For some reason, this subject has come up a lot lately. What unknown, potentially detrimental impact does modern technology have on our lives, relationships, health?
Personally, I love technology and I don't think it consumes my life, but I think for a lot of people it does. Christina Crook was feeling that way and decided to take a
31 day fast from the internet and, instread, write 31 letters on a manual typewiter to a friend.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn what Christina learned from this experience, how it changed her life, and how it turned into a book ("the Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World") and a TEDx talk: ("Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People-focused Future")
If you love animals, or science, or mystery, or memoir, or....then you will want to tune in to Writers' Voices this week to learn more about the world of working dogs, particularly cadaver dogs. Never heard of a cadaver dog? It's a fairly recent specialty of dogs that are trained to find dead bodies. Turns out they're pretty darn good at it. Usually, but not always, dogs are trained solely for this task instead of the more commonly known dog jobs of tracking people, detecting bombs, or sniffing out drugs, although some dogs do double duty.
Author Cat Warren is a professor at North Carolina State University, where she teaches science journalism and creative nonfiction. Learn how she became a cadaver-dog handler, what breeds are best, and how they are trained. We'll also discuss why she decided to write this fascinating book about the history of this dog specialty, and the stories of her own dogs and many others.
On Christmas Day, 2012, Allan Lokos escaped from a crashed and burning plane on Myanmar with severe burns over 33% of his body. He was not expected to survive, but he not only lived, he has written a book about the crash, his miraculous survival, and the process of healing. Details from the crash and the immediate aftermath are supplied by his wife Susanna, who was also injured in the crash, though not as severely.
In addition to some wonderful medical professionals, Lokos credits his years of meditative practice as a major contributing factor to both his survival and his healing. "Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination" is an inspiring tale of heroism and persistence.
Lokos is the founder of the Community Meditation Center in NYC and was a guest on Writers' Voices previously with his book "Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living."
This week we are digging into the archives to bring you a rebroadcast of this interview with Allan Lokos. Next week (March 13 and 16) we will be speaking live with Allan about his new book, "Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience and Determination" where he tells about his miraculous (and very painful) survival of a plane crash in Myanmar on Christmas Day, 2012.
In our fast paced, ever changing world, patience is often our most needed, but least cultivated virtue. Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of New York City's Community Meditation Center. His book "Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living" lays out a compelling and helpful path to deeper patience. Drawing on Lokos many years as a Buddhist practitioner and teacher, as well as interviews from a wide range of people who have had their patience dramatically tested, this book provides a realistic approach to becoming calmer and happier with one's self, in relationships, at work, and with the world.
"The First Bad Man" is not your normal romance, or your normal first novel for that matter. But then again, Miranda July is not your average first-time novelist. July's myriad successes range from filmmaking (her first feature film, "Me and You and Everyone We Know" won the Camera d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance) to sculpting (creator of Eleven Heavy Things, a sculpture garden created for the 2009 Venice Biennale) to, of course, writing (her first book, of short stories, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award) with performance art and mobile app development thrown in for good measure.
In this interview, we learn how and why July continues to create in such diverse arenas; how she came to writing; and where she goes from here. "The First Bad Man" has won praise from cultural icons Lena Dunham ("Miranda July's ability to pervert norms while embracing what makes us normal is astounding") and Dave Eggers ("this novel is almost impossible to put down.") I can affrim that it is also impossible to forget.
Alert: This book contains adult content.
What a fun book and inspiring author we have in store for you this week on Writers' Voices.
Danny Gregory says "I spent most of my life not believing I had the right to consider myself an artist in any way. But then I started drawing...it led me to travel, to meet people, to get books published, but most of all it transformed... how I experience every day."
Gregory's books are in the style of illustrated journals. In "Art Before Breakfast" he teaches readers how to carve out time for art, and shows how even just ten minutes a day can lead to a richer life. These mini-art projects sure inspired us!
Gregory is also the co-founder of Sketchbook Skool, a video-based art school designed to inspire creative storytelling through illustrated journaling.
"Art Before Breakfast" is published by Chronicle Books, one of the most innovative publishers today and makers of beautiful books.
Fairfield author Stepahnie Rivera will be joining Monica and Caroline in the studio this week to talk about her spiritual memoir, "In Pursuit of Enlightenment (On a Shoestring Budget)."
Stephanie's story begins with the lives of her parents. Her father was the son of immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, and her mother was of Yankee stock. They led an unusual life, which took them to California, Texas and eventually Boston, as her Jewish father became a minister, first with the Religious Science organization and later as a Unitarian. With this background, it was not a great stretch for Stephanie, her mother and her siblings to learn TM, after their father's death.
More than simply a spiritual autobiography, this memoir is a revealing glimpse into a loving, if unusual, American family.
This week on Writers' Voices, Monica and Caroline speak with poet Salvatore Marici, who splits his time beween the Quad Cities and Florida. Marici is the author of two poetry books from Ice Cube Press, of North Liberty, Iowa, a chapbook titled "Mortals, Nature and their Spirits" and the wildly sensual "Swish, Swirl & Sniff."
Travel with us through these poems to Salvatore's memories of the Amazon, Guatemala, Sicily and the Midwest.
Marici's work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including "Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland." He was the 2010 Midwest Writing Center's poet-in-residence in Davenport, Iowa.
This week's guest on Writers' Voices, Sharon Draper, was a middle and high school English teacher for 25 years. In fact, she was named National Teacher of the Year in 1997. Her first book for young adults, "Tears of a Tiger" was published in 1995 and named one of the top 100 books for young adults for the millenium.
Writers' Voices host Caroline Kilbourn, herself a former high school English teacher, says "Stella By Starlight" should be required reading for all school children. Inspired by the childhoold journal of Draper's grandmother Estelle, who had to quit school in the fifth grade to work on the family farm but continued to write late at night, "Stella by Starlight" is set in 1932 in the fictional town of Bumblebee, NC. Like many of Draper's books, it deals with difficult subjects; the Depression, segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, and voting rights, but told in a way that readers don't even realize they are learning history.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how this book came to be and why it is so important, why Draper writes for young adults and middle readers, and how she got her first book published.
This is an unusual book. Is it an art book? A history book? A book of great stories? Yes!
In "The Who, The What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History," collaborators Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothe, present the stories of 65 little-known sidekicks of famous people throughout history, written by dozens of writers, and each one illustrated in a unique way.
Here we find the stories of Muhammad Ali's Coach, Marilyn Monroe's photographer, and the Wright Brothers' mentor, plus many more.
Our guest on Writers' Voices this week, Julia Rothman, also founded the popular blog, book-by-its-cover.com. She and her coauthors previously published "The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science" and "The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game."
Join us on Writers' Voices this week as we learn the story behind these fabulous books.