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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.

Saturday, June 21st 11-noon, Beth Howard, the adventure traveler who bakes pies in Eldon's American Gothic House, will share info on how to turn blog posts into best-selling books. From 10-11 AM Saturday, June 21st noted environmentalist, author, and educator, Bruce Hopkins will discuss Truth in The Rivers and lead a sense-of-place writing session. From 2:00-3:00 PM Saturday, June 21st picture book author Jeanette Hopkins will lead a kids' story time replete with singing, dancing, and juggling at the Fairfield Public Library. (Thanks, FPL and Afton Hallauer, for hosting this event!) On Sunday morning, June 22nd Corey Morrow will host FAIRfest's First Annual Write-In at his Earth and Water Tea Lounge and Pottery Shop. Join Cheryl and all five of these generous, creative souls on The Studio with Cheryl this week!

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.

Ms American Pie Book Cover

 

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.

Body in the Woods book cover 

 

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.

She's won many Teen Read awards, and several of her thrillers have been optioned for movies. What are some of the secrets behind April's productivity, creativity, and indefatigable zest for life? Find out this week on The Studio with Cheryl and April.

 

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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!

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