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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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Memoir

Jan 09: 1] The Wrong Dog 2] The Seventh Plague

From NY Times Bestselling author David Elliot Cohen comes the heartwarming and often hilarious tale of Simba II, a mischevious white labrador retriever puppy bought home by accident. Included in The Wrong Dog: An Unlikely Tale of Unconditional Love is the author’s 3300 mile cross-country odyssey that chronicles the unbreakable bond between a dog and it’s people.

Bestselling mastermind James Rollins joins Vicki today to discuss the latest entry in his popular Sigma Series. The Seventh Plague blends scientific intrigue with historical mystery, and reveals an ancient threat hidden within the pages of the Bible that has a puzzling connection to Mark Twain’s travels, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of explorer Henry Morgan Stanley.

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David Elliot Cohen demonstrates with great precision the vast and benevolent role dogs play in American family life in his latest effort, The Wrong Dog: An Unlikely Tale of Unconditional Love. As the accidentally adopted new family member grows from an energetic puppy into an enormous ninety-pound dog with a huge personality, Simba cements the bond between two families and enriches their lives in countless ways. A Yale graduate, David has produced numerous titles for Barnes & Noble’s in-house publishing division including four presidential photo-biographies and a book about the power of socially-conscious photojournalism. As an editor and author, he has created books that have sold over 6 million copies worldwide, including 4 NY Times bestsellers.

Featuring an ‘Elon Musk’ like character and a unique perspective on the friendship between Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla, The Seventh Plague by James Rollins weaves several relevant themesthroughout including Trump, Tesla and a secret energy source; whether or not a virus could cause one of the biblical plagues, and the frightening reality of electric-eating bacteria. James Rollins is a New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. In each novel, James unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets…and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

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Fiction, Lifestyle

Dec 05: 1] Holiday Book Ideas 2] Sacred Goddess 2.0

Today we welcome the owner of Seattle’s Phinney Books, Tom Nissley, to discuss great holiday gift ideas surrounding reading and books. Phinney books is one of the region’s last independent book stores. Besides being a book devotee, Tom was a Jeopardy finalist, winning eight games and becoming the 3rd biggest money winner in the history of the show.

You are not alone if you believe domination and authoritarian patriarchy are destroying countless lives and our planet. There is a more sustainable alternative to be found in the ancient teachings of Goddess Spirituality. Karen Tate returns today to discuss her latest work in Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward.

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After his big success on Jeopardy, Tom Nissley used his winnings to to quit his 10-year job as part of Amazon’s book team, and write his own book. Then he opened Phinney Books two years ago and now lives just eight blocks from the store. “We make a special effort to have interesting reading in fiction, kids’ books, essays, history, cookbooks, music, technology, cities, nature and science, graphic novels, diaries, and letters. We also sell a selection of paper goods, puzzles, toys, games, and chocolates, and we’ll always have lots of NYRB Classics on hand,” said Nissley.

Exiled for a time, but making a return, the Sacred Feminine has become indelibly integrated into our lives. Using the wisdom and activism suggested in Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward, we see through the lens of spiritual, cultural and political leaders, old and new, male and female to bring about a brighter and more positive future. Author Karen Tate is a teacher, speaker, radio show host and social justice activist. Named One of the 13 Most Influential Women in Goddess Spirituality and a Wisdom Keeper of the Goddess Spirituality Movement, Karen hosts the long-running show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine on Blog Talk Radio.

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Conservation, Environment, Lifestyle

Nov 28: 1] The Deepest Roots 2] Adopt A Book

In The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, Kathleen Alcalá walks, wades, picks, pokes, digs, cooks, and cans, getting to know her neighbors on a much deeper level. She learns to better understand how we once fed ourselves, acknowledging that there may be a future in which we could need to do so again. Combining memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability, Kathleen shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards.

Also today, best-selling author and returning guest Katherine Neville joins us to talk about Smithsonian Libraries Adopt-A-Book Program.

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As friends began “going back to the land” at the same time that a health issue emerged, Kathleen Alcalá set out to re-examine her relationship with food at the most local level. Remembering her parents, Mexican immigrants who grew up during the Depression, and the memory of planting, growing, and harvesting fresh food with them as a child, she decided to explore the history of the Pacific Northwest island she calls home. The result was The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, written to remind the reader that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. Kathleen is the author of a collection of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name: On Family and Writing; three novels, including Treasures in Heaven; and a collection of short stories. She lives on Bainbridge Island.

Katherine Neville is a best-selling author and public speaker who had the honor of being the first author chosen to become a member the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC. As a great devotee of reading and research herself, Neville has co-created several awards and grants presented by the Smithsonian Libraries.

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Health & Wellness, Inspirational, Personal Development

Nov 14: 1] Make Peace with Your Mind 2] Start Right Where You Are

We are our own worst critics due to that intruding inner voice that always makes us second-guess ourselves every step of the way… is it not good enough, or maybe too much… might as well give up, right? Now you can defeat that inner critic thanks to bestselling author and renowned meditation teacher Mark Coleman, who offers practical tools to shut that voice up for good in Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic.

Nineteen years ago, Sam Bennett was couch-bound and depressed and not in the mood for the famous self-help book her friends gave her to cheer her up. But as she adapted its ideas to her own life over time, she became a believer and her subsequent success in creating her own company inspired her to write Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists.

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At times the Inner Critic… that voice that makes us second-guess our every step by saying “not enough,” “not good enough,” or sometimes “too much,”… can be so strong that it feels invincible, but bestselling author and renowned meditation teacher Mark Coleman promises that it is not in Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic. Mark is the founder of the Mindfulness Institute and has guided students on five continents as a corporate consultant, counselor, meditation teacher, and wilderness guide.

Author Sam Bennett uses 66 small, easily doable changes you can make to achieve their goals and dreams in Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists. Readers will learn to get over their fear of success, figure out how to pick a great project, and find or build their “tribe” … a community of like-minded people who will support them, celebrate them, and cherish their involvement in their lives. Sam created The Organized Artist Company to help creative people get unstuck and achieve their goals. She is a writer, actor, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist who has counseled thousands of artists and entrepreneurs on their way to success.

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Lifestyle, Personal Development

Oct 17: 1] The 5 Roles of a Master Herder 2] Pivot: What is Your Next Move?

For thousands of years, herding cultures have perfected the art of leadership through the use of 5 specific roles utilized by the “master herder.” Author and teacher Linda Kohanov has explored “the way of the horse” and discovered that all 5 of these roles translate into modern society as well. Learn to recognize, cultivate and utilize these roles within your life and career in The Five Roles of a Master Herder: A Revolutionary Model for Socially Intelligent Leadership.

“Changes aren’t permanent, but change is.” (Rush, Tom Sawyer, © 1981 Mercury Records) If change is going to be a constant, then instead of fighting it, why not get better at it? Pivot: The Only Move that Matters is Your Next One by career strategist Jenny Blake helps you discover your strengths and prepare yourself for whatever is next on the horizon, be it a new job, promotion, or even starting your own business.

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Across several bestselling books, author and teacher Linda Kohanov has explored ?the way of the horse,? an experiential wisdom gained by studying the nonpredatory power of horses. InThe Five Roles of a Master Herder: A Revolutionary Model for Socially Intelligent Leadership, she adapts these horse-inspired insightscombining the five roles… dominant, leader, sentinel, nurturer/companion, and predator… into useful tools for developing collaborative leadership and managing change. Linda speaks and teaches internationally. She established Eponaquest Worldwide to explore the healing potential of working with horses and offer programs on everything from emotional and social intelligence, leadership, stress reduction, and parenting to consensus building and mindfulness.

In Pivot: The Only Move that Matters is Your Next One, author Jenny Blake supplies the answer to anyone asking “What’s next?” With an easy to decipher four-stage process, the reader learns to double-down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences, find new opportunities, identify skills, and take smart risks. After two years at an Internet start-up followed by five and a half years at Google, Jenny left corporate life in 2011 to focus on serving others and building her business full-time, and to unequivocally prioritize her health and happiness while doing it.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

Oct 10: 1] Take Control of Your Anxiety 2] 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.

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.

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Do you know what really triggers panic attacks? Are you a chronic worrier or have you ever self-medicated with alcohol or tranquilizers? According to mental health professionals, anxiety disorders have emerged as the common cold of mental illness. Dr. Chris Cortman and Dr. Harold Shinitzkyhave created a tool box of simple resources and self-help techniques with Take Control of Your Anxiety: A Drug-Free Approach to Living a Happy, Healthy Life, emphasizing a non-pharmaceutical, evidence-based approach to mastering anxiety. Chris Cortman, PhD has been a licensed psychologist for 28 years and is a much sought-after speaker, as well as providing psychological consultation at several hospitals. Harold Shinitzky, PhD has been a licensed psychologist for more than 20 years and was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Outsmarting Overeating by Karen R. Koenig explores eight essential life skills, illustrating how lacking in them can cause unnecessary eating. She picks up where diet books leave off, covering the difference between compulsive and emotional eating, why troubled eaters will never end their food problems if they dont’ improve their life skills, the psychology of eating, and how to combat rebound eating. Karen is a licensed psychotherapist, eating coach, and speaker who has authored five other books about eating and weight.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

Sep 19: 1] The Truth About Detoxing 2] Rethinking Narcissism

We live in the presence of over 80,000 chemicals in the U.S. today. Medical literature links our growing exposure to these substances with an increase in chronic disease, from ADD to cancer to infertility to fibromyalgia. Health expert and author Dr. Deanna Minich says you have to detox correctly for it to be effective. Her new book Whole Detox features the detox system she pioneered and debunks the many myths involved in detoxing, such as popular juice fasts, which deprive liver enzymes of necessary proteins.

Dr. Craig Malkin returns to Conversations Live to expound on his book Rethinking Narcissim: The Secret to Recognizing and Coping with Narcissists. Most people think of narcissists as boastful, manipulative, arrogant, and quite easy to spot. Today we’ll take a look at how to detect narcissism in those who are more subtle and hide it much better. Enjoy this encore broadcast, Vicki returns live next week!

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The best medicine is to look at our health as a whole – getting rid of all toxins, including those in body, mind, and spirit. Health expert and author Dr. Deanna Minich says you have to detox correctly for it to be effective. She has pioneered a detox system that focuses on physical toxins, together with the emotional aspects, using different mind-body techniques such as deep belly breathing and engaging in creative activities that free locked-up feelings. In Whole Detox, Dr. Minich also debunks the many myths involved in detoxing, such as popular juice fasts, which deprive liver enzymes of necessary proteins. Dr. Minich is a wellness and lifestyle medicine expert who has mastered the art of integrating ancient healing traditions with modern science. Her unique “whole self” approach to nutrition looks at physiology, psychology, eating, and living within what she calls the “7 Systems of Health.”

“What is narcissism?” is one of the fastest rising searches on Google, and articles on the topic routinely go viral. Yet, the word “narcissist” seems to mean something different every time it’s uttered. People hurl the word as insult at anyone who offends them. In Rethinking Narcissim: The Secret to Recognizing and Coping with Narcissists, Dr. Craig Malkin shows that there’s far more to narcissism than what is seen on the surface. Dr. Malkin deconstructs healthy from unhealthy narcissism and offers clear, step-by-step guidance on how to promote healthy narcissism in our partners, our children, and ourselves. Dr. Malkin is Lecturer in Psychology for Harvard Medical School and licensed psychologist with over two decades of experience in helping couples, individuals, and families. His research on the role of relationships in psychological growth has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and he is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post.

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Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Self-help

Aug 15: 1] Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow 2] The Stress Solution ~ PODCAST

Now you can encourage children to eat more veggies and fruits in a fun, educational and positive way. Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow uses charming illustrations by 12-year old Alexander Guylay combined with real-life photography and simple rhymes by award winning nutrition educator Kathryn Kemp Guylay to create an augmented reality that immediately draws kids in.

Contemporary life has come to include working too much, sleeping too little and feeling disconnected from partners and family. Our health and relationships suffer (as does our work.) As The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience author Arthur Ciaramicoli EdD, PhD, shows, this state of affairs can be changed… while maintaining high performance success.

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Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow is not just a book; it is a multi-media resource to help parents, teachers, groups and individuals eat better and be healthier! As the founder and executive director of Nurture, author Kathryn Kemp Guylay provides free nutrition and wellness education and services to children and families. As a principal of Healthy Solutions of Sun Valley, she brings wellness solutions to organizations and corporations through speaking engagements and workshops. You can hear Kathryn’s voice on KDPI FM Ketchum when she hosts her own bi-weekly radio show on wellness topics.

Arthur Ciaramicoli EdD, PhD uses simple and realistic, yet powerful and profound techniques in he Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience to demonstrate to readers how to use empathy to perceive accurately, use cognitive behavioral therapy to correct distorted thinking, and trigger our own neurochemistry to produce calm, focused energy. Dr. Ciaramicoli is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 30 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psycho­logical Association. Currently in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, and is a lecturer for the American Cancer Society among several other notable positions for various medical centers in Massachusetts.

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Fiction

Aug 01: Beach Reads – Lost Along The Way and Peregrine Island

Nothing is more relaxing than laying back on a quiet beach, with the company of the waves lapping peacefully at the shore, and a great way to while away the hours is with a compelling novel. Today’s guests have delivered the goods.

Also today, Conversations Live will be giving away four books from last week’s show, so listen in and be prepared to jot down the giveaway number to get your chance at a free book!

Acclaimed novelist Erin Duffy used her experience working on Wall Street as inspiration for her first novel, Bond Girl, and today she will discuss her latest work, Lost Along The Way, an exploration of women’s friendships and the critical ways they can grow, bend, even break, and be mended again.

Television shows like American Pickers and Antiques Roadshow that tease viewers with the universal dream of finding out that your dusty old painting is worth millions inspired versatile journalist Diane B. Saxton to pen her debut novel. Peregrine Island is a tale driven by mystery, as an unravelling family strains to stay together as their lives are picked apart.

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In Lost Along The Way, Erin Duffy explores the critical moments in all women’s friendships… marriage, motherhood, death, and divorce… and writes about the intricacies of family, friendship, and personal growth while dealing with the ups and downs life undoubtedly throws our way. She illuminates the moments that make us, the betrayals that break us, and the power of love that helps us forgive even the most painful hurts… a book not to be missed this summer. Erin graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and worked on Wall Street. She lives in New York City with her husband (whom she met the old-fashioned way… in a bar).

Peregrine Island is the story of the Peregrine family, living on an island off the Connecticut coast, whose lives are turned upside-down one summer when so-called art experts appear on their doorstep to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers along with other paintings are discovered behind the painting-in-question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation. As summer progresses, the Peregrines discover facts about their past in the course of the investigation and learn that people are not always who they appear to be… themselves included… and art is often a reflection of life. Diane B. Saxton was a journalist with Vanity Fair UK, Holiday Magazine, and Greenwich Review, and covered everything from torture victims to psychics, animal rights activists, exotic travel, and movie producers.

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