monicahadley's blog

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The "great Israeli novel" by Assaf Gavron

The HilltopAssaf Gavron is the author of seven books, and his fiction has been translated into ten languages.  In the Israeli best seller, "The Hilltop," Gavron grapples with one of the most controversial issues in the world today:  the settlements in the West Bank, but not in an entirely serious manner.

Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner" writes that in "The Assaf GavronHilltop" Gavron "treads the line between the serious and the absurd, the tragic and the comical, the sincere and the satirical, and creates a sweeping, complex story that raises more questions than it provides answers."

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between a kibbutz and a settlement; why someone would choose to live in the West Bank; or what daily life is like there, please tune in to Writers' Voices this week to learn all that and more.

"The Hilltop" is the winner of the Bernstein Prize.

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Writers' Voices Very Special Christmas

Night before ChristmasWhen my kids were small, I ordered a personalized book for them.  It had their names in the story, and the names of their pets, but it was a cheaply made paperback and the story wasn't memorable.  Still, they liked seeing their names in print.

Today, print-on-demand technology has changed the publishing world in many ways; not the least in the availability of high-quality, hard cover children's books from companess like ISeeMe.com. This week on Writers' Voices, we welcome Maia Haag, President of I See Me!  We will be talking with her about how the business was started, and the technology behind it; how they work with authors and illustrators, and the impact these lovely books have on children.

In the second half of this Christmas special, Caroline will share some of her favorite Christmas stories collected over the past almost 80 years!

Join us for another Writers' Voices Christmas!

Lisa Lovatt-Smith

From her unusual bohemian childhood in Barcelona, to her stint as the youngest ever photo editor at Conde Nast, to helping to start Vogue Spain, to her life-changing journey to West Africa, Lisa Lovatt-Smith fills the pages of her memoir with infectious joy.  In  2002, Lovatt-Smith founded OAfrica, which works to reunite abandoned children with family members and provide alternatives to institutionalization.Who Knows Tomorrow

Lovatt-Smith's writing career began when she won a Vogue writing contest, and landed an internship at Vogue in London, just out of high school. She has published

 multiple books on home interiors and decorating, but her passion for over a decade has been working with the orphans of West Africa, where she now lives in a tiny hut with her three dogs and two youngest adopted children.

Join Monica and Caroline this week on Writers' Voices to learn more about this inspiring woman.

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    Dec 01
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Gratitude is Everything

The Gift of Adversity

Live radio definitely has its challenges, but they are minor in the great scheme of things. Our planned guest for this lovely post-Thanksgiving day called last night to let us know that he had a family emergency. Our prayers go out to him and his family, and we plan to reschedule in January.

I searched the archives for a fitting replacement, and when I saw this show from the summer of 2013, I knew we had a winner. When we are thinking of the many reasons in our life to be grateful, adversity may not top the list. In "The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks and Imperfections," Dr. Norman Rosenthal looks for the silver lining in his own life, as well as case studies and lessons he has learned from his heroes. Less scientific than his previous books, "The Gift of Adversity" is part memoir, part inspiration, and thoroughly enjoyable to read.

Throughout his storied career as a research psychiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal has searched outside the box for ways to help people struggling with depression and other mood disorders.  This search led him to diagnose and name seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and develop light therapy as a wonderfully effective treatment while at the National Institute of Mental Health.  He went on to write several books that brought alternative, non-pharmaceutical treatments straight into public awareness, including "Winter Blues," "St. John's Wort:The Herbal Way to Feeling Good," and "Transcendence," which explores the power of Transcendental Meditation in healing and transformation.

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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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    Nov 10
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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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