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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?

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. 

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.

Author & Pie Baker Beth HowardDe-stress holiday baking! Ignore rules & focus on what's in front of you. So says Beth Howard, the author and adventure traveler who taught pie baking classes and ran the Pitch Fork Pie Stand inside the Eldon, Iowa farmhouse made famous by artist Grant Wood. Beth's iconoclastic pie-deology enlivens her book, MS. AMERICAN PIE: BUTTERY GOOD PIE RECIPES AND BOLD TALES FROM THE AMERICAN GOTHIC HOUSE.

eth made pies for Steven Speilberg (coconut cream), Dick Van Dyke (strawberry rhubarb), and Barbara Streisand (lemon meringue). She gave pie away and taught pie baking classes in the grieving community of Newtown, Connecticut. Although Beth's closed the pie stand and moved out of the Gothic House, she still believes in the healing power of pie. You will, too, if you read her books or listen to this rebroadcast episode.

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.

Creative Edge Master Shop, Inc., pioneered and is the global leader in designing and fabricating architectural and industrial products using high-tech, computer-controlled waterjet technology. Twenty-five years ago business strategist Jim Belilove and artist Harri Aalto recognized the undeveloped possibilities inherent in this emerging technology. How did Jim and Harri translate their vision into reality when potential customers were unfamiliar with the technolgy involved and with the new products their company crafted out of marble, granite, and other materials? Find out this week during this rebroadcast episode of The Studio with Cheryl and Jim Belilove.

Next week's guest on The Studio will be Jim's sister, Lori Belilove who is bringing the Isadora Duncan Dance Company (which she founded) from New York City to Fairfield, Iowa, to perform "Revolutionary Dances of Heroism, Strength & Light" at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, November 15th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 16th at 3 PM. 

 

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. 

Susan Nussbaum, Author of Good Kings, Bad KingsDisability rights activist Susan Nussbaum says suicide among the disabled is too often the plot device of choice in literature, TV, and film. In 2008 Utne Reader honored Susan as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" for her work with girls with disabilities.

Susan's first novel, Good Kings, Bad Kings paints a complex and vibrant picture of what life is really like for institutionalized young disabled people and their caregivers, lovers, families, and friends. Barbara Kingsolver calls Good Kings, Bad Kings "a stunning accomplishment" and "fiction at its best."

To begin gaining a more realistic understanding of the lives of the disabled, tune in to this rebroadcast episode of The Studio with Cheryl and Susan this week.

 

Author B. K. Loren

 

What's B. K. Loren up to? Her novel THEFT's been optioned for film! B. K.'s writing the screenplay! She just won the 2014 Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction for ANIMAL, MINERAL, RADICAL: A FLOCK OF ESSAYS ON WILDLIFE, FAMILY & FOOD!

Here at The Studio we're celebrating these successes of one of our favorite authors by rebroadcasting an interview in which B. K. explains in detail how she approaches writing, creativity, and life. 

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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