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Inspirational, Personal Development, Writers on Writing

Aug 14: Insight Into Self-Awareness & Our Story Begins

Ninety-five percent of people believe they are self-aware, but approximately 10-15% actually are.  INSIGHT: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and In Life  explores the most common misconceptions about how to become more self-aware and focuses on how to make better career, love, and life choices through understanding our own values, aspirations, and impact on others.

Author Dr. Tascha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author.

Each of our stories finds its foundation in the honest and vulnerable years of our childhood.  Many of our thoughts and inspirations from those times are long since lost or forgotten, but for some, they remain a cherished look back at the shaping of our current and future selves.

In Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids, compiled by award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman, we get a firsthand glimpse at the quirky and smart early drawings and writings of some of today’s  foremost children’s authors, revealing the evidence of their nascent talent in their most formative years.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

Aug 07: Award Winning Summer Reads

The dog days of summer are upon us, and the cool evening breezes bring about the perfect time to settle on the back porch with a glass of wine and a good book.

Our first guest today delivers a compelling exploration of family, politics, and the fight for racial equality in her debut novel, The Talented Ribkins.  Author Ladee Hubbard won both the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in the Short Story category.

Glen Erik Hamilton’s debut novel, Past Crimes, was wildly successful, and he returns today to discuss the third novel in the lauded Van Shaw series, Every Day Above Ground.

Glen will also share his approach to living up to the lofty expectations set by his first two books, and what it takes to develop a realistic character who grows with the series.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

Jul 31: The Essex Serpent & Tropic of Kansas

Today’s guest authors both created believable fictional universes — one gothic, one of a dystopian future. We’ll discuss what it takes to bring realism into fiction to help readers suspend their disbelief.

Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent delivers us into 1893 London, where an intrepid amateur naturalist sets out to prove a mythical, murderous beast, is actually an undiscovered species.  Sarah has turned her PhD in creative writing into a burgeoning career as a novelist, with The Essex Serpent, her second novel, winning the British Book Awards Book of the Year. 

Our second author, Christopher Brown, takes us into a haunting future where the United States has broken into warring territories and the center of the landmass is a ravaged wasteland known as the Tropic of Kansas.  Christopher is a lawyer and renowned short story writer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

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Health & Wellness, Self-help

Jul 24: The Trauma Heart & The Fearless Path

The power of healing is one of the greatest forces in overcoming traumatic experiences.  Trauma therapist and author Judy Crane blends scientific research, case studies, and her own insights into a The Trauma Heart:  We Are Not Bad People Trying to Be Good, We Are Wounded People Trying to Heal – Stories of Survival, Hope, and Healinga book designed to help you focus on your own healing while empowering those around you.

Let it go.  Stock advice that is so prevalent it was even made into a smash hit song, so it can’t be wrong, can it?  Healer and inspiration speaker Leah Guy says it is.  In The Fearless Path: A Radical Awakening To Emotional Healing and Inner Peace, she contends attachment, not detachment, is the better path and that there is no healing in separation.

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Health & Wellness, Inspirational

July 17: Reclaiming Your Body & 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 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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Fiction, Personal Development, Writers on Writing

Jul 10: Lies and Other Acts of Love & Smarter Faster Better

Returning guest Kristy Woodson Harvey’s new book Lies and Other Acts of Love is a moving examination of the lies we tell to protect our loved ones — and the life-altering consequences of a hidden truth revealed.

It’s not about doing more — it’s about understanding human behavior and creating space to enjoy more. Pulitzer-Prize Winner, New York Times investigative journalist, and author Charles Duhigg joins us for the 3rd time — this time with his new book: Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business.

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Conservation, Environment, Fiction, Memoir

July 03: A Million Fragile Bones & #1 Bestselling Author Julia Quinn

Connie May Fowler lives “on the edge of the world, alone except for the occasional boyfriend or husband, always in the company of pets, books, art, friends, (and) sundry wildlife.”  On April 10th, 2010, her idyllic existence was torn apart as a nearby oil rig exploded, spewing over 200 million gallons of oil that impacted nearly 70,000 miles of coastline.

In her memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, Connie documents the heartbreak and loss suffered at the hands of this man-made disaster, and the beauty and peace that followed as nature proved resilient.  She is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and teacher.

Later, for those who believe romance novels are fluff, author Julia Quinn is here to dispel the notion that intelligence and romantic storytelling are mutually exclusive.  She’ll also share what it takes to pen a #1 New York Times bestseller and discuss her new book, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband.

Julia Quinn is a bestselling author specializing in historical romance.  She is one of only 16 members of Romance Writer’s of America’s Hall of Fame.

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Health & Wellness

Jun 26: Mirror Touch & No Apparent Distress

Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror-touch synesthesia, a rare, and only recently identified, neurological condition that allows him to actually feel and experience the emotional and physical discomforts of his patients.  Take a journey to the most remote and unexplored corners of the brain in Mirror Touch.  

Dr. Salinas is a Harvard neurologist and clinical researcher at Massachusetts General, where he specializes in brain health, neuropsychiatry, and cognitive behavioral neurology.

A brutal indictment of what is wrong with America’s health care system, No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine takes a long, hard look at how the current state of American medicine fails the poor, and how racism can be a roadblock to individuals seeking health care.  But author Rachel Pearson, MD, ultimately offers hope, telling her redemptive tale of the triumphs and travails of a young doctor trying to find her way in the world.

Dr. Pearson is a physician and researcher whose writing has appeared in Scientific American, The Guardian, and the Texas Observer.  She is currently a resident at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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Conservation

Jun 19: Woodland Zoo, Its Animals & People

It’s a zoo at Conversations LIVE  with northwest naturalist, John Bierlein.  Today we’ll learn the story behind a Seattle icon, and share how the people and animals of Woodland Park Zoo shaped its history. We’ll also discover how zoos can help people and animals connect, and hear about some of the 35 conservation projects that Woodland is currently managing.

John Bierlein began his career at Discovery Park more than 40 years ago, and was involved with the design of Woodland Park Zoo for 20 years. Bierlein wrote Woodland: The Story of the Animals and People of Woodland Park Zoo as a continuation of the work done by longtime zoo colleague, Dana Payne.

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Fiction

Jun 12: Return of the Peaceful Warrior & 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 Room: 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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