movie.

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Fiction, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUL 02: Amy Meyerson’s The Bookshop of Yesterdays & Summer Reads for Everyone

How does the dream of becoming a published author compare to the reality?  Amy Meyerson was already an established writer when she penned her first novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays, and today she shares her journey in going from writer to novelist.

Amy is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department of USC, and her writings have been published in numerous literary magazines.

Later, summer weekends are filled with camping trips, journeys to the beach, barbecues, and bonfires, but during the week are the warm and relaxing evenings to yourself.  And there is no better way to pass a few of them then on the back porch with a glass (or two) of wine and a good book.  Today, Vicki will introduce you to books for everyone, from fiction to nonfiction, love to horror, and children to octaogenarians.

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Humor, Non Fiction, Personal Development

JUN 25: 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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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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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

JUN 11: Dr. Chris Cortman and Dr. Harold Shinitzky’s Take Control of Your Anxiety & Karen Koenig’s Outsmarting Overeating

There’s nothing funny about anxiety, but licensed psychologists Dr. Chris Cortman and Dr. Harold Shinitzky use humor in their approach to helping others. In their new book is Take Control of Your Anxiety: A Drug-Free Approach to Living a Happy, Healthy Life, they combine brain science, case studies, exercises and a little levity to deliver an easy read for anyone suffering from anxiety.

Chris Cortman, PhD is a much sought-after speaker, as well as providing psychological consultation at several hospitals. Harold Shinitzky, was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Both have been licensed psychologists for over two decades.

Food is not the culprit leading to overeating according to psychotherapist and eating coach Karen R. Koenig. In Outsmarting Overeating, she illustrates how boosting essential life skills such as physical self-care, problem solving, and handling emotions can propel you toward beating overeating rather than relying on sheer willpower.

Karen is a licensed psychotherapist, eating coach, and speaker who has authored five other books about eating and weight.

 

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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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