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Moni Hayne at KRTo teach gardeners easy and sustainable tricks they can use to keep pests off vegetable plants, entomologist Moni Hayne researched, wrote, took photos for, and published an e-book. Garden Insect Pests of North America--Pictures for Identifying and Organic Controls identifies and contains pictures of 30 common insect pests. It also explains which are the good bugs that you shouldn't control (because they eat bad ones). Moni, who holds two degrees in entomology, has participated in a wide variety of research projects involving many different vegetable and fruit crops. She shares her insect and plant knowledge by engaging in volunteer programs in schools, 4-H clubs, and conservation groups at the local, state, and national level.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Fantasy Author Sarah Prineas

 

What if the stories tell us? That's the innovative question author Sarah Prineas posed recently while signing copies of ASH & BRAMBLE, her brand new young adult fantasy novel.

In Prineas's feminist retelling of the Cinderella story, protagonist Pin and her insightful friend Shoe struggle to create their own destinies despite the warping influence of stories spun in the powerful and ill-intentioned Godmother's fortess.

For a glimpse into the creative process of an award-winning and popular fantasy author, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Iowa author Sarah Prineas.

Portrait of Author Delia Ray

 

A fading Iowa town's real-life elderly mayor, his donkey Wayne, and the centenarian daughter of an Iowa button company magnate all helped author Delia Ray bring history alive for young readers in her intriguing new mystery novel, FINDING FORTUNE: A MYSTERY ABOUT TREASURES LOST & FOUND.

True life details, like the connection between actor Ronald Reagan and Muscatine's 1946 Pearl Button Queen, enliven the story of why Ray, an award-winning Iowa author, felt compelled to write this book. For a glimpse into an award-winning author's creative process and Iowa's forgotten history, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and author Delia Ray.

Maddi's Fridge by Lois BrandtCan kids help combat food insecurity in children? Yes, says author Lois Brandt, and her picture book Maddi's Fridge shows them how. As a little girl Lois didn't know how to help when she discovered her best friend's family had no food to eat. As a grownup, she researched strategies and then penned Maddi's Fridge so today's kids wouldn't feel as helpless as she did. Publisher Flashlight Press donates 10% of this book's profits to help fight childhood hunger, and Lois waives her author visit fees to schools that organize food drives.

Stacey Hurlin at KRUU

 

Can one person help alleviate desperate refugees' suffering?

Through her actions, artist Anastasia Kitakis Hurlin is showing that yes, one person can. This Fairfield, Iowa artist launched the Lesvos Refugee Project to connect people in Fairfield, Lesvos, and other places all over the globe to find ways to help one child, one mother, one man at a time.

For an inspiring glimpse into how individuals in far flung places are forging liaisons to offer refugees' aid, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl on KRUU.

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