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Can you write funny things about people without make them hate you? Standup comic and internationally known performance poet, June Melby can. Her hilarious memoir My Family and Other Hazards reveals universal truths and individual quirks she discovered about herself and others while helping her family run an unprofitable, hand-crafted minature golf course.

June's the voice of "Bang" in the Warner Brother's film Space Jam, which also featured Michael Jordan. Don't pass up this chance to hear June's other secrets! Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and June!

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How did small-town Iowa boy Norman Zierold become a Hollywood biographer, recording the stories of movie moguls, child stars, and famous actors?

Even more exciting than his tales about the many celebrities he's encountered is Norman's own story. Lucky us! Norman's recorded his journey from shelling peas beside cooks in his family's Amana colonies restaurant to rubbing knees with Barbara Walters on TV.

This week on The Studio with Cheryl, Norman discusses the mentors and experiences that inspired his life choices.

Learn about his life and about THAT REMINDS ME, his stream-of-consciousness memoir (and what a consciousness it is!), by tuning in to The Studio with Cheryl and Norman this week.

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!

When Grief Calls ForthWhen Mary Rockefeller Morgan's twin brother Michael disappeared off the remote coast of New Guinea in 1961, at the age of 23, her loss was both deeply personal and extremely public, as the event was front page news around the world.  In this touching memoir, Morgan discusses grief, healing, and her life-long work as a psychotherapist specializMary Morganing in twin loss and bereavement counseling.  Morgan is also Executive Producer of a forthcoming documentary on genetic determinism and the American dream.

Join us on Writers' Voices this week for what promises to be a moving conversation.

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Don't Read This in Public - "My Foreign Cities: A Memoir"

My Foreign CitiesFirst, a little explanation as to the title of this post.  I read the end of this book on an airplane and although no one around me seemed to notice, I was, quite obviously, crying. So be forewarned.

When you are young and in love, "until death do us part" seems like a daunting amount of forever.  Unless the one you love suffers from something like cystic fibrosis. Elizabeth Scarboro and her high school sweetheart/first husband, Stephen, refused to let his illness define their lives or love, but they could not avoid its impact.Elizabeth Scarboro

Scarboro's story, "My Foreign Cities" was an Oprah Book of the Week and named by Library Journal as one of the bestmemoirs of the year.  Previously, Scarboro published two novels for children.  Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, and more.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn what it takes to share such a personal story with the world.

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A Story That Should Never Be Forgotten

Boy On the Wooden BoxFor decades, Leon Leyson kept his story of hardship during the Holocaust, and being one of the youngest on Schindler's List, mostly to himself.  Even his children weren't aware of the magnitude of the horrors that their father had experienced. But after the movie, "Schindler's List" came out, Leyson became more open about his history, speaking publicly on almost a weekly basis, at churches, synagogues, schools and community events.  Over and over he heard "you should write a book."  He decided to do just that, and the day after the manuscript was delivered to Atheneum, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Leyson passed away at the age of 83.  

This week on Writers' Voices, Monica and Caroline speak with Leon's son Daniel Leyson, head coach of the UCLA water polo team and former Olympian, about his father's memoir.  Please join us.

Double Double book cover For 10 years a special book project eluded famed mystery writer Martha Grimes' grasp. In 2012 she garnered the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, and she's published at least one book a year for the last 30 years. Not until June 4, 2013, though, did she succeed in publishing a nonfiction book she'd pondered for years. Both Martha and her son Ken Grimes are alcoholics who've been sober for over two decades. Their experiences with alcoholism and their paths to sobriety differ radically, and that's one of the many intriguing facets of their inspiring memoir, Double Double: a Dual Memoir of Alcoholism. This week Ken Grimes chats on The Studio with Cheryl about his experiences as a student at the University of Iowa, how a 12-step program helped him achieve and maintain sobriety, and what he learned about writing from his very famous mother. Tune in!

B. K. Loren at Prairie Lights Book Store

 

B. K. Loren's novel Theft won the 2012 Reading the West Award for Adult Fiction from the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. Like Theft, her new nonfiction book Animal, Mineral, Radical reflects sustainability, wildlife, food, family, and community issues in prose so lyrical and lively that it feels poetic.

For a peek into the mind of an independent thinker whose writing has been shaped by her work as a naturalist, a large predator monitor for Colorado State Parks, an asistant chef, a ranch hand, a furniture maker, a UPS driver, a college professor, and a professional brainstormer, tune in to The Studio this week! 

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The View from Here - Two Very Different Fairfield Memoirs

Tony KainauskasWriters' Voices brings two Fairfield authors to the air this week with their debut books.  First, Tony Kainauskas, the long-time proprietor of Fairfield's sorely missed 21st Century Bookstore, will discuss his memoir "A Time of Innocence: My Personal Memories of Viktoras Kulvinskas and the Transcendenal Meditation Community." Tony's cousin, VikChris Hallingertoras is known as the Father of the Raw Foods Movement, and publishing and distributing Viktoras' first book, "Survival into the 21st Century" helped launch Tony's lifelong career in books. Tony also shares his memories of the early days of the TM movement.

For the second half of the show, essayist Chris Hallinger will join Monica and Caroline in the studio to talk about his hilarious, Dave-Barryish book of essays, entitled "Life on Earth" and to discuss how he and Monica may be related through Hans Herr, the original leader of the settlement of Lancaster County, PA.

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From Iowa, Around the World, and Back Again with Norman Zierold

Norman Zierold - Click pic for more info"That Reminds Me: A Conversational Memoir" by Norman Zierold, takes the reader on an exuberant journey, both outward and inward, from pre-Depression-era Iowa (the Amana Colonies), to Europe, NYC, Hollywood, and back again to Iowa (Fairfield, that is.) Join Writers' Voices hosts Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn to learn from Norman the inside stories that only the author of such Hollywood biographies as "Garbo", "The Child Stars", and "The Moguls" would know.  How did a boy from the Amanas come to rub elbows with the rich and famous of the mid-20th century?  And what brought him back to Iowa?

"That Reminds Me" will be released on Amazon January 12, 2013.