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What Colors Are Trending This Year?

No one does color like Pantone.Pantone on Fashion

Remember the line in "The Devil Wears Prada" where the newbie assistant (Anne Hathaway) tells the high-power fashion editor played by Meryl Streep that she doesn't see how what they are doing affects her life, and Meryl gives a lecture about the history of the color of the sweater that Anne is wearing.

With this gorgeous book, "Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design" we get the inside scoop on fashion colors.  Joining us this week on Writers' Voices is writer E.P. Cutler, who worked with the executive director of the Pantone Fashion Institute to bring us this book.

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Everyday Magic in Enchanted Objects - Cancelled for This Week

David Rose

BREAKING NEWS -

Today's interview will be with E.P. Cutler, coauthor of "Pantone On Fashion: A Centory of Color in Design"

Due to a scheduling mixup, this live interview is being postponed - stay tuned to see what Writers' Voices has in store for you this week!

Monica

MIT Media Lab instructor, inventor, entrepreneur, and now author - David Rose specializes in digital information interfaces with the physical environment.  Or as he likes to call them - "Enchanted Objects."

Rose envisions a world where the ubiquitous black screen of our computers, TV's, smartphones, etc. is - well, maybe not replaced, but definitely enhanced -  by technology built intoEnchanted Objects everyday objects, making them more useful and more pleasing to use. Umbrellas that chirp when rain is forecast.  Pill bottles that track when you take your medication.  Programmable Legos.  Actually, all of these already exist. "In Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things," Rose explores the why and the how behind these products and many more, and peers into his crystal ball to show us the everyday magic of the future.

Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices this week for this fascinating look at the technology of tomorrow, and a book that is enchanting to read.

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"Lock In" is Another Hit for Sci-Fi Author John Scalzi

Lock InScience fiction thriller author John Scalzi is having quite a run of success.  His new book, "Lock In," was acquired to be made into a TV pilot less than a month from its publication, while his Hugo award-winning novel "Redshirts" is in production at FX and "Old Man's War" is at the SyFy network.

The premise of "Lock In" is fascinating - some time in the near future, a global virus leaves a segment of the population "locked in" their bodies - unable to move or communicate in any way even though their minds are active.  But other survivors of the virus are left with a brain structure compatible to being "integrated" with the minds of the victims of lock in, allowing them to experience reality through another person's body.  

I don't want to give away too much, because this book is a great read! Like the best of science fiction, it explores issues of ethics, philosophy and even polotics from a unique perspective. Join us on Writers' Voices for an in-depth conversation with this popular writer.

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Ready to Write a Novel? Check Out National Novel Writing Month

No Plot No ProblemThis week's guest on Writers' Voices "accidentally" founded National Novel Writing Month in 1999.  Through this annual web-based motivational program for writers (which takes place every November), as well as teaching at Chris BatyStanford University's Writers' Studio and around the world, Chris Baty has inspired hundreds of thousands of would-be novelists.

In his new book, "No Plot? No Problem!" Baty provides pep talks, exercises to define characters and plot, and methods for maximizing creativity and output, all with the goal of helping you write a novel in a month.

Join Monica and Caroline as we discover the story behind NaNoWriMo, and what keeps it going. Maybe you'll get inspired to write a novel this month!

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The BodyEnergy Longevity Prescription

BodyEnergy LongevityWriters' Voices is pleased to welcome Fairfield therapist and author Michael Morgan, LMT, CST-D this week to talk about his new book, "The BodyEnergy Longevity Prescription: How CranioSacral Therapy Helps Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia While Improving Your Quality of Life." 

Morgan has been an instructor of CranioSacral Therapy for the Upledger Institute for over 16 years.  Recently he has focused on the application of CranioSacral therapy to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, developing classes for therapists, laypersons and advanced practitioners.  As part of his ongoing research on aging, Morgan specializes in inflammatory processes that affect the body and brain, and the role of the immune system.

Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices as we learn about the latest advances in this area of treatment.

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"Brown Girl Dreaming" - a Different Kind of Memoir

Brown Girl DreamingToday's Writers' Voices interview almost didn't happen - it was scheduled and cancelled multiple times.  I wouldn't normally perist - there are so many great writers to interview!

But this is a very special book. "Brown Girl Dreaming" is Jacqueline Woodson's memoir in poetry, written for young adults, about growing up as an African American during the Civil Rights movement. Like many children her age, she was part of the great migration to the North, and went back and forth between New York City and South Carolina. These poems represent snippets of memory, hers and her loved ones, about that time. The result is an authenticity that jumps off the page.

"Brown Girl Dreaming" was recently named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, making it one of the top 5 nonfiction books for young adults published this year.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices for our discussion with this insightful author.

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Meg Wolitzer's "Belzhar" - Young Adult Fiction for Everyone

BelzharDespite dire predictions that the digital universe would put an end to reading, it seems like young people are reading more than ever.  Many of the most popular novels and series of the 21st century are classified as "Young Adult" fiction, but probably attract just as many adult readers.

Our guest this week on Writers' Voices, Meg Wolitzer, has had a fruitful career writing fiction for adults.  Her recent novel, "The Interestings" garnished many faMeg Wolitzervorable reviews and was a New York Times bestseller.  Her short fiction has appeared in "The Best American Short Stories" and received a Pushcart Prize. Two films have been made from her work, and she has taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Skidmore College, and more.  

Her latest work, "Belzhar" is a deeply moving novel for young adults set at a boarding school for fragile teens.  The characters are richly drawn, the plot is filled with intriguing reveals and unexpected twists, and Sylvia Plath's "Bell Jar" plays a pivotal role. 

Join Monica and Caroline this week as we delve into one author's foray into the world of young adult fiction, why a classic such as "The Bell Jar" can have such an impact yet today, and how the traumas of youth can reverbate throughout life.

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Heroines of the Civil War - "Liar, Temptress,Soldier, Spy"

Karen AbbottMonica and Caroline are back live at KRUU today for an interview we've been looking forward to.  Karen Abbott is a journalist and historian.  Her two previous books, "Sin in the Second City" and "American Rose" were Liar Temptress Soldier Spyboth New York Times bestsellers.  Now she's back with "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy," the true stories of four daring women who served during the Civil War, risking all for their cause.

We will talk about the role of women in the Civil War and why history has largely forgotten them.  How did Abbott become interested in this topic; how did she find her subjects and what were her sources of information?  We will also discuss the challenges of writing history for a general audience.

Abbott is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine's history blog and also writes for Disunion, the New York Times series about the Civil War.

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Movies from a Conscious Perspective - with Brent Marchant

From "Life is what you make it" to "You create your own reality" to "The Law of attraction," the message has been around for awhile.  But what does it really mean? How about some examples?  How can you make this principle work for you?

Consciously Created Cinema

We humans love a good story - and it's a good way to teach (and learn).  In the modern age, filmmakers are our tribal story-tellers, so what better way to illustrate this important lesson than through film?

This week, Writers' Voices welcomes Brent Marchant back to the air, to talk about  "Consciously Created Cinema:  The Movie Lovers' Guide to the Law of Attraction."

Brent MarchantIn his latest book, which picks up where "Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies" left off, Marchant illustrates specific elements of the law of attraction by references to, and interpretation of, popular films.  Tune in to hear some great examples!

Waking Maya

Fairfield author Warren Goldie defines visionary fiction as novels where "...the power of the human mind is a key part of the story. Mystical experiences, visions, profound insights, paranormal experience and all sorts of fascinating phenomena drive the plot and characters—and often point to the truth."

Some of the most talked-about books of the last 50 years would fall into this category.  Remember "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," "The Celestine Prophecy," or "Mutant Message Down Under?"  All of these exposed multitudes of readers to spiritual concepts in a way that a traditional "spiritual" book may not have accomplished.

In "Waking Maya," Goldie weaves elements such as remote viewing, ESP, and energy vortexes into the plot in a believable way, while telling a compelling story.  Join us on Writer's Voices this week to learn how the author came to write this book and what makes this genre unique.

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