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- 20101210 - Writers' Voices - Rebecca Janni

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Every Cowgirl Needs A HorseOn this week's Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with children's book author, Rebecca Janni. Despite having four young children at home, Rebecca recently sold four books.  Dutton Children’s Books released her first picture book, "Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse", in 2010 and has purchased two sequels, including "Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots", slated for publication in June 2011.  Also slated for publication is Rebecca’s book "Jammy Dance", which was purchased by Farrar Straus & Giroux.  Rebecca currently lives in Des Moines.

Make sure to tune in for this delightful interview!

- 20101231 - Writers' Voices - Robert & Connie Boyer

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Improving relationships and expanding love is at the heart of this week's Writers' Robert & Connie BoyerVoices.

Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with husband and wife writing team, Robert and Connie Boyer, about their new book, "Heart & Mind: A Perfect Union." Their book focuses on the uniting of the heart's pull of love and the mind's push of duty. According to the Boyers, this uniting is the only way to fully experience life's perfect love and bliss. Using classic movies, from Casablanca to It's A Wonderful Life to Groundhog Day, for examples, they explore ways people can untangle conflicts and enjoy the perfect union of heart and mind.

Robert Boyer is a retired clinical psychologist, teacher, and has written three previous books. Connie is a banker, former city councilwoman, mother, and grandmother. They own and operate a Fairfield bed and breakfast, Seven Roses Inn.

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The Chiru of High TibetThis week's Writers' Voices features Cheryl Fusco Johnson talking with children's book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Jacqueline's most recent book is "The Chiru of High Tibet". Her book tells the true story of how a scientist and four mountain men set out to save the antelope-like creature called the chiru. Chirus are sought after for their soft wool, however they cannot survive being sheared. Taking their wool means taking their life. This practice has caused the chirus to be on the brink of extinction.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin has written many children's books, including the Caldecott Award-winning "Snowflake Bentley", "Good Times on Grandfather Mountain", "Banjo Granny" and many more. She currently lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

- 20110211 - Writers' Voices - Wendy Delsol

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Wendy DelsolOn this week's Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with author Wendy Delsol.

Wendy started writing novels at age forty. After studying at UCLA Writers' Extension Program and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Stork she sold a young adult novel, "Stork", to Candlewick Press. That book was released last October. "Stork" tells the story of Kat Leblanc, a fashion conscious 16-year-old who moves from L.A. to a small town in Minnesota. In her new surroundings, she becomes a member of an ancient order of bird women who have the extraordinary task of soul delivery.

The sequel to "Stork", "Frost", will be published in 2012. Wendy's also sold an adult novel, "The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls", which is slated for publication August 2011.

- 20110617 - Writers' Voices - Jeni Reeves

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Jeni ReevesOn this Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with History Speakschildren's book illustrator, Jeni Reeves. Since 1998, Jeni has been illustrating children’s picture books, range from American biography and history to world culture and folklore, for the Lerner Publishing Group. She recently began illustrating for a new series for them, ‘History Speaks’ which dramatizes important events in U. S. history. Jeni has worked in the fields of photography, film-making, television, graphic design and illustration both in the States and in England. 

Tune in to hear a fascinating conversation!

- 20110902 - Writers' Voices - Wendy Henrichs

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I Am Tama, Lucky CatNew author Wendy Henrichs had two children’s Wendy Hendrichsbooks released in 2011.  With pictures by award-winning illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi, "I Am Tama, Lucky Cat" (Peachtree) retells the 17th-century Japanese legend behind the beckoning cat figurines commonly displayed in Japanese shops and restaurants.  Illustrated by accomplished artist John Butler, "When Anju Loved Being an Elephant" (Sleeping Bear Press) reveals how a lonely elephant no longer young enough to work in a circus or reside in a zoo finds friendship at last.  Always an animal lover, Wendy lives in Iowa City with her husband, two sons, two cats, one dog, and whatever stray wildlife manages to slip into their 88-year-old home.

- 20110930 - Writers' Voices - Diane Wilson

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Diane WilsonThis week's Writers' Voices guest is author and activist, Diane Wilson. Diane will speaking at the Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc. annual meeting giving a talk entitled “Corporate Accountability: One Woman’s Struggle and Triumph.” Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 pm at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Diane is a fourth-generation shrimper who made a living along the Texas Gulf Coast. She was driven to activism when she discovered her area was number one in the nation for toxic waste disposal. Through hard work and determination, Diane finally convinced local plastic manufacturers to sign a zero-discharge agreement. Since then, she has become a strong and vocal determined activist who has taken on a number of other environmental and human rights causes. In 2002, she helped co-found, Code Pink, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement.

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Dori ButlerThe Case of the Lost BoyCheryl Fusco Johnson takes the hosting duties this week. Welcoming onto the show children's author Dori Butler and her publicist Michelle Bayuk. Dori has written many children's books and stories. Her book "The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy" won the 2011 Edgar Award. She has also "ghostwritten" ten Sweet Valley Twins and Boxcar Children books.

With 20 years experience in children's publishing, Michelle F. Bayuk has been Director of Marketing at Albert Whitman &  Company since February of 2009.  Previously Michelle was Marketing Director for the Children's Book Council.  She's worked at many publishing houses, including Millbrook Press and Scholastic.

- 20111028 - Writers' Voices - Delia Ray

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Here Lies LincWriters' Voices gets into the Halloween mood with a conversation with Young Adult book author, Delia Ray. Her most recent book, "Here Lies Linc", a Junior Library Guild Selection, tells what happens when young Lincoln Crenshaw Jr. investigates a mysterious curse connected with an ominous statue in a nearby cemetary. Along the way, Linc discovers another haunting mystery lurking in his own family’s past.

- 20111031 - Writers' Voices - Frances Moore Lappé

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EcoMindFrances Moore LappeWe're very happy to present a special Writers' Voices interview with author and activist, Frances Moore Lappé. Her first book, "Diet For A Small Planet" , has sold millions of copies and has received praise from around the world. She has since authored many more books, including her newest "EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want". She is also the co-founder of Small Planet Institute and Food First. Gourmet Magazine named her one of 25 people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair, and Julia Child), who have changed the way America eats.

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The JugglerCheryl Fusco Johnson speaks with three Iowan children's books creators on this week's Writers' Voices.

First up conversations with the writer and illustrator of "The Juggler"(published by Ice Cube Press). "The Juggler" follows the wiry and tan young farmer, who desperately wants to be a great juggler. Through rhythm, rhymes, and vibrant colors, the book follows the young farmer's quest. Children's author and educator, Jeanette Hopkins provided the words, with artist Stormy Mochal providing the illustrations. Mochal also co-owns Outside the Lines Art Gallery in Dubuque.

- 20111125 - Writers' Voices - Dr. Bruce Hopkins

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When Foxes Wore Red Vests

Writers' Voices welcomes environmental educator, writer and historian Dr. Bruce Hopkins to the show this week. Dr. Hopkins has written the book "When Foxes Wore Red Vests", a collection of essays, poetry, drawings and photographs that demonstrate how sense-of-place can serve as a role-model for future generations, as well as helping us learn how we can best live in our communities and with the natural world around us.

Dr. Hopkins career has included teaching in Nebraska, New York, and Iowa, and serving as chief administrator of an Iowa area education agency. Bruce’s life now centers on helping people of all ages connect with nature, a greater sense of community, and the literature of place.

- 20111216 - Writers' Voices - Sharron McElmeel

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Sharron McElmeel

Long-time educator, Sharron McElmeel is the guest this week. Sharron is an an award-winning literacy advocate, author of educational materials, and publicist for many Iowa authors.

She has written extensively on integrating literature into every part of curriculum. She has been awarded with Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year and nominated as Iowa's Teacher of the Year.

- 20111230 - Writers' Voices - Larry Brooks

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Larry Brooks

 

Cheryl Fusco Johnson discusses storytelling this week with Larry Brooks. Larry, a critically acclaimed best-selling author of six psychological thrillers, has written "Story Engineering". The book presents readers with six core competencies that any writer should master. He is also the creator and editor of Storyfix.com, an award winning instructional writing site.

Don't miss this fantastic informational conversation!

- 20120120 - Writers' Voices - Melissa Tosetti

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Living The Savvy Life

Author, speaker, and teacher, Melissa Tosetti is our Writers' Voices guest this week. Melissa founded the online magazine, The Savvy Life, and, with coauthor Kevin Gibbons, wrote the book "Living the Savvy Life: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Smart Spending and Rich Living" (Morgan James Publishing 2011).

At businesswomen’s conferences in San Francisco and Sacramento, Melissa’s chaired panel discussions on balanced spending and financial security. She teaches courses on savvy living in the San Francisco Bay area and also at Chabot College in Hayward, California. Melissa also teaches Kung Fu and Fearless Fitness classes. Her hobbies include traveling with husband Paul and son Dante, horseback riding, gardening, and cooking. 

- 20120210 - Writers' Voices - Dan Buettner

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The Blue Zones Dan BuettnerThis week Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with Dan Buettner. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Zones and the author of "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest".  In 2004, Dan worked with National Geographic and some of the world’s top longevity researchers to identify places around the world where people lived measurably better. His research proved the basis for "The Blue Zones" book. Dan has also written "Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way" and used a similar approach to find the areas with the happiest people.

- 20120217 - Writers' Voices - Deborah Halverson

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Deborah HalversonCheryl Fusco Johnson is back this week with a conversation with award-winning author and editor, Deborah Halverson. For 10 years, Deborah edited children's books before starting to write herself. She is the author of teen novels "Honk If You Hate Me" and "Big Mouth". She has also written three books in a forthcoming series for struggling readers and a picture book about Santa Claus to be released. Deborah has a master's degree in American literature and a fascination with pop culture. She is also the founder of the writers' advice website DearEditor.com.  Deborah currently lives with her husband and triplet sons in San Diego.

- 20120406 - Writers' Voices - Wendy McClure

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Don't Trade The Baby For A HorseWendy McClureCheryl Fusco Johnson hosts Writers' Voices this week with guest author, editor, blogger, and humorist, Wendy McClure.  She is the author of "The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie"; and a recently released e-book, "Don’t Trade the Baby for a Horse and Other Ways to Make Your Life a Little More Laura Ingalls Wilder", that explores her obsession with all things Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Her published works also include essays in The New York Times Magazine; columns for Bust magazine; and the weblog Poundy, which she launched in 2000 to explore body image issues and to make fun of aerobics instructors. She’s written children’s picture books, such as "The Princess and the Peanut Allergy"and a memoir, "I’m Not the New Me".

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Caroline PrestonThe Scrapbook of Frankie PrattCaroline Preston, our Writers' Voices guest this week, has created the first ever scrapbook novel, "The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures". Pulling from her collection of vintage ephemera, including vintage postcards, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, fashion spreads, menus, and more, Caroline captures the spirit of the 1920s as seen through the eyes of the lovely, spirited, and ambitious Frankie Pratt.

Caroline Preston, who started collecting antique scrapbooks while still in High School, is the author of three previous novels, including "Jackie By Josie", a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and "Gatsby's Girl". She currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

- 20120511 - Writers' Voices - Polly Frost

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Polly FrostHumorist, Polly Frost has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other magazines. Her humorous essays have also been anthologized, including in two of The New Yorker’s “best of” collections. Her 2010 humor collection, "With One Eye Open", inspired Elle columnist, E. Jean Carroll, to call Polly Frost “the Edith Wharton of her generation."

Polly will be performing her one-person show, "How To Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family", Saturday, May 19 at The Englert Theatre, in Iowa City. Combining storytelling, anecdotes and humorous tips, Polly presents a heartfelt and humorous exploration of the journey families take as they grow and change in often unexpected ways. 

- 20120518 - Writers' Voices - Beth Howard

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Beth HowardCheryl Fusco Johnson sits down for a conversation with Iowa native, Beth Howard. Beth, a journalist for more than 25 years, has recently written "Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie". Her book recounts the sudden loss of her husband and her healing journey across the country that culminates in her return to Iowa, where she currently resides in the world famous American Gothic House and runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand.

Beth has recently appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Midwest Living and much more. Her previous writing has appeared in such publications as Shape, Elle, Fitness, Travel & Leisure. She has worked as senior editor for Sports Travler, web publisher, PR manager, and more.

Don't miss this delightful conversation!

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The Hop

 

Cheryl Fusco Johnson hosts this weeks conversation with Sharelle Byars Moranville, an award-winning versatile author of fiction for all ages. Her most recent book "The Hop" tells the intertwined stories of a Tad, a small toad taking on the challenge of saving his home, and Taylor, a girl determined to stop her grandmother’s pond from being turned into a strip mall. Along the way their quests take delightful and exciting twists in this tale of friendship, family, and growing up. This book is being published by Disney/Hyperion.

Sharelle has written 5 books including "Over the River", "The Snows", and "A Higher Geometry." She has been a writing teacher at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa and other venues.

- 20120622 - Writers' Voices - Eric Johnson

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Eric Johnson, founder of Inkslinger Industries, will discuss writing, formatting, and marketing ebooks and other topics related to new trends in publishing. Eric's latest book, How to Make a Book with iBooks Author, was created in an ebook format.

Eric explored book arts at Brown University, where he handcrafted books using fine arts techniques taught by Walter Feldman, whose artists' books are included in over 150 public collections. Eric also studied the interdisciplinary artistic practice of Cave Writing under author Robert Coover's direction. (Cave Writing takes place in a CAVE simulator, a virtual reality environment typically reserved for scientific visualization.) While at Brown, Eric also served as a Writing Fellow. 

- 20120629 - Writers' Voices - Ann Greenwood Brown

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Anne Greenwood Brown 

Anne Greenwood Brown grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the bow, and wondering what amazing thing might flash by.

Her book, "Lies Beneath," a compelling Young Adult fantasy featuring three scary mermaids and their more compassionate brother, answers that question.

Anne lives in Minnesota with her patient husband and three hilarious children.

This promises to be a lively interview.

Join us!

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Jennie Rothenberg GritzJennie Rothenberg Gritz is Senior Editor and Multimedia Editor at The Atlantic. She produces an online edition of the magazine, edits TheAtlantic.com's National Channel, and creates original videos for the website.

Before joining The Atlantic, she was senior editor of Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel.

Her writing has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune and in the book The Kindness of Strangers, a Lonely Planet travel writing anthology. Jennie grew up in Fairfield, earned her B.A. in Literature from the Maharishi University of Management, and received an M.A. in Journalism from the University of California in Berkeley.

- 20120817 - Writers' Voices - BK Loren

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B. K. Loren, Theft

B.K. Loren has been a naturalist, large predator monitor for Colorado State Parks, professional brainstormer, assistant chef, ranch hand, furniture maker, UPS driver, and college professor while still managing to produce prose that reviewers deem visceral, lyrical, and incandescent.

Her writing has garnered Pushcart nominations, fellowships, and inclusion among Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. BK lives with her partner, two dogs, and two cats in Colorado, where long, daily walks enrich her reflections on life. Join us for a discussion of her debut novel, Theft, categorized by writer Ann Pancake as “part environmental novel, part elegy to place, part family tragedy, part murder mystery.” A riveting combination!

- 20120824 - Writers' Voices - Michael Perry

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Michael Perry, Visiting Tom

Michael Perry, who once worked as a roller skating Snoopy, is a humorist and the author of the best-selling memoirs Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, Truck: A Love Story, and Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting. He's written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion and Salon.com and is a contributing editor to Men's Health. Off Main Street is a collection of his essays, and his latest memoir is Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace. Michael's also performed and produced two live audience humor recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow), and he performs regularly with his band the Long Beds. Michael and his family live in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active with the local volunteer rescue service. Look for him online at www.sneezingcow.com and tune in to KRUU for what's likely to be a lively, funny, and thoughtful discussion.

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Kate McGuinness studied writing at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Janet Fitch, who authored the Oprah Book Club selection "White Oleander." Kate pursued further studies in creative writing at the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously she'd earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego. Before leaving the corporate world to tackle fiction-writing, Kate practiced law for 17 years at a major international law firm, where she was one of a handful of women to achieve coveted partnership status. Later, a Fortune 500 company recruited Kate to serve as its General Counsel. Today she's a full-time writer who advocates for women's rights. Her essays on women's issues have appeared in Forbes Woman, The Women's Media Center, Jezebel, Role/Reboot, Ms. JD, The Girls Guide to Law School, and Fem2pt0. Her first published novel, Terminal Ambition, a legal thriller that explores issues of sexual harassment and discrimination, was published by Kate's publishing company Two XX Press in 2012.

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Mary Vermillion, Seminal MurderTo highlight real social issues, Mary Vermillion writes a murder mystery series featuring fictional radio talk show host (and amateur detective) Mara Gilgannon. Each Mara Gilgannon mystery explores a different contemporary issue. The third and latest installment in the series, which is published by Regal Crest Enterprises, focuses on lesbian couples who seek the services of an artificial insemination clinic.

Set in Iowa, Seminal Murder was released in May of 2012. A Professor of English at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Mary teaches a diverse range of courses, including Shakespeare, Creative Writing, and Law and Literature. Mary and her students often conduct book clubs with inmates at Anamosa State Penitentiary. She's also taken students on literary tours of England. Join us for a fascinating, wide-ranging discussion! 

- 20120921 - Writers' Voices - Robert Wolf

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Robert Wolf is the cofounder and director of Free River Press, a nonprofit publishing house currently headquartered in Decorah, Iowa. The press's motto is "Telling America's Story" and its primary mission is "to create an enduring collection of Americana, a literary mural, a mosaic, written primarily by people without literary ambition."

Cover of Aver Y Ahora

Besides encouraging ordinary people to record their stories, Robert has authored and edited many books, including An American Mosaic: Prose and Poetry by Everyday Folk and Jump Start: How to Write from Everyday Life, both published by Oxford University Press. Through Free River Press, he wrote and published The Triumph of Technique: The Industrialization of Agriculture and the Destruction of Rural America. In addition to leading writing workshops, Robert directs seminars and rural economic development projects through Free River Press.

Aired on Iowa Public Radio, his six-part commentary, Developing Rural Regional Economies won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Radio Editorial of 1994. In 2007 a Free River Press book edited by Robert, Aver & Ahora (Yesterday & Today): Stories of Sant Fe and Northern New Mexico, won a New Mexico Heritage Preservation Award.

Tune in to learn Robert's sure-fire techniques for getting everyone writing and to hear his thoughts on improving rural economic conditions.

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Debut novelist and former Simon & Schuster editor Karen Thompson Walker wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work. A graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program and a recipient of the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship as well as a Bomb Magazine fiction prize, Walker sold this coming-of-age/dystopian novel in a seven-figure deal to Random House and 24 international territories.

Movie rights to the book have been optioned by River Road Entertainment, with Seth Lochhead slated to write the script and Bill Pohlad as producer. Despite her rapid rise to publishing superstardom, Walker remains levelheaded. Tune in to hear her thoughts on the creative process, publishing success, and books that inspire her.

 

- 20121005 - Writers' Voices - Wendy del Sol

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Des Moines author Wendy Delsol discusses Flock, the third and last book in her young adult fantasy series about human stork, Katla Leblanc and her boyfriend Jack. Based on Norse mythology, the popular trilogy has met with critical acclaim as has Wendy's debut adult novel, The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls.

Coming late to her writing career, Wendy studied writing at UCLA and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She eschews the 'write-what-you-know' school of thought. "Write what you're interested in. Write what you want to know about. Have fun!" she advises. Clearly, she's having fun despite a grueling writing schedule that's enabled her to successfully publish and promote four books in the past three years. Tune in to learn how she does it.

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Philip Goldberg at KRUULos Angeles-based author Philip Goldberg is a screenwriter, Huffington Post religious-issues blogger, novelist, and nonfiction writer. His book American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West was named one of the top ten books on religion in 2010 by the Huffington Post.

The American Library Association's Booklist Online awarded it the same honor in 2011. Philip has authored or co-authored nineteen books and has much to say about spirituality, publishing, and how both have changed during his lifetime.

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Heather Alexander, an Assistant Editor for Dial Books for Young Readers, acquires books for all ages, picture books to young adult novels, and ushers them through the publication process. Heather edits the award-winning and popular Charlie and Lola picture books.

She also edited Jeanne Ryan's debut young adult novel, Nerve, in which a naive teen girl gets caught up in an anonymous online game of dares. 

Listen in to learn what's new in the world of books for young readers.

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Eula Biss headshotEula Biss teaches creative writing at Northwestern University. Her book, Notes From No Man's Land, received the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her work has also been recognized by a Pushcart Prize, a Jaffe Writers Award, a 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library.

Eula holds a BA in Nonfiction Writing from Hampshire College and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and a host of other literary journals.

Eula will be in Iowa City Wednesday, October 24th to speak at an Englert Theater literary event with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson. Click on picture for complete event details.

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Ethel Barker's experEthel Barker at KRUUiences teaching remedial reading to Junior High students helped her recognize the need for books that educate while holding students' interest. In 1988 while reading an Iowa history magazine called The Palimpsest, she spotted an historic photo of three ragged boys asleep beside a trash pile on a New York City street.

The accompanying article, "The Orphan Train Comes to Clarion" triggered her interest in the orphan train movement and Iowa's involvement in it. Years of research and writing culminated in Ice Cube Press's recent publication of Ethel's debut juvenile novel, For the Love of Pete: An Orphan Train Story. Ethel will read from this book at Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City at 7 PM on November 15th.

20121109 - Writers' Voices - Jeanne Ryan, Nerve

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Nerve, Jeanne Ryan's young adult novel about a shy girl unintentionally enmeshed in a dangerous online game of dares, was released in September 2012 by Dial Books.

Raised in a family of 11 brothers and sisters, Jeanne spent her early childhood in Hawaill and the rest of her growing-up years trying to figure out how to get back there. Along the way, she lived in South Korea, Michigan, and Germany.

Now she lives in Seattle with her husband and children. Jeanne holds a degree in social welfare. Before writing fiction, she tried her hand at many things, including war game simulation and youth development research. 

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Linda Sue Park is probably best known for writing the 2002 Newbery winner, A Single Shard, for which she became the first Korean American to win the Newbery. That book and many of her others, including A Long Walk to Water, have been named to various best-book-of-the-year awards.

Linda Sue, herself, has been honored with the Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award, the Empire State Author Award, and Rochester, New York's Arts Council Literary Artist of the Year Award.

- 20121116 - Writers' Voices - Susie Hathaway

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Susie Hathaway helps women over 50 stay active and strong. Certified as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, she's an active volunteer for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Her newsletter and exercise-advice blog provide tips on how to stay healthy, strong, and independent during the second half of your life. Susie recently wrote, produced, and released a home-exercise DVD called Susie Hathaway's Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention.

- The Studio - 20130107 - Jill Farmer

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Certified Master Life Coach Jill Lingwall Farmer's mission in life is teaching fun, open-minded men and women how to overcome their belief that there's not enough time to get everything done.

In this premiere episode of KRUU's new show "The Studio," Jill shares client-tested strategies for streamlining to-do lists so that they reflect our deepest motivations in life and ensure satisfaction and success.

A former TV anchor and consumer issues reporter, Jill's a summa cum laude graduate of Drake University's School of Journalism. She's received Emmy Awards and other accolades for excellence in reporting. Her book, "There's Not Enough Time...And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves" was published in 2012. Don't miss this life-changing hour!

- The Studio - 20130114 - Rob Cline

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ROB CLINE Joins CHERYL FUSCO JOHNSON in THE STUDIO

Cedar Rapids Arts and Culture Professional Rob Cline wears a lot of hats. He's Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium, Grants Manager of Cedar Rapids Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, and Series Coordinator of Out Loud!, the Metro Library Network Author Series.

Somehow he's also managed to write and publish a great new mystery, Murder by the Slice. And-- launch the 365 Short Stories reading campaign for 2013. How does he do it???

Find out at The Studio this week!

- The Studio - 20130121 - Phyllis Khare

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Phyllis KhareSocial Media Marketing expert Phyllis Khare, co-founder of an online learning center called the Social Media Manager School, has tons of advice for entreprenuers and others seeking to use online resources wisely. Phyllis authored Social Media Marketing eLearning Kit for Dummies and coauthored Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies. She's been a featured guest on Social Media Examiner, eMarketingVids, and many Twitter Chat Events. She's also an experienced entrepreneur. Don't miss this show--you're bound to learn something new!

- The Studio - 20130128 - Matt Stutzman

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Matt StutzmanMatt Stutzman won a Silver Medal in the Paralympic Games in London in 2012 for Archery (Individual, Compound, Open). He holds two national records in archery and a Guinness World Record for the longest accurate shot--230 yards! Matt's accomplished all this despite being born without arms. Dubbed the Inspirational Archer by all who know him, Matt reveals how he overcame his disappointment at shooting less than what he considered his best during the 2011 Parapan Games in Mexico--he missed garnering a world record by only two points--and persisted in pursuing his goal. Matt lives in Fairfield with his wife Amber and three young sons. He's developing a speaking career, plans to enter the 2016 Paralympics, and is slated to compete in many international archery events in 2013. He's got a great sense of humor, too. Don't miss this inspiring show!

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Karen Grencik was working happily as a court reporter when she met Lu Chi Fa, a Chinese immigrant to the U.S. His story of overcoming terrible hardships without becoming bitter impressed her so much that she began using her court reporting skills to record it. Next she searched for a writer willing to shape his story for publication. Before long Karen found herself running her own literary agency, which was propelled to success largely by her sale of Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan by Lu Chi Fa with Becky White. Karen became a favorite presenter at writers' conferences and her clients won many awards. In 2011 she joined forces with Abigail Samoun to launch Red Fox Literary, a boutique agency specializing in picture books, middle grade novels, and young adult titles.

- The Studio - 201310211 - B.K. Loren

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Why did the editor of B.K. Loren's first book of essays accuse her of writing like a wolf? How does B.K. strive daily to live up to that accusation? B.K. answers these questions during an in-depth discussion of the creative process that helped her produce her novel, Theft;her first essay collection, The Way of the River: Adventures and Meditations of a Woman Martial Artist; and her newest book, Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food.

B.K.'s writing has garnered Pushcart nominations, fellowships, and inclusion among Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. Tune in to learn how B.K. crafts prose that reviewers deem visceral, lyrical, and incandescent.

- The Studio - 20130218 - Darryl Pitts

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On The Studio, Director Darryl Pitts discusses Reel Black Love, his documentary film that explores cinematic depictions of African American romance. Narrated by acclaimed actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Pitts' documentary highlights powerful (but rare) romantic moments of African Americans in movies. During candid interviews, Pitts captured industry elites (including Lynn Whitfield, Regina King, Vanessa Williams, Ernie Hudson, Nia Long, Diahann Carroll, and Keenan Ivory Wayans) sharing favorite on-screen couples and the movies that changed their perceptions of themselves and blacks in Hollywood. In a free program co-sponsored by Cedar Rapids' African American Museum of Iowa, Pitts screened Reel Black Love and engaged in a panel discussion about it Feb. 21st, 2013 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.

The Studio - The Studio - 20130220 - Lynn Koos

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Lynn Koos, curator of Cedar Rapids' African American Museum of Iowa shows off drums that are part of the new Western Africa Before the Boats exhiibit. Featuring vibrant murals, beautiful artifacts, intriguing videos, and weaving-, music-making, and other hands-on opportunities, this exhibit runs through March 30, 2014.

Lynn reveals other great features of the museum, which embraces the mission of preserving, publicizing and educating the public on the African American heritage and culture of Iowa.

Don't miss this new exhibit or Lynn's inspiring talk. Tune in!

- The Studio - 20130311 - Virginia Morell

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Virginia Morell photo by Michael McRaeDo dogs think? Do rats laugh?

All over the world, scientists are making new discoveries about how and what animals think and feel. Acclaimed science writer Virginia Morell visited these researchers, and she reports their discoveries on animal cognition in her new book, Animal Wise: the Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures.

Virginia's three previous celebrated nonfiction books are Ancestral Passions, Blue Nile, and Wildlife Wars (coauthored with Richard Leakey). Her work appears regularly in Science, National Geographic, and Conde Nast Traveler. Want to know what your dog has in mind? Tune in to this show to find out!

Photo courtesy of Michael McRae

- The Studio - 20130318 - Bobbi Miller

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 Bobbi Miller: Folktales Are Endangered!

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Folklore is endangered: should you care? Yes! says author Bobbi Miller, and she explains why during this behind-the-scenes look at tales that reflect the unique history of the United States. An author, a story collector, a storyteller, and a writer who teaches writing, Bobbi's earned five college degrees, including an MA in chilldren's literature from Simmons College and an MFA in children's writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level college composition classes and, occasionally, a folklore survey course.

20130325 - McFarland Gaub Duo

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At 7:30 PM on Sunday, April 7th the McFarland Gaub Violin and Piano Duo will perform three Johann Brahms sonatas at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. Tune in to hear bits of each sonata and Nancy and Gene's discussion of how each one is unique. They'll also give us their predictions about the future of classical music.

Gene and Nancy, husband and wife, are both faculty members in Grinnell College's Music Department. As a pianist, Gene made his New York debut performing Bartok's First Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He's given solo piano recitals at Carnegie Hall and many other venues. He's also performed with orchestras in Vienna and Salzburg. A specialist in chamber music, he's performed with many ensembles throughout the U.S. 

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"Bartending proved instrumental in how the magazine formed...." Sarah Dodson, Executive Director of Make Literary Productions, reveals the backstory behind the 2005 founding of Make: A Literary Magazine. She also discusses how Make, which she cofounded with writing friends, forges connections among writers and artists spread across the globe. Containing work from writers in the U.S., Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, the latest issue, Exchange/Intercambio, features work translated from Spanish to English and others translated from English to Spanish. Join us for an fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a literary journal and the minds of the volunteers whose devotion keeps it relevant and fresh. Sarah and other Make writers will be in Iowa City next week for the Mission Creek Festival.

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Prolific author Roxane Gay visits Iowa City April 2nd - 7th as a Writer-in-Residence for this year's Mission Creek Festival. She has two books coming out in 2014. Her fiction and essays appear in dozens of national magazines and in her previously-published book Ayiti.

She's co-editor of Pank Magazine, essays editor of The Rumpus, and she teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. She'll appear at Prairie Lights Tuesday, April 2nd alongside author John D'Agata. On this episode of "The Studio" Roxane reads one of her stories; Joe Tiefenthaler announces Mission Creek's amazingly full literary lineup; and Sarah Dodson, Executive Editor of Make Literary Productions, reveals the backstory behind the founding of Make: A Literary Magazine. Tune in!

- The Studio - 20130408-Nancy McFarland & Gaub

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Why do athletes learn to play the violin? Has the Mozart Effect been verified by science? Can Tai Chi improve pianists' performance?

Violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub and pianist Eugene Gaub answer questions about classical music that you never thought to ask.

They also play and discuss bits of three vastly different Brahams' sonatas.

Tune in for a lively, informative hour of The Studio with host Cheryl Fusco Johnson.  

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Author Linda EgenesTo celebrate National Library Week (April 14th-20th), the Fairfield Public Library is hosting the First Annual Local Authors Exhibition. On Monday through Thursday, from 7 - 9 PM, goups of local authors will speak at the library. An authors' open mic event will be held at the library on Saturday from 1 - 4 PM. All five events are free and open to the public. Books sales will be held on site.

Poets kick off the exhibition Monday, April 15th with Freddie Fonseca as facilitator. Tuesday, April 16th will feature kids' writers under the direction of children's librarian Jessi May. Wednesday, April 17th nonfiction author Linda Egenes will host the Health & Fitness panel, with Mayor Ed Malloy making a special appearance. Thursday, April 18th Diane Denbaum will lead the Dating & Relationships panel. Saurday's Open Mic will be hosted by the founder of the Annual Local Author's Exhibition, Slobodan Dumuzliski. To learn more about what local authors are up to, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week. Linda Egenes and Slobodan Dumuzliski are lively guests!

- The Studio Cheryl - 20130422-Francis Thicke

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Francis Thicke's five year term on the The National Organic Standards Board started on January 24th, 2013, but his dedication to organic farming began over 30 years ago. He and his wife Susan operate a 160-head, certified organic dairy on 450 acres in Fairfield. Francis previously served as a National Program Leader for Soil Science at the USDA Cooperative Extension Service, and he's been active in many environmental organizations. The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service named him the 2012 Farmer of the Year. 

At 3 PM on Saturday, April 27th in the Cambridge Room of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Francis will participate in a free readers theater production of Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment. This play was written by students in Mary Swander's Iowa State MFA writing class. Mary is Iowa's poet laureate, and she'll facilitate audience discussion after the performance. She'll also present a free keynote talk, "Celebrating Local Community," at 7:30 PM at the Fairfield Public Library. Both these free events are part of the EcoFairfield Festival.

To learn more about organic standards, rural issues, Farmscape, and Francis Thicke, tune in to this episode of The Studio with Cheryl.

- The Studio - 20130429 - Lynn Koos

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Lynn Koos & Jeni Reeves at Museum ExhibitAfrican American Museum of Iowa: Happy 20th Birthday! This Cedar Rapids museum is hosting lots of great events this week. Don't miss out on all the fun! For details on all the birthday celebrations, tune in to Cheryl's second chat with curator Lynn Koos. High-lights include Free Friday on May 3rd and a Saturday birthday party (also free) on May 4th with 20 different hands-on children's activities. Other plans include a formal dinner Thursday, May 2nd, and a mixer Friday night. Lynn explains the museum's mission and details its history, as well. Be sure to tune in! Lynn is pictured here (left) with Iowa artist Jeni Reeves (right) at the museum's colorful textile exhibit. Visit the museum soon!

- The Studio - 20130504- Diana Star Helmer

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DiElsie's Afghanana Star Helmer switched to epublishing after traditionally publishing 43 nonfiction books and the popular picture book, The Cat Who Came for Tacos. Her ebook novel for middle-grade students, Elsie's Afghan, highlights the transformative power of a shy girl's love for the afghan hound she knitted. On The Studio with Cheryl, Diana discusses why, despite her love of printed pages, she embraced new technology. She also reveals tidbits about her creative process and how she and her husband, fellow writer Tom Owens, facilitate each other's writing.

Diana's book, Belles of the Ballpark, about the All American Girls Baseball League, was named to the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list. She and Tom had seven of their coauthored books about Women's National Basketball Association teams published in one year. That same year Diana had an eighth book, American Woman Suffragists, published, as well.

- The Studio - 30130513 - The Blue Zones

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Get ready, Jefferson County, Iowa! Behind the scenes many of your friends and neighbors are working with businesses, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, health service providers, and other entities to help you enhance the quality and length of your life. The crest of the Blue Zones wave will hit the county this autumn, but change is already in the works. To guide their efforts, organizers are harnessing nine powerful principles observed in communties with the world's longest lived people. Soon many opportunities will emerge for you to learn about and consider trying activities aligned with these principles. Want to know what to expect? Tune in! Ken Daley and Julie Howland Stephens reveal Blue Zones plans on The Studio with Cheryl.

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Corey Morrow in Tea Shop 

 

Corey Morrow's Earth & Water Tea Lounge & Pottery Shop celebrates one year of business in Fairfield, Iowa on Friday, May 24th, 2013.

During this episode of The Studio with Cheryl, this young entrepreneur reflects on what it took to launch the business voted as Winner, Best Coffee or Tea Shop in The Iowa Source 2013 Regional Restaurant Survey.

For details on the Tea Shop's birthday celebrations and on the strategies Corey uses to run a successful new business, tune in to The Studio this week.

 

- The Studio - 20130527 - Susan Salzman Raab

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Marketing Consultant Susan Salzman Raab will reveal "New Rules of Media Engagement" on Saturday, June 1st at the Coralville, Iowa Public Library during a conference sponsored by the Iowa chapter of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for its Published and Listed (PAL) members. During this "Wave of Inspiration," two Iowa children's authors will also speak. Jacqueline Briggs Martin will discuss research techniques and Gary Metivier will provide time management strategies. 

- The Studio - 20130603 - Marilyn Bode

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Book Cover: My Mean MomMarilyn Bode attributes her complete recovery from polio in 1952 partly to her "mean" mom's rigorous administration of a physical therapy regimen that included twice-daily hot baths. Those baths weren't easy for her mom, Vivian Lawson, to arrange in a farmhouse that relied on an outhouse and had no running water.

With help from friends and relatives, Bode has turned her family history into a poignant, self-published children's book, My Mean Mom. It includes an informative historical afterward and includes a page of activities children can do to further their understanding of this era of our country's medical history. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week: you'll be inspired to record your own family's stories!

- The Studio - 20130610- Frances Caballo

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Marketing Strategist Frances Caballo provides online marketing tips for authors in her book Social Media Just for Writers and in socialmediajustforwriters.com. Caballo is Social Media Editor for three large California writers' groups, has 25 years of communications and marketing experience, and owns ACT Communications.

A specialist in social media training, she sets up and manages clients' social media accounts, coaches clients on social marketing platforms, and blogs for clients. Her latest Kindle e-book is Blogging Just for Writers. Caballo accepts that  social media can be challenging but says, "It's the future and we all need to ride the wave and let it help us to reach our dreams." Learn how social media can help you reach your dreams--tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week!

20130701 - The Studio - Susan Daniels

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Book Cover Horse Show Mom's Survival GuideWhile earning her B.S.N. in Nursing from the University of Iowa, Susan Daniels was persuaded to write a magazine column and then a book, The Horse Show Mom's Survival Guide, for parents of children competing in horse shows. With her passion for writing unleashed, she launched into fiction-writing, too, and recently earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. While agents are considering her new novel-in-stories, Susan's enjoying blogging about books, writing, and life at www.susansreading.com.

Tune in to The Studio this week for Susan's thoughtful reflections on creativity, healthcare, writing, and healing. She'll share an excerpt from her new book, too!

- The Studio - 20130715 - Kate McGuinness

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Kate McGuinness

 

To educate people about discrimination and sexual harrassment in the workplace, attorney Kate McGuinness self-published Terminal Ambition, a legal thriller.

By strategically blogging, newsjacking, and participating in Amazon's Kindle Direct program, Kate got her book into the hands of 32,490 readers.

Kate discusses her role as an advocate for women's rights and her successful book promotion strategies this week on The Studio with Cheryl.

Tune in!

- The Studio - 20130708 - D. J. MacHale

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NYT best-selling author D. J. MacHale reveals success secrets he's gleaned from celebrities and fans while directing films, executive producing TV series, and penning wildly popular young adult novels. Paraphrasing the famous (Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, Haig Manoogian) and the relatively unknown (a young fan, a school librarian, his 10-year-old daughter) D. J. dispenses a bit of crowd-sourced wisdom nearly every minute. How to deal with reluctant readers, wordsmithing vs. storythinking, long-haul truckers' reading preferences--it's all covered here!

You'll also hear D. J.'s thoughts on fan fiction, Skype school visits, and his brand new thriller (deemed "unputdownable" by Kirkus) Sylo. Don't miss this show!

- The Studio - 20130722 - Ariel Kiley

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Smitten Book CoverJames Gandolfini's advice helped inspire Sopranos actress Ariel Kiley's transformation into an author--and licensed yoga instructor. Ariel and her best friend, actress-turned-psychotherapist Simone Kornfeld, spent five years refining their dating philosophy. The result? A unique nonfiction dating guide called  Smitten: The Way of the Brilliant Flirt. Despite the lighthearted title and occasionally jocular tone, this attractive little black book contains some daunting but intriguing suggestions interspersed with tons of sensible guidance. Even happily established couples will find something helpful in this fun-to-read book. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Ariel this week!

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Diane FrankMUM's Literature Department Reunion, Part 1: Diane Frank, Silvine Farnell & Terry Fairchild

Poets, professors, authors, and former students will celebrate 40 years of Maharishi University of Management's Literature Department August 30 through September 2nd on MUM's campus in Fairfield, Iowa. Literature Reunion celebrations will include book exhibits, readings, and master classes.

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MUM's Literature Department Reunion, Part 2: Rhoda Orme Johnson, Nynke Passe, Tim Truby, Anna-Maria Cornell & Matthew Kendz

20130819 - Lee Starshine

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Web marketing expert Lee Starshine explains ethical email newsletter strategies, how to segment email newsletters for maximum results, and her pioneering software usability study, "Critical Thinking and Hypertext in the Secondary School System." A skilled writer, computer expert, and computer trainer, Lee has an M.A. in Professional Writing and an undergraduate degree specializing in Computers and Learning. She's worked in writing, technical support, training, software design, and software testing. As the owner of Web Marketing Star, she provides online marketing services, such as search engine optimization, web hosting, and ecommerce development. Also, as the Newsletter Gal, Lee specializes in helping clients develop effective, ethical email newsletters and marketing campaigns. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week for online marketing tips and a glimpse into how Lee's childhood fascination with Legos and Star Trek helped foster her development as a computer programmer and online marketing expert.

20130826 - Ken Grimes

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Double Double book cover For 10 years a special book project eluded famed mystery writer Martha Grimes' grasp. In 2012 she garnered the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, and she's published at least one book a year for the last 30 years. Not until June 4, 2013, though, did she succeed in publishing a nonfiction book she'd pondered for years. Both Martha and her son Ken Grimes are alcoholics who've been sober for over two decades. Their experiences with alcoholism and their paths to sobriety differ radically, and that's one of the many intriguing facets of their inspiring memoir, Double Double: a Dual Memoir of Alcoholism.

20130902 - Francesco Marciuliano

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Poem and photo of dogCartoonist Francesco Marciuliano follows up on the success of his New York Times Bestseller I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats with a funny and poignant new title, I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs. Francesco currently writes Sally Forth, an internationally syndicated family comic strip that appears in nearly 800 newspapers around the world. He's also a playwright and served as head writer for the highly praised PBS children's series SeeMore's Playhouse. This week on The Studio with Cheryl Francesco discusses the creative process and how his parents nurtured his talents and continue to feed his funny bone. Tune in! 

20130909 - Anola Pickett

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Anola Pickett makes history intriguing for kids of all ages. She's repeated the 2011 success of her juvenile historical novel Wasatch Summer, set in Utah in 1889, with a great just-released page-turner, Whisper Island, set in 1913 in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Abandoned by her mother, protagonist Primmy longs to someday join the U.S. Life-Saving Service like her dad and older brother, but until 1919 this precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard accepted only men.

With an exquisite eye for detail and a deep understanding of human nature, Anola utlizes all the skills and knowledge she developed as an urban language arts teacher and avid world traveler to pump life into days gone by. Adults, too, will enjoy this book! Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn Anola's techniques for making her travels pay off.

20130916 - Joy M. Newcom

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Parenting a disabled child during his first five years of life is candidly described in Joy M. Newcom's self-published memoir, Involuntary Joy: a Story of Unexpected Rebirth. A motivational speaker, Joy co-owns JoyMark! Communications with her college professor husband. Their public relations consulting firm specializes in providing comprehensive services to nonprofits. Joy served as creative consultant and event coordinator for an Iowa conference on diversity issues for the Lt. Governor's Committee on Diversity (with Dr. Maya Angelou as featured speaker). Joy has also overseen many print and video productions. For 17 years she was an adjunct instructor of public relations for Waldorf College. Involuntary Joy details her thoughts and feelings during her son Stross' early years. She and husband Mark live in Forest City, Iowa with Stross and their younger son Skye. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn about self-publishing and about what parents of disabled children really wish you would do.

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- The Studio - 20130923- Sarah Trigg

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Artist Sarah Trigg investigated the creative processes of 200 fine artists by visiting their studios, interviewing them, and photographing the bizarre collections, odd rituals, and makeshift tools that help and inspire them. Then Sarah culled her photos and interviews down into an exploration of 100 artists.

The result is Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process, released by Princeton Architectural Press last week. Following a narrative arc that loosely explores all stages of artists' lives, this book provides a unique view of artists and their creative process. Sarah's photos of and commentary on how artists work just may inspire you, too, to unleash your playful side so don't miss The Studio with Cheryl this week! 

- The Studio - 20130930- Wayne Johnson

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Wayne Johnson's new memoir Baseball Diaries: Confessions of a Cold War Youth, published by Submarine Publishing, reads like a series of interconnected, cleverly-crafted and hilarious short stories. Using all the skills he developed writing critically acclaimed, best-selling novels and popular nonfiction books, Wayne poignantly reveals what it was like to grow up during the bombshelter-building era. Wayne's been a Chesterfield Writers' Film Project Fellow in Hollywood and has received recognition from the Sundance Film Festival for his screenplays. His short stories have appeared in anthologies and in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Story, and other magazines. Wayne's received many accolades for his work, including a listing as a London Times bestseller for his first novel, The Snake Game; three Pulitzer nominations; and New York Times Notable Book citations.

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Author Bruce HopkinsIn his new book Truth in the Rivers, author, educator, and political activist Bruce Hopkins weaves together seemingly disparate elements. Via poems, essays, photographs, and paintings, he explores Japanese American Internment during World War II, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the importance of exploring nature's lessons with children. Bruce's deceptively slim new book, just released by Ice Cube Press, is an artful tapestry of complex and important issues. Tune in to The Studio this week for a thought-provoking hour with Cheryl, Bruce, and his wife Jeanette. 

- The Studio - 20131016 - Alex Cequea

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Alex CequeaAlex Cequea is Editor-in-Chief of iPhone Life Magazine and a Managing Partner at Mango Life Media. An MBA holder, he's knowledgeable about personal branding, business, and mobile technology. At the 2013 CTIA iZone Innovation Stage meeting, Alex served as the main host, moderated panels, presented talks, and conducted on-stage interviews. He placed in the top 200 speakers worldwide out of 25,000 people in the 2011 Toastmasters International Inspirational Speech Contest.

In June of 2013 he broke (unofficially so far) the Guinness World Record for Longest Speech Marathon by giving a series of back-to-back presentations for almost 37 hours straight. His work and projects have been featured on TIME.com, Discovery Tech, NBC, ABC, Univision, and CBS. A former Division I college tennis player, Alex travels between Boulder, Colorado, Houston, Texas, and Fairfield, Iowa. He's the featured speaker 7:30PM, Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at Fairfield, Iowa's Golden Speaker Toastmasters Club meeting. 

- The Studio - 20131014 - Patrick Irelan

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Miracle Boy Book CoverAuthor Patrick Irelan earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. He also studied poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop. For many years, Patrick wrote and edited educational materials for the university's Division of Continuing Education. His award-winning short stories have appeared in many regional publications, including Kansas Quarterly, Crosscurrents, Iowa City Magazine, and Wisconsin River Valley Journal. A versatile writer, Patrick has also authored two memoirs, Central Standard: a Time, a Place, a Family, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2002, and A Son of the Middle West, published by Ice Cube Press in 2006. Ice Cube Press also published Patrick's first collection of short stories, Reruns, in 2009, and has just released his second story collection, The Miracle Boy.

- The Studio - 20131104-James Moore

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For seven years, under the dedicated guidance of Station Manager James Moore, radio station KRUU LP 100.1 FM has fulfilled its mission "to give Fairfield a voice and strengthen the community by encouraging creativity, dialogue, and community involvement."

During this hour James will explain upcoming changes in Federal law regarding low-power stations and explore KRUU's past, present, and likely future. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week, and when you get a chance, take a minute to thank James for his devoted leadership.

- The Studio - 20131028 - Rob Cline 2

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Rob ClineCedar Rapids Arts Professional Rob Cline returns to The Studio to report on the success he and his critique group buddies experienced after teaming up to inspire each other to finish, self-publish, and market their novels. Rob also reveals how his 365 Short Stories in 2013 project inspired him to write and submit short stories of his own. Rob's the Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium and the Grants Manager of the Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. He's appeared at Prairie Lights Bookstore and other venues to promote his self-published mystery, Murder By the Slice.

20131111 - Steven Semken

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Ice Cube Press LogoTwenty years ago, Steven H. Semken founded Ice Cube Press, an independent publishing company operating out of North Liberty, Iowa.

To bolster its application to become an official City of Literature, Iowa City referred to Ice Cube Press and mentioned its focus on how to best live with the natural world and its interest in topsoil, Devonian fossil beds, landcape art, weather patterns, and prairies.

Over the years Ice Cube Press's mission has broadened; it now publishes novels, short stories, poetry, real-life murder mysteries, and children's books, as well as nature-focused fiction and nonfiction.

To learn how a lone entrepreneur built and sustains a thriving Midwestern small press, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Steven this week.

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Stuart Dybek on a slaughterhouse school field trip, Mary Kay Shanley on Thanksgiving tamales--you'll find this and more in Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food. Just released by the University of Nebraska Press, this thoughtful and sometimes funny collection of essays by the region's finest writers was edited by Peggy Wolff.

At 7 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 20th, authors of some of the essays will read excerpts from this book at Prairie Lights in Iowa City.

On The Studio this week, former New York Times food columnist and award-winning author, Molly O'Neill will discuss food, writing, and Midwestern culture with Peggy and Cheryl. Why does Molly think writing about food is a great warmup for other kinds of writing?

Tune in to find out!

- The Studio - 20131125 - Chris Higdon

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Chris Higdon clearly recalls helping his dad glue pink tiles onto a customer's bathroom wall when he was only four years old. in 2009 this father/son duo founded Everything Stone by Masterpiece LLC. They specialize in polishing and installing granite, marble, ceramic tile, and cultured stone. Partnered with Creative Edge Mastershop, they've tackled many ambitious projects, including the inticate floor medallion that greets visitors to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center in Fairfield, Iowa. In this hour of The Studio, Chris, now 27, discusses the rewards and challenges of running an intergenerational small family business. Tune in to learn how the Higdons successfully solved the puzzle of how a father and son can work harmoniously side-by-side for decades. 

- The Studio - 20131216 - Eric Johnson

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Eric Johnson with Pinup Popup CalendarNow on Kickstarter, Eric Johnson's Pinup Popup 2014 Desktop Calendar weds paper engineering techniques to fun and tasteful images inspired by the classic style of pinup girls' golden era (the 1940s and 1950s). On this episode of The Studio Eric explores the ups and downs of crowdfunding, the evolution of paper engineering, maker spaces, and how emergent technologies benefit artists. A book indexer, maker, author, and artist, Eric studied book arts at Brown University under Walter Feldman. If you're considering launching a Kickstarter campaign or if you're wondering what happens when you combine the concepts behind a desktop calendar, pinup girls, and popup books, be sure to tune in!

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20140106 - The Studio - Darcy Pattison

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Published in eight languages, Darcy Pattison's children's books earned her the Arkansas Governor's Art Award for Individual Artist in 2007.

Two years later she launched Mims House to independently publish children's books (such as Prairie Storms) and how-to-write books for adults (such as Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise and The Book Trailer Manual).

Darcy's independently published books win prizes, are acclaimed by major review media, and earn her a profit. How does she do it?

Learn specific strategies for succeeding at independent publishing during this episode of The Studio with Cheryl.

- The Studio - 20140113- Sarah Aronson

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Sarah Aronson, authorAuthor Sarah Aronson embraces one of the last taboos in children's literature by injecting issues of faith and moral complexity in her novels for young people. Because Sarah enjoys provoking thoughtful discussion, her published novels, which currently include Head Case, Beyond Lucky, and Believe, feature characters that are not all that nice. A former physical therapist who was once principal of a private religious school, Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Children's Literature from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she organizes Novel Writing Retreats. Sarah will read and discuss books at the One Book Two Book Festival taking place in Iowa City January 17-19, 2013.

- The Studio - 20140115- Loren Long and John Kenyon

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Otis Christmas book coverLoren Long illustrated President Barack Obama's picture book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to  My Daughters and pop star Madonna's picture book Mr. Peabody's Apples. Children love Loren best, though, for the books he writes and illustrates about Otis, a friendly, brave farm tractor. Loren's picture book Otis was a New York Times Best Seller. On October 3, 2013 over 2,460,000 children enjoyed Otis because Jumpstart, a children's literacy program, selected it as its 2013 Read for the Record book. How did a guy who admits he didn't like to read as kid launch such an amazing career in children's books? Find out this week on The Studio with Cheryl!

- The Studio - 20140120- Loren Long and Sarah Aronson

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Do children's books still matter? Children's book authors Loren Long and Sarah Aronson have slightly different takes on why kids and reading belong together. Famous for illustrating picture books by President Barack Obama and pop star Madonna, Loren is best loved for writing and illustrating wildly popular books about Otis, a brave and humble farm tractor. Loren treasures the feeling of security young children experience when adults take time to read to them. Sarah writes middle grade and young adult novels, like Beyond Lucky and Believe, that inspire young people to thoughfully consider their views on leadership, friendship, and faith. Both authors have much to say during this episode of The Studio with Cheryl Fusco Johnson, pictured here with Loren Long.

- The Studio - 20140120- Loren Long and Sarah Aronson

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Do children's books still matter? Children's book authors Loren Long and Sarah Aronson have slightly different takes on why kids and reading belong together. Famous for illustrating picture books by President Barack Obama and pop star Madonna, Loren is best loved for writing and illustrating wildly popular books about Otis, a brave and humble farm tractor. Loren treasures the feeling of security young children experience when adults take time to read to them. Sarah writes middle grade and young adult novels, like Beyond Lucky and Believe, that inspire young people to thoughfully consider their views on leadership, friendship, and faith. Both authors have much to say during this episode of The Studio with Cheryl Fusco Johnson, pictured here with Loren Long.

- The Studio - 20140125 - Katherine L. House

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Katherine L. HouseWhich U.S. president's son peppered Andrew Jackson's portrait with spitballs? Which president's daughter splashed Easter Egg dye on White House kitchen walls? Vivid anecdotes and 21 fun yet educational activities make Iowa City author Katherine L. House's new book a great read for kids and adults. Slated for release by Chicago Review Press in February, The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol reflects its author's enthusiasm for history. Katherine was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Arlington, Virginia. She's written about U.S. and Iowa history for children's magazines and she's also contributed work to The New York Times, The Washtingon Post, and other publications. Katherine loves lighthouses, too. She's visited over 100 in the U.S. and Canada. Her first book was Lighthouses for Kids.

- The Studio - 20140203 - Noah Loin

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Noah Loin's Rock'n Raw Chocolates, organic red wine, and the Hurlin Brothers' and James Moore's music will be featured at a candlelit Valentine's Party Friday, Feb. 14th at Fairfield, Iowa's Cafe Paradiso. Learn how in a single year Noah developed raw chocolate recipes and convinced retailers in Iowa and New York City to market his wares. Noah also shares lessons he learned along the way, including how to identify mentors and develop a personal business philosophy. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl Fusco Johnson and guest co-host Eric Johnson.

- The Studio - 20140210 - Winnie Abramson

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Winnie Abramson, who earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Seattle's Bastyr University, wants you to embrace health-enhancing habits, one simple change at a time. Released in January by Chronicle Books, her guidebook One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life advocates tackling one new approach to daily living each week; in it she provides 50 clearly explained and persuasively argued possibilities designed to set you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Since 2009, Winnie's been the recipe-developer, writer, and photographer of Healthy Green Living, a blog that touts green living, home cooking, and wholistic nutrition. Her work has been featured on many other sites, including Fine  Cooking, food52, The Kitchn, The New York Times, and MindBodyGreen. Her recipes have been included in many cookbooks, too. Winnie lives in upstate New York with her husband, two kids, and many pets, including a flock of chickens.

- The Studio - 20140217 - Ron Louthan

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Plan a dual-continent cultural exchange for fourth graders to promote a kids' book? Why not? Fairfield, Iowa author Ron Louthan reasoned.

So, thanks to his persuasiveness, students in Byron Community Primary School in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia and in Pence Elementary School in Fairfield, Iowa have embarked on a joint literary venture that includes reading, cooperative story writing, and a bit of readers' theatre.

For details on how a lone author managed to convince public school officials on two continents to join forces to enhance their students' engagement with literature and each other (while promoting his book, The Unlikely Confederacy of Hoggy, Froggy, and Ernie), tune in this week to The Studio with Chery.

- The Studio - 20140303 - Susan Sussbaum

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Honored as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader in 2008, playwright and disability rights activist Susan Nussbaum wrote her first book, Good Kings Bad Kings, recently and promptly won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Published by Algonquin Books in 2013, Susan's debut novel was the 2013-2014 Villanova One Book selection. Good Kings Bad Kings also was the Indie Next Pick for 2012 and was included in the In the Margins Top Ten List for 2014.

Barbara Kingsolver deems Susan's book "fiction at its best" and "a stunning accomplishment." Don't miss The Studio with Cheryl and Susan this week!

- The Studio - 20140310 - Tom North

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A 1968 film starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, Yours, Mine, and Ours purportedly told the true story of Tom North's youth as part of the happy, blended Beardsley-North family, which ultimately included 20 children. Tom recently dispelled the "one big happy family" myth that this movie created by writing and independently publishing a memoir. An Amazon Best Seller, Tom North's book, True North: The Shocking Truth About Yours, Mine, and Ours was listed by The Washington Times as Recommended Reading, garnered rave reviews by Writers Digest, and won a Living Now Award Gold Medal. 

Tom, a graduate of Maharishi International University (now Maharishi University of Management), will read from and sign copies of True North at 1:30 PM, Saturday, March 15th in Revelations Cafe and Book Store. Tom is a financial investment advisor, and he lives in Carmel, California with his wife, Connie.

- The Studio - 20140401 - Darcy Pattison

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Independent publisher Darcy Pattison discusses her new nonfiction picture book, Aboyomi, and her latest childrens's novel, Saucy and Bubba, a contemporary Hansel and Gretel tale that explores the tangled threads of a family touched by grief, alcoholism, and economic frailty. During this second visit to The Studio, Darcy also discusses novel revision techniques and how she researches nonfiction. Acclaimed by major review media, Darcy's books have been translated into eight languages. Be sure to tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Darcy this week to learn how this prolific author accomplishes all that she does.  

- The Studio - 20140407 - Dr. Travis Stork

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Dr. Travis Stork's emergency room work inspired his latest New York Times best-seller, The Doctor's Diet: Dr. Travis Stork's STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Health. Based on the latest scientific research, this book's 10 food prescriptions, eight weight-loss payoffs, and three eating plans are easy to grasp and highly motivating.

Dr. Travis, who co-hosts the Emmy Award-winning TV show The Doctors, is dedicated to sharing useful and accurate health information. If achieving and maintaining a proper weight is important to you, don't miss The Studio with Cheryl and Dr. Travis this week!

The second half of the hour features a recap of the best bits of picture book author and illustrator Loren Long's visit to The Studio. Loren reveals the secrets behind the creation of his acclaimed and wildly popular picture books featuring Otis, a friendly, helpful, and humble farm tractor.

- The Studio - 20140414 - Jim Belilove

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Jim Belilove

Twenty-five years ago business strategist Jim Belilove and artist Harri Aalto recognized undeveloped possibilities inherent in emerging waterjet technology.

Headquartered in Fairfield, Iowa, the company they founded, Creative Edge Master Shop, Inc., is the largest and most experienced independent waterjet fabrication and design company in the U.S.

What exactly does Creative Edge do to marble, granite, and a host of other flooring materials to make their products so coveted and unique? And how did Jim and Harri translate their appreciation for new technology into global leadership in the waterjet fabrication and design arena?

During this episode of The Studio with Cheryl, Jim answers these questions and shares details about Creative Edge's Gigantic Premium Floor Products Remnant Sale taking place 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 19th at 601 S. 23rd Street in Fairfield.

- The Studio - 20140421 - Troy Dunn

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Troy Dunn created two hit TV series, The Locator and APB with Troy Dunn, to reunite separated friends and families. To strengthen your family relationships, he wrote Family: the Good F-Word, The Life-Changing Action Plan for Building Your Best Family. Packed with quizzes, worksheets, and thought-provoking statistics, Troy's new book provides common sense tools people can use to foster happier and more stable relationships. To hear Troy debunk popular myths about marriage, discuss relationship roadblocks, and reveal the right way to fight with your spouse or partner, tune in to The Studio with Chery and Troy this week. 

- The Studio - 20140428 - Julie Ham

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- The Studio - 201405012 - April Henry

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New York Times best-selling author April Henry has two new thrillers coming out this spring. Aimed at young adults, The Body in the Woods focuses on a teen trio newly inducted into a Portland, Oregan search-and-rescue team. Penned with national TV legal analyst Lise Wiehl, A Deadly Business (for adult readers) features single-mom Mia Quinn, who prosecutes Violent Crimes in Seattle courtrooms. April's had 17 books published.

- The Studio - 20140519 - Beth Howard

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Beth Howard's new book busts pie-baking myths and boasts 80 diverse and tasty recipes. Released by Race Point Publishing, Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House instantly sold out. (You can still buy it; the publisher put out a second printing.) What accounts for this book's wild popularity? Beth deeply reveres pie's community-building aspects while eschewing contemporary stipulations that frighten modern bakers.

Take it from the baker who made Steven Speilberg coconut cream pie, Dick Van Dyke strawberry rhubarb, and Barbra Steisand lemon meringue: baking pie can be simple and fun. Becoming a confident pie baker could lead you to greater adventures. Find out how on The Studio with Cheryl and Beth Howard this week.

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- The Studio - 20140526 - Afton Hallauer

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Fizz, Boom Fun! Extending beyond storytime, free Fairfield Public Library activities this summer include insect and animal zoos, science movies, Lego days, and much, much more. Youth Services Director Afton Hallauer has tons of science-related programs planned to keep your kids happy and their reading and science skills fresh.

Learn all about the library's free summer kids' programs and about other organizations' children's activites 1:00-4:30 PM Saturday, June 7th at the library. Even FAIRfest has something special for kids this year: author Jeanette Hopkins will lead a story hour replete with singing, dancing, and juggling at the library 2:00-3:00PM Saturday, June 21st. For a detailed description of the many ways you can head off your kids' summer complaints about boredom, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Afton this week.

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Beth HowardTurn your blog posts into best-selling books! Learn to do that and more at FAIRfest 2014's writing events! Yes! Like Mission Creek in Iowa City, FAIRfest 2014 will offer programs (all free!) for people of all ages who love writing and books! Five creative, wonderful past guests of The Studio created these events.

- The Studio - 20140609 - Jill Esbaum

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Always rollicking, often rhyming, and sometimes historical, Jill Esbaum's 17 kids' books have snagged tons of awards. Released by Dial Books for Young Readers in 2014, her two newest children's picture books, I Hatched! and I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!, were inspired by Iowa farm life. Jill and her husband raise corn, soybeans, and hundreds of pigs on a farm near Dixon, Iowa.

The five new kids' books Jill has out this year also include National Geographic Kids' Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest. To find out how Jill's fondness for farmland and familiarity with hard work fuel her successful writing and publishing career, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Jill this week!

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Write with a poet who studied with Gary Snyder.

Plan your blog-to-book strategy with the NYT best-selling author who bakes pies in the American Gothic house.

Let the kids in  your life waltz, sing, juggle, and learn how books are made from an award-winning author/teacher/story-time leader.

Begin or continue writing a book or work on an art project (quietly) at Fairfield's most beautiful tea shop

- The Studio - 20140715-Norman Zierold

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How did small-town Iowa boy Norman Zierold become a Hollywood biographer, recording the stories of movie moguls, child stars, and famous actors?

Even more exciting than his tales about the many celebrities he's encountered is Norman's own story. Lucky us! Norman's recorded his journey from shelling peas beside cooks in his family's Amana colonies restaurant to rubbing knees with Barbara Walters on TV.

This week on The Studio with Cheryl, Norman discusses the mentors and experiences that inspired his life choices.

Learn about his life and about THAT REMINDS ME, his stream-of-consciousness memoir (and what a consciousness it is!), by tuning in to The Studio with Cheryl and Norman this week.

20140721 - The Studio - David Thebodo

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Dave ThebodoProviding life-size, actual train cars for "The Lone Ranger," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," and other Hollywood movies may not be a snap for Fairfield entrepreneur David Thebodo but, like Radar from the TV show M*A*S*H, he somehow always manages to find and secure what's needed. How did a guy with an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amhearst, 4-1/2 years of service doing search & rescue missions for the U.S. Coast Guard, and a stint as Assistant Director of Fiscal Affairs during the earliest days of Maharishi University of Management end up in such a weird profession? David shares this and more--including timely news about The Fairfield Cultural Alliance's grant program--this week on The Studio with Cheryl. Tune in for a glimpse into the life of a creative, community-minded, unique Iowan entrepreneur.

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Cheryl Fusco Johnson & Linda Eve DiamondWhere does creativity come from? Linda Eve Diamond, who's authored a dozen books ranging from poetry and self-help to business and educational, provides clues in her newest book, The Beauty of Listening.

This compendium of poems explores inner listening, communication, the impact of listening on love, and other intriguing topics.

During this hour, Linda explains how Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Book Project, Anastasia Clark's Hobo Code Event, and a life-changing trip to a Publix sushi counter sparked her creativity. For a lively discussion that just might spark yours, too, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Linda this week. Linda's husband, Jeff Novick, chimes in a bit, as well.

- The Studio - 20140811 - Wayne Johnson

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On the Observation Car book coverIowa Writers Workshop alumnus Wayne Johnson credits his ability to create award-winning fiction to story angels singing in his ears. Creativity tricks Wayne gleaned from UI's master writers just might play a part in his ability to elicit his muses' support. While discussing his latest story collection, On the Observation Car, Wayne reveals techniques he gleaned from Wallace Stegner ("pin setting"), John Updike (forward lean), and Jane Smiley ("that delicious question of outcome--the need to know 'what happens . . .'"). Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week for Wayne's insightful, often comic musings on the source of his fiction and the origins of creativity.

 

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Book Cover: Lost ClerihewsWith authors and book titles swirling incessantly inside his head, legendary literary tastemaker Paul Ingram of Iowa City's Prairie Lights Bookstore fell victim to clerihew mania. The result? A new book, The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram, published recently by Ice Cube Press and illustrated with Julia Anderson-Miller's witty and thoughtful pen-and-ink drawings. As award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken reports in the foreword, this book is "everything that Paul Ingram himself is: hilarious, ribald, tender, erudite, naughty." Watch out!

- The Studio - 20140901 - Loren Long

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Where do writers find the inspiration to craft NYT best-selling books? Author and illustrator Loren Long's children's picture book Otis spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. During this visit to The Studio, Loren reveals he found inspiration for a pivotal page in his new book Otis and the Scarecrow from the final "O Captain, My Captain" scene in the award-winning film, Dead Poets Society, which featured Robin Williams. For a peek into the creative process of one gifted writer/illustrator and clues about how to unleash your own inner genius, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Loren.

20140915 - Esther Ehrlich

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Esther Ehrlich, Author of NestWhy do people's stories matter? Because they help us discover what it means to be human. They help us explore how to make good choices about how to live, too. So says oral historian and author Esther Ehrlich. Her recently released historical novel NEST is receiving well-deserved and widespread critical acclaim. Nest explores serious issues (family dysfunction, physical disability, depression, grief, and loss). Still, joy leaps off its pages, and the healing power of nature, friendship and art is stressed. For a glimpse into the creative journey of a gifted writer, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Esther Ehrlich this week.

 

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I Knead My Mommy Turning grief into a wildly popular, hilarious series of pet poetry books is one of Francesco Marciuliano's many accomplishments. His latest book, I Knead My Mommy and Other Poems by Kittens was just released by Chronicle Books. It follows two other volumes, I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs and I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats, which made it onto many best-seller lists. Francesco dedicated his first pet poetry book, I Could Pee on This, to his cats, Natasha and Boris. After they died, he coped with losing them by writing humorous poetry from their point-of-view.  

Where does the creativity to spin sadness into joy come from? Francesco (who's also a cartoonist and playwright) employs several tactics to avoid writers block and facilitate creative expression. For insights into the creative process of a very talented guy, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Francesco Marciuliano.

- The Studio - 20140929 - June Melby

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Can you write funny things about people without make them hate you? Standup comic and internationally known performance poet, June Melby can. Her hilarious memoir My Family and Other Hazards reveals universal truths and individual quirks she discovered about herself and others while helping her family run an unprofitable, hand-crafted minature golf course.

June's the voice of "Bang" in the Warner Brother's film Space Jam, which also featured Michael Jordan. Don't pass up this chance to hear June's other secrets! Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and June!

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- The Studio - 20141020 - Susie Hathaway

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Susie HathawayCertified personal trainer Susie Hathaway gleaned crucial fitness tips from astronauts, waterpolo players, and a nonagenarian track star, and she wants to share these tips with you! Susie teaches strength training to individuals and in classes. She blogs, writes newsletters, and produces DVD's to help all of us stay strong and healthy as long as we possibly can. To hear Susie's fitness tips and her recommendations for great books on health and wellness, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Susie this week. 

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- The Studio - 20141110 - Lori Belilove

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Lori Belilove Dancing

Rarely seen dances that explore the legacy of Isadora Duncan will be performed by Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company in Fairfield, Iowa's Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 PM Saturday, Nov. 15th and 3 PM Sunday, Nov. 16th.

Through her own dancing and through the dance company and the nonprofit foundation she established 33 years ago, Lori's dedicated her life to extending the dream, dance legacy, and indomitable spirit of Isadora Duncan.

Why? Where did Lori's passion for Isadora's dances originate? Is Isadora still relevant today? To learn more about the mother of modern dance and about the woman considered by many as the living embodiment of Isadora's grace, power, and mastery of weight, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Lori.

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Anna-Maria PetricelliAt the age of 10, Anna-Maria Petricelli, who was born and raised in Croatia, visited New York City with her mom and vowed to someday return to the U.S. Nine years later, Anna-Maria made her way to a small college in Iowa, where she earned a B.A. in Literature and graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian of her class. How did a young woman, from a single-parent family with modest funds, manage to fulfill her dream? Now studying linguistics in a graduate program at the University of Iowa, Anna-Maria plans to teach English as a Second Language. She's also crafted a successful writing career for herself. Under the pen name Erin Aislinn, she's had three novels and three novellas published. Her latest book, BLOODLINE: THE LEGACY, is a vampire erotic romance.

- The Studio - 20141208 - Ruth Backstrom

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Ruth BackstromRuth Backstrom, Executive Director and co-founder of a nonprofit called Solution Generators Network, has explored techniques communities can use to identify and address issues, such as economic disparity, food insecurity, and lack of affordable housing. In Durham, North Carolina Ruth's nonprofit partners with other organizations to support film and lecture series, facilitated community discussions, wisdom circles, and local sourcing of jobs. Ruth also has tips regarding grantwriting and how to improve the odds of success in securing funds for community projects. For ideas on how individuals can help their communities forge the future they want for themselves, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Ruth. 

- The Studio - 20141222 - Ally Condie

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Atlantia Book CoverHer young, autistic son's quiet and brave approach to life inspired Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched Trilogy, to pen Atlantia, her latest New York Times bestseller. In this stand-alone, dystopian, young adult novel, Ally thoroughly explores the power of voice. Trapped in a disintegrating underwater world, her protagonist, Rio, must harness latent powers to save herself and those she loves. Rio's challenges include assessing the sincerity of others' voices, unscrambling mysterious voices from the past, and honing the power of her own voice. The complexities of female relationships are explored in this book, too. Rio struggles to understand her relationships with her sister, mother, and aunt. Why has Rio's beloved sister betrayed her?

- The Studio - 20150119 - Elaine Duncan

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 "Turning down my muse is not an option!" So says artist and art instructor Elaine Duncan, past winner of the Eisner Award for Outstanding Creativity. Whatever form you like your creativity to take, if neglect has caused your muse to go on strike, Elaine's advice will help you gently coax it back. Elaine earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of California at Berkelely and pursued postgraduate studies in art at Colorado State University. In 2007, she served as a panelist during a UC Berkeley symposium on "Making Art in Times of Change." In 2008 Mulberry Knoll Books released Feathered Space, a 120-page story revealed through Elaine's drawings, designs, and poetic word play. Elaine has won many art awards and has exhibited her artwork at The Presidio in San Franscisco and at galleries in Iowa, Arizona, and Illinois.

- The Studio - 20150126 - Kate McGuinness

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Kate McGuinness, Life CoachCultivate strategies for handling career and other (sometimes unexpected) life changes, Executive Life Coach Kate McGuinness advises. During this hour, Kate shares tools she's acquired for successfully weathering transitions. She honed these tools while facing her own career challenges and while earning life coaching certification at the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, California. The linear path of career change versus the cycle of renewal model of change is one topic Kate explores. Others include identifying core values, reframing, experimentation, cocooning, and the role emotion plays during decisionmaking. Kate also shares titles of many books she and her clients consult during times of transition.

- The Studio - 20150202 - Joseph Weber

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Transcendental Meditation in AmericaHow has the Transcendental Meditation Movement affected Fairfield, Iowa? Award-winning journalist Joe Weber answers this question in his new book, Transcendental Meditation in America: How a New Age Movement Remade a Small Town in Iowa.

Currently an associate professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Joe explored different areas of life in Fairfield by interviewing past and present residents of this small Iowa town. His conclusions haven't pleased everyone, and perhaps they won't dovetail with yours.

For a glimpse into how a former financial reporter perceives Fairfield's future, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Joe Weber, a former Chief of Correspondents for Business Week and the current Jerry and Karla Huse Professor of News-Editorial at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Michaela Making Quiche

 

"Music feeds us energetically." So say husband and wife singing duo Steve & Mlchaela Terrien McLain, who will serenade couples at 8:30 PM on Valentine's Day in Fairfield at The Burning Oak's basement bar. Whether she's stirring up quiche filling, painting pictures, or writing songs, Michaela says, "It's fun to create!"

During this wide-ranging interview, she and Steve reflect on the origins of their musical journeys, express gratitude toward mentors, and reveal the conditions they find most helpful when writing songs. For tips that just might help your creativity flow more freely, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Steve & Michaela Terrien McLain! 

- The Studio - 20150225 - Lois Brandt

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Maddi's FridgeHow can kids combat food insecurity in children? As a little girl, author Lois Brandt didn't know how to help when she discovered her best friend's family had no food to eat. As a grownup Lois researched strategies; then she penned MADDI'S FRIDGE so today's kids wouldn't feel as helpless as she did. Publisher Flashlight Press donates 10% of the book's profits to help fight childhood hunger, and Lois waives her author visit fees to schools that organize food drives. To learn how to empower yourself and the kids in your life to combat food insecurity in children (and also a little about how to write a great picture book), tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Lois Brandt!

- The Studio - 20150302 - Pat Zietlow Miller

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Sophie's Squash Book CoverA full-time day job, 126 rejections, and a family to care for didn't keep PAT ZIETLOW MILLER from realizing her goal to become a successful children's picture book writer. Plucked from Schwartz & Wade Books' slush pile, Pat's first picture book SOPHIE'S SQUASH received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, and School Library Journal. It also captured seven major honors for picture book writing, including the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book Award, the Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book Award, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Golden Kite Award. Contracts for eight other picture books from a total of five different publishers quickly followed.

During this wide-ranging discussion, Pat reveals the strategies she used to reach her goals and help her stories take flight. For a detailed report on all the steps one would-be writer took to make her wildest publishing dreams come true, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Pat Zietlow Miller.

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- The Studio - Lois Brandt edited

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- The Studio - 20150323 - Michael Kutcher

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Michael Kutcher, Inspirational SpeakerFor nearly 30 years Michael Kutcher (superstar Ashton's twin) divulged to very few people that he's struggled since birth from a mild form of cerebral palsy. Then he met Bella, a little girl afflicted with a severe form of CP. Bella can't speak so today Michael speaks for her. He advocates for people with disabilities by lobbying government officials and by accepting motivational speaking engagements. He also supports philanthropic groups, such as Reaching for the Stars (a foundation of hope for children with cerebral palsy), Organize (which encourages organ donation), and the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Michael embraces his philanthropic activities gracefully despite the demands of single parenting his young son and holding down a full-time job in the financial services industry. And he manages to do all this despite a plethora of lifelong health challenges, including a successful heart transplant at age 13. For Michael, the consequences of a mild form of CP encompass hearing loss, poor eyesight, weakness on the right side of his body, and a slight speech impediment. To learn how Ashton and the twins' parents helped Michael develop the 'I can do it' attitude that's enabled him to achieve incredible successes despite multiple health hurdles, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and her very inspiring guest Michael Kutcher.

- The Studio - Michael Kutcher

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- The Studio - Michael Kutcher

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- The Studio - 20150406 - Tim Britton

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Tim BrittonBest known for his virtuosity on the Uillean (Irish) bagpipes, wooden flute, and tin whistle, Tim Britton is also famous for making Uillean bagpipes and for engineering and producing all types of music. In 1989 Tim was designated as a "master" by the Iowa Arts Council and nominated for a "Best of Philadelphia Music Award." He's performed in concerts all over the world, and his music has been included in over 30 recordings, including one that's been archived at the Smithsonian Institution. He's composed and performed music for National Public Radio, stage plays, modern dance, and TV shows and commercials. Tim authored a book and a video on reed making, and he's taught at workshops, schools, and community programs. 

For a glimpse into how a highly respected musician has channeled his creativity into so many different arenas, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Tim Britton.

- The Studio - 20150413 - Stacey Hurlin

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Stacey Hurlin"Everyone has that creative impulse: it's what we have in common." So says arts advocate, Fairfield First Fridays Art Walk founder, and visual artist Anastasia Kirtakis Hurlin (a.k.a. Stacey Hurlin). How did this dynamic Fairfielder thrust the impulse to showcase art every month on the Fairfield town square into a reality that will soon celebrate 13 years of existence? That's over 150 diverse & delightful art-focused social gatherings in a town with less than 10,000 people!

- The Studio - 20150420 - Jill Burnett

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It's Money Smart Week! Celebrate by learning how Jill Burnett, CEO of Libertyville Savings Bank and winner of the 2014 Extraordinary Banker Award, honed her money management skills by raising and selling calves on the family farm.

Like her dad, whose career path included being a bank janitor, a bank president, and a bank owner, Jill believes, "Life is a good teacher."  

For tips on developing "Money Smart" skills, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jill Burnett. 

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Grace Gillespie Carter, AuthorFriendship helped Grace Gillespie Carter access the fortitude to plan, write, revise & self-publish City of Three Rivers, her award-winning epic novel set in Dayton, Ohio. As school girls, she and lifelong friend Rachel Hyde bonded over their shared love of writing. Eventually, they vowed to support each other's efforts to get their books written and published. Now both have succeeded: in December Rachel released her novel, More than We Know.

Grace's book, City of Three Riverscontains an intriguing mix of colorful fictional and actual historic figures (like the Wright brothers and quirky entrepreneur John Patterson). This novel's setting in flood-prone Dayton heightens suspense. With deftly drawn characters and a multigenerational approach, Grace's novel has won accolades from Dayton's current mayor and a number of authors. It also captured second place in the inaugural Inkfingerz writing competition. 

For a glimpse of how two friends urged each other on to self-publishing success, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Grace Gillespie Carter.

- The Studio - 20150518 - Chad Elliott

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Singer Songwriter Chad ElliottAward-winning singer-songwriter Chad Elliott's channeled his creative energy into 19 albums, two movie sound tracks, a kids' book line (that he writes, illustrates, and enlivens with original music), photography, ceramics, fine art paintings, and more. How does he do it?

- The Studio - 20150525 - Afton Hallauer

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The Magic Thief by Sarah PrineasFantasy Author Sarah Prineas, who penned the wildly popular Magic Thief and Winterling book series, will talk to kids & teens at the Fairfield Public Library during FAIRfest 2015! Sarah's talk covers how the heroes in her award-winning books make mistakes, take risks, and find their way toward heroism. Her visit is part of the library's 2015 Children's Summer Reading Program. This year's theme? "Every Hero Has a Story." 

Anna-Maria Petricelli and Nynke Passi will both present creativity/writing workshops for adults and older teens at the library as part of FAIRfest also. All three programs are free and open to the public. Check FAIRfest's Writing & the Arts Track site for dates and details.

Uncover details on all the free library programs for kids during Summer Reading Kickoff Day by dropping in to the library any time from 1:00-4:30 PM Saturday, June 6th, 2015. Many groups will be on hand to explain and demonstrate other activities available for area kids this summer.

Youth Services Librarian Afton Hallauer packed the library's summer calendar with tons of free activities for kids. For a glimpse into FAIRfest and Summer Reading Program events being held at the library this summer, tune in to KRUU this week for The Studio with Cheryl and Afton!

- The Studio - 20150601 - Nick Jaina

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Say YES and deal with the fear later. Nick Jaina's adherence to that philosophy underscores his ability to successfully pursue a vast array of creative ventures. His latest success is an intriguing, poetic, music-centric memoir, GET IT WHILE YOU CAN, released in January 2015 by Perfect Day Publishing. Nick's other accomplishments include co-founding the Satellite Ballet and Collective and composing music for ballet, modern dance, feature films, and plays. His most recent album, Primary Perception, was released in 2013.

For a glimpse into how a creative whirlwind embarks on and sustains a plethora of artistic endeavors, tune in this episode of The Studio with Cheryl and Nick Jaina.

- The Studio - 20150608 - Nynke Passi

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Unleash your creativity at Nynke Passi's free "The Healing Power of Words" workshop 1:30-3PM Sunday, June 21st at the Fairfield Public Library during FAIRfest 2015! Enjoy the benefit of Nynke's 16 years co-directing, teaching, and designing courses for an Undergraduate Creative Writing Program. Her workshop will start with expressive writing, but also introduce elements of craft.

Nynke's award-winning poems, short stories, and essays have been published in many literary magazines. Nynke earned her graduate degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and recently co-founded The Luminous Writer Literary Center.

For insight into Nynke's thoughts on the creative process and on how writers inject authenticity and depth into their work, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Nynke Passi on KRUU.

- The Studio - 20151214 - George Foster

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George FosterGeorge Foster has designed covers for over 1200 books, including 83 bestsellers and 16 #1-bestsellers. Dubbed the best book cover designer in the country and a master at creating covers that sell, George has earned over 300 awards for his work. To discover the attitudes and techniques that contributed to the success of this small businessman and arts entrepreneur, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and George Foster.

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The Pharos Gate by Nick BantockBored with his mail, Nick Bantock grew jealous when he visited his local post office and spotted people clutching personal letters. He fantasized about receiving such letters himself. The result? Two fan-cult favorite, best-seling trilogies that are about to reach closure with the upcoming grand finale, The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine's Lost Correspondence. Twenty-five years ago, Nick redefined the art of storytelling by combining fine art, fiction, and three-dimensional interactive books in his Griffin & Sabine trilogies. Multi-million best sellers, his books spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and received wide critical acclaim.

- The Studio - 20160411 - Lynda Cohen Loigman

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Book Cover of the Two Family HouseHer deceased mom's messy recipe box is one of author Lynda Cohen Loigman's most prized possessions, and it appears in the hands of Rose, a viewpoint character in Loigman's debut novel, The Two-Family House. "This book is for the women in my mother's family," Loigman's acknowledgment reads, but both men and women play pivotal roles in this richly-textured multi-generational story that explores the impact of sustained family lying.

- The Studio - 20160606 - Jeanne Marie Laskas

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Concussion book coverUnsung heroes populating tiny worlds intrigue award-winning writer Jeanne Marie Laskas. Thus, the obscurity of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian medical examiner who discovered a brain disorder destroying professional football players' lives, inspired her to seek him out.

The result? "Game Brain," a 2009 magazine article that appeared in GQ; Concussion, a Penguin Random House book published in 2015; Concussion, the Golden-Globe nominated movie starring Will Smith; and the Bennet Omalu Foundation.

Laskas, who's authored six other books, directs the University of Pittsburgh's Writing Program and is founding director of The Center for Creativity. For a glimpse into an award-winning nonfiction writer's creative process, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jean Marie Laskas.

- The Studio - Jeanne Marie Laskas

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- The Studio - Jeanne Marie Laskas

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- The Studio - 20160613 - John Norcross

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Changeology book coverWhy do some people's efforts to improve their behavior succeed, while others' fail? Dr. John C. Norcross, the leading authority on the science of personal change, and his associates have spent over three decades and millions of research dollars answering that question. The result? CHANGEOLOGY: FIVE STEPS TO REALIZING YOUR GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS (plus 22 professional books and 300+ other publications). Backed by 30 years of scientific research, the five-step process outlined in Changeology tilts the odds of success in the self-changer's favor. Key to succeeding is knowing which actions to take during each step of the process.

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Stuff Etc Truck"Talk less, listen more," Iowa entrepreneur Mary Sundblad advises. She grew a small craft and used kids' clothing shop into the largest consignment service department store in the Midwest. Her business now boasts three corporate-owned stores and three franchise stores, each ranging in size from 23,000 to 45,000 square feet. Find out how being receptive to others' suggestions led to Mary's success: tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Stuff Etc founder Mary Sundblad. Her daughter-in-law Sara Sundblad, Stuff Etc's Corporate Director of Operations, tunes in, as well.

- The Studio - 20160926 - Troy & Amy Van Beek

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Ideal Energy co-owners Troy & Amy Van BeekIowa husband-and-wife duo Troy and  Amy Van Beek pooled their resources and talents--he's an ex-Navy Seal with a degree in Sustainability; she's an Eco-Architectural Designer and Builder with a degree in Fine Arts--to create Iowa's pioneering solar company, Ideal Energy Inc. Idealism motivates this dynamic couple, who believe creating energy abundance through sustainable practices will help eliminate scarcity, a primary motivation for war.

- The Studio - 20161010 - Michelle Edwards

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Absolutely, positively believe in the power of story. So says Michelle Edwards, award-winning author, illustrator and big time knitter. Her book, Chicken Man, was re-released this year for its 25th anniversary. Schwartz & Wade just released Michelle's newest book A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story of Knitting & Love. For tips on building your own inventory of story ideas to develop, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl on KRUU.

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Rachel Hyde & Grace Gillespie CarterTackling the writing and publishing process together proved productive for novelists Rachel Hyde and Grace Gillespie Carter. Though they live far apart, they've been friends for nearly 50 years and writing support pals for 22. For tips on how to craft relationships that foster creativity, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl, Rachel and Grace.

- The Studio - 20161024 - Casey Hynes

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Casey Hynes, JournalistExpat turned Iowan Casey Hynes is a contributing writer for Forbes Asia, a freelance journalist, and a content marketing writer with extensive experience covering tech, entrepreneurship, and human rights issues in Asia. Committed to building community wherever she lands, Casey's a member of the Fairfield CoLab and serves on its Board of Directors. She also founded the Iowa Chapter of the Journalism and Women Symposium.

- The Studio - 20161031 - Kenny Pearl

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Kenny Pearl, Author of  Dance GodsIf you want to create work, dive into other worlds: they give you enthusiasm and hope. So says professional dancer and dance teacher Kenny Pearl, author of The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir. Kenny lived in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s. He danced for and with Martha Graham and later circled the globe dancing for the boundary-breaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now on dance faculty at Canada's Ryerson University, Kenny works with emerging dancers and preserves the memories of legends.

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- The Studio - 20161114 - Martha Watson

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Martha Watson, Aurora SalonEvery curly head is different! So says Iowa salon owner Martha Watson, a small town cosmetologist whose specialty--Curly Hair Artistry--draws clients to her Aurora Salon from across the street and across the state. Voted #1 Favorite Stylist for two years running in the Hawk Eye Readers Choice competition, Martha has valuable tips for entrepreneurs and for people stymied by their own or a loved one's curly tresses.

- The Studio - 20170123 - Marc Nieson

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Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love and Landscape

 

During Iowa woods walks, urbanite MARC NIESON learned to connect with nature, his most creative self, and other people. Marc's memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: LESSONS ON LOVE AND LANDSCAPE, describes the pivotal year he spent living in an old one-room schoolhouse while attending The Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Distraught over a failed 10-year relationship, Marc came to Iowa seeking apartness. Instead he found a tribe of supportive fellow writers, a landscape that seduced him, and the realization that writing and life are all about connecting. Today Marc serves on Chatham University's faculty and is fiction editor of The Fourth River. To hear Marc's description of his evolving creative process, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Marc Nieson.

- The Studio - 20170220 - Beth Corning

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Beth Corning of Corning Works Dance Company"Ski behind skiers that are better than you are." That advice from her father inspired dancer BETH CORNING to craft a dance career that features interdisciplinary collaboration and celebrates the strengths of mature performers. A dancer, choreographer, and the artistic director of Corning Works, Beth's studied with outstanding teachers. Now recognized as a Master Teacher herself, she's served on faculty and as guest artist in dance programs in the U.S., France, England, and Scandinavia. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Beth Corning! [Photo Credit Frank Walsh]

- The Studio - 20170320 - Taylor Brorby

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Getting arrested is expensive, millennial Taylor Brorby learned Coming Alive Book Coverafter he engaged in civil disobedience in Boone, Iowa, last autumn to protest construction of the Bakken Oil Pipeline. Taking a stand on behalf of his old home, near the North Dakota Badlands, and his new home, Ames, where he's pursing MFA studies in creative writing and the environment, Taylor views Dakota Access Pipeline construction across the U.S. as an incursion he has to resist.

His motivation?

Love of landscape and concern for nephews who he fears may someday ask him why he didn't do more. His new book, Coming Alive: Action & Civil Disobedience, describes Taylor Brorby's reluctant journey from homebody to activist. A good read for people grappling with their own evolving activism. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl.

- The Studio - 20170424 - Jane A. Schmidt

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"Who's your Mama? I'm your Mama!"

Encouraging a rescued gosling to consider her its mama is all in a day's work for humor writer, animal lover, and fitness instructor Jane A. Schmidt. As a child Jane wore metal leg braces like Forrest Gump's, but she dreamed of an unfettered outdoor life raising animals.

Today Jane's living her dream. In rural Wisconsin, surrounded by ducks, geese, goats, cats, dogs, donkeys, and a pet pig, Jane writes books and leads clients on backpacking adventures. Her latest book is Not A Perfect Fit: Stories from Jane's World. To see how a determined woman crafted a life for herself that seemed out of reach, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jane A. Schmidt. 

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Kimberly & Frank Broz at KRUUHer hobby became their business: Husband and wife duo Frank and Kimberly Broz co-own The Tokyo Pen Shop, an online and brick-and-mortar store that sells high quality Japanese stationery. Former high tech Apple employees, the couple left California and returned to their rural Iowa roots to run a shop they never expected to open. Sparked during a high school trip to Japan, Kimberly's fondness for Japanese pens eventually caused Frank to appreciate them, too. The Tokyo Pen Shop supplies writers, artists, nurses, policemen, homeschoolers, and lots of other people with pens, journals, mechanical pencils, stickers, and a host of other fun products.

- The Studio - 20170605 - Kelly Oliver

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Fracking, sex trafficking & genetic engineering are among the thorny contemporary issues DR. KELLY OLIVER explores in riveting murder mysteries.

Curiosity about the world we live in inspired Dr. Oliver's 20 scholarly books (Example: CARCERAL HUMANITARIANISM: LOGICS OF REFUGEE DETENTION) and also generated her mysteries, WOLF, COYOTE, and F.O.X.

All three feature JESSICA JAMES, a young philosophical cowgirl detective. To learn how Dr. Oliver garnered the courage to tackle challenging topics via noir millennial mysteries, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Kelly Oliver 1 PM Monday & 7AM Wednesday on KRUU.

- The Studio - 20170612 - Susan Spann

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Book Cover Betrayal at IgaSet in 16th century Japan, SUSAN SPANN'S HIRO HATTORI murder mystery series features a detective duo that pairs her Ninja protagonist Hiro with a Portuguese Jesuit, Father Mateo. BETRAYAL AT IGA, the fifth mystery in the series, will be published soon by Seventh Street Books. A practicing transactional att

- The Studio - 20170626 - Nynke Passi 2

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Nynke Passe, The Luminous Writer Literary CenterPoetry, drums, chimes & Tibetan bowls are tools that can help you revitalize your relationship with your muse. That's what poet and creative writing professor Nynke Passi and sound therapist Kenny Kolter have discovered while collaborating on events offered through The Luminous Writer Literary Center in Fairfield, Iowa.

- The Studio - 20170828 - Jack & Meghan Dowd

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Dowd Family Enjoying CadoFood brings families together. Preparing good food together also brings one Iowa family business successes. In 2014, Shaktea Kombucha owners Deb, Jack & Meghan Dowd--a mom, son & daughter trio--won a $250,000 Mission Main Street grant from J.P. Chase & Company. Since then they've expanded that businesses and launched, Cado, a frozen avocado dessert company. For a glimpse into this creative trio's approach to forging family bussiness successes together, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jack and Meghan Dowd.