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Nov 19: Anne Lamott on Almost Everything: Notes on Hope & Mary Ann Esposito’s Ciao Italia

She’s a writer’s-writer. A reader’s-writer. And with self-effacing humor, and ruthless honesty, Anne Lamott makes us think about what most of us don’t like to think about.

She’s known for writing and speaking about subjects that begin with Big Capital Letters. Today we’ll share her thoughts on Hate, Jealousy, Love, Hope, and preserving one’s Sanity.

A New York Times bestselling author and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Anne Lamott has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. She’s taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Freida Mock, made a documentary on her called Bird by Bird with Annie. Anne Lamott’s latest book of essays is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

We’ll end today’s show chatting with the host of Ciao Italia, the longest-running cooking show on television, Mary Ann Esposito.  Find out the secret to the show’s success, her thoughts regarding pairing food and wine, and a few of her all time favorites for those who like to put an Italian spin on Thanksgiving.  Her latest book, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy reads as both a cookbook and a love-letter to Italy.

Mary Ann’s 12 books have helped chefs and foodies understand authentic Italian ingredients and dishes.  She created and has hosted Ciao Italia on PBS since 1989.

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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, Writers on Writing

DEC 04: James Rollins’ The Demon Crown

What do the British chemist who founded the Smithsonian and Alexander Graham Bell have in common with a primordial threat that could devastate humankind?  The bone-chilling answer lies in New York Times bestseller James Rollins latest Sigma Force novel, The Demon Crown.

James is a prolific author of international thrillers, blending historical fact with science fiction to create stories acclaimed for their originality.  His books have been translated into 40 languages.

Later, Vicki will help you get into the spirit of giving, (and maybe help you decide on a gift for that one person you can never figure out what to get), as she reveals our Conversations Live holiday gift book recommendations!

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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, Health & Wellness, Writers on Writing

Jun 12: 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

Jun 05: Spring Fiction Kicks Off with NYT Bestie Heather Gudenkauf

With the arrival of early June weather and late sunsets, it’s time to end each day with a page turner and a cool drink on the back porch.

First, New York Times and USA Today bestseller Heather Gudenkauf returns to Conversations Live with her latest work, Not A Sound, in which a shocking discovery combines with chilling secrets to create an emotional thrillride.

We’ll end today’s show introducing two debut novelists.  Benjamin Ludwig “was inspired to write Ginny Moon in part because of (his) own experience adopting a [young] lady with Autism.”

And, if you believe Kraft macaroni and cheese with hot dog pieces and a side of store brand ketchup deserves a spot on the food pyramid, Bunmi Laditan’s Confessions of a Domestic Failure is for you.

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

Mar 20: 1] The Education of Will 2] Chuck Wendig’s Thunderbird

Sometimes it takes the convergence of extraordinary circumstances to make us face our own demons. For many years, Dr. Patricia B. McConnell grappled privately with intense fear, shame, anxiety, and guilt.

In her latest book, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog, McConnell takes an unflinching look at her own trauma and how a problem dog helped her grow beyond it, ultimately healing both dog and owner.

Dr. McConnell is a Zoologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. For more than 25 years she’s specialized in canine aggression, consulting with pet owners on serious animal behavioral problems.

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, graphic comic writer, screenwriter, and game designer.

He talks “… a lot about writing. And food. And pop culture. And his kid. [And] uses lots of naughty language.” Best know for his New York Times Bestselling Star Wars: Aftermath series, Wendig’s latest book is Thunderbird, the fourth installment in the continuing saga of Miriam Black.

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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.

Listen to Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook, and follow Vicki St. Clair on Twitter!

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

Oct 31: 1] Shira Block’s Limerence 2] Sex Trafficking in King County

In your most vulnerable, fragile emotional moments, no elixir can cure what ails you like your partner. A great relationship, built on trust and love, can get you through the hardest times. But what happens when that security is shattered when you find out the relationship… and perhaps even your partner… doesn’t even exist? Therapist Shira Block examines catfishing, non-sexual cheating, and other faux relationships and how to identfy and cope with the fallout in her new book Limerence.

It is estimated that 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet. In King County, WA, a study conducted over a 24-hour period revealed that 8,800 people were online soliciting themselves for sex, and 27,000 were soliciting to buy. At any given time, 300-500 under aged girls are trafficked in King County. The average age of entry is 12-14 years old, with some as young as 8 or 9. Vicki talks with Carol Loya, founder of Escape to Peace, to discuss how we can raise awareness about the horrors of sex trafficking right in our own backyard.

Catch Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. Like us on Facebook and follow Vicki on Twitter for exclusive updates and contests!

Limerence by Shira Block is a psychological journey through a world of deception, phantom relationships, family secrets, self-destruction and recreation that draws on Shira’s years as a therapist and tackles modern day issues affecting millions of people and relationships. She covers such topics as emotional, non-sexual cheating that still impacts relationships; catfishing, the act of luring someone into a relationship using a fake online persona; and limerence, an obsessive infatuation with another person or a need for a relationship that interferes with the ability to see life clearly. Shira is a therapist, accomplished lecturer, writer, and personal coach.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating $32 billion a year in profit, tied with arms as the second largest, behind drug dealing. A modern form of slavery, it is estimated that 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet. And it’s happening right here in King County at an alarming rate. Carol Loya, a local resident and owner of Truce Spa, founded Escape to Peace after she witnessed the horrors of the sex trade during a 2012 mission to Pattaya, Thailand. As a former Ambassador for the non-profits Shared Hope and Not Abandoned, Carol’s mission was to rescue girls being sold as sex slaves. She often did this by taking them to dinner to talk, then bringing them to a designated safe house.

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Fiction, Personal Development

Sep 12: 1] Dropping the Struggle 2] Lilac Girls

What would it feel like to drop the struggle in life? To love the life you have? To heal the angst of “get more, do more, do it faster, better … and be more? Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have by bestselling author Roger Housden gives a definitive answer to these questions, helping the reader find peace and contentment in life.

Martha Hall Kelly wrote Lilac Girls, a powerful story inspired by actual events during WWII and her very first novel, at age 59 and it was an instant New York Times bestseller upon publication. The story comes from firsthand research as Martha traveled from Paris to Berlin to Warsaw and then even to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, until she was finally prepared to write this rare and emotional tale about Caroline Ferriday and her Rabbits.

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Is it possible to love the life you have, acknowledging and accepting the conditions of your life exactly as they are, and drop the struggle to make you and your life different? That is the question that Roger Housden gives a definitive answer to in Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have. He surmises that to get past the limitations our own egos force on us in the never-ending quest to find the things we want the most… love, freedom from anxiety, acceptance of our mortality… we need to surrender, letting go of our resistance to life as it presents itself. Known for his courses on Living and Writing wild, Roger is the author of 22 books including the bestselling Ten Poems to Change Your Life, and his writing can be found in O The Oprah Magazine, New York Times, and the LA Times.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly reveals the little known historical tale of New York debutante Caroline Ferriday, a Francophile, Broadway actress and philanthropist who was working at the French consulate when World War II broke out. Aiding the French Resistance fighters, Ferriday learned of a group of young Polish women used in horrific ways to advance Nazi medical science by having their legs gashed and operated on. Hopping around on crutches, they were called the Lapins, the Rabbits. Making it her mission, by 1959 Caroline brought thirty-five of the Lapins to the United States for medical treatment. Martha has worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and splits her time between her native New England and Atlanta Georgia. Lilac Girls is her first novel, and she is currently hard at work on the prequel.

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