My Conversation With Mary Norris, NY Times Best-Selling Author Of Greek to Me: Adventures Of The Comma Queen

Click Here To Listen Mary Norris-Greek To Me The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea. In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek. Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, [...]

By |April 2nd, 2019|Literature, Uncategorized|Comments Off on My Conversation With Mary Norris, NY Times Best-Selling Author Of Greek to Me: Adventures Of The Comma Queen

My Conversation With Austin Kleon, Author Of Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative In Good Times And Bad

Click Here To Listen Austin Kleon-Keep Going Keep Working. Keep Playing. Keep Creating. In his previous books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, both New York Times bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life. The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop—so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters. Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself—sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode. Keep Going [...]

By |April 2nd, 2019|Fiction, Literature|Comments Off on My Conversation With Austin Kleon, Author Of Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative In Good Times And Bad

My Conversation With James Mustich, Author Of 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List

Click Here To Listen James Mustich t’s time to talk books—and the conversation starts here. Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend. The expected pillars are here, including Jane Austen and Toni Morrison, Virgil, Dante, Dickens and Tolstoy, Franz Kafka and Simone de Beauvoir—their works made fresh through the author’s animated essays. Established classics are joined by new and unexpected choices like Citizen and Friday Night Lights. A Visit from the [...]

By |October 1st, 2018|Literature|Comments Off on My Conversation With James Mustich, Author Of 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List

My Conversation With Mo Vazquez, Author Of This Changes Everything 17-Month Large Planner 2019 (Pipsticks+Workman)

Click Here To Listen Mo Vazquez Shades on, hair up, coffee iced—and finally a planner that’s changing the organization game (we’re talking next-level amazingness) from August 2018 through December 2019. It’s super fun, it’s colorful, it’s customizable—basically it’s the planner you’ve been waiting for. And because stickers make everything better, it’s filled with 1,300+ original stickers, plus other awesome goodies (including a sparkly pouch for storing love notes and pencils!). There are weekly spreads to record each day’s to-dos and meetings. Monthly grids to keep track of your social life, including a color palette inspiration for each month. “Currently” pages to write down what you’re loving, hating, listening to, and making. Plus gorgeous artwork (bubbles [...]

By |June 26th, 2018|Art, Literature|Comments Off on My Conversation With Mo Vazquez, Author Of This Changes Everything 17-Month Large Planner 2019 (Pipsticks+Workman)

The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor By Jonathan Rose chats with Dr. Alvin

Jonathan Rose Click Here To Listen This strikingly original book introduces a Winston Churchill we have not known before. Award-winning author Jonathan Rose explores in tandem Churchill’s careers as statesman and author, revealing the profound influence of literature and theater on Churchill’s personal, carefully composed grand story and on the decisions he made throughout his political life.

By |July 22nd, 2014|Biography, History, Leadership, Literature|Comments Off on The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor By Jonathan Rose chats with Dr. Alvin

The Impossible Will Take A Little While: Perseverance And Hope In Troubled Times By Paul Rogat Leob chats with Dr. Alvin

Paul Rogat Loeb Click Here To Listen What keeps us going when times get tough? How have the leaders and unsung heroes of world-changing political movements persevered in the face of cynicism, fear, and seemingly overwhelming odds? In The Impossible Will Take A Little While, they answer these questions in their own words, creating a conversation among some of the most visionary and eloquent voices of our times. Ten years after his original edition, Paul Rogat Loeb has comprehensively updated this classic work on what it’s like to go up against Goliath--whether South African apartheid, Mississippi segregation, Middle East dictatorships, or the corporations driving global climate change. Without sugarcoating the obstacles, these stories inspire the [...]

By |July 14th, 2014|Leadership, Literature, Self-Help, Spirituality|Comments Off on The Impossible Will Take A Little While: Perseverance And Hope In Troubled Times By Paul Rogat Leob chats with Dr. Alvin

My Very First I Can Read: Learn To Read With Tug The Pup And Friends By Dr. Julie M. Wood chats with Dr. Alvin

Julie M Wood Click Here To Listen Enter into the world of reading with My Very First I Can Read! This comprehensive emergent reading program addresses all the components of reading mastery based on the latest early literacy research. Written by educator and reading specialist Dr. Julie M. Wood, with lively illustrations by Sebastien Braun, this Common Core–aligned program stars Tug the Pup and an endearing group of characters who will lead beginners through the proven steps for successful reading.

By |June 25th, 2014|Children, Education, Literature|Comments Off on My Very First I Can Read: Learn To Read With Tug The Pup And Friends By Dr. Julie M. Wood chats with Dr. Alvin

Influencing Hemingway: People And Places That Shaped His Life And Work By Nancy W. Sindelar chats with Dr. Alvin

Nancy Sindelar Click Here To Listen Ernest Hemingway embraced adventure and courted glamorous friends while writing articles, novels, and short stories that captivated the world. Hemingway’s personal relationships and experiences influenced the content of his fiction, while the progression of places where the author chose to live and work shaped his style and rituals of writing. Whether revisiting the Italian front in A Farewell to Arms, recounting a Pamplona bull run in The Sun Also Rises, or depicting a Cuban fishing village in The Old Man and the Sea, setting played an important part in Hemingway’s fiction. The author also drew on real people—parents, friends, and fellow writers, among others—to create memorable characters in his [...]

By |June 16th, 2014|Biography, History, Literature|Comments Off on Influencing Hemingway: People And Places That Shaped His Life And Work By Nancy W. Sindelar chats with Dr. Alvin

Letters Of Note: An Eclectic Collection Of Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience Complied By Shaun Usher chats with Dr. Alvin

Shaun Usher Click Here To Listen Live From The U.K. This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher's eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening—surprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, this handsome hardcover is a visual treat too, making Letters of Note an utterly distinctive gift, and an instant classic.

By |June 6th, 2014|Art, Literature, Quotes|Comments Off on Letters Of Note: An Eclectic Collection Of Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience Complied By Shaun Usher chats with Dr. Alvin

The Best Punctuation Period by June Casagrande

June Casagrande Click Here To Listen Punctuate with Confidence—No Matter the Style Confused about punctuation? There’s a reason. Everywhere you turn, publications seem to follow different rules on everything from possessive apostrophes to hyphens to serial commas. Then there are all the gray areas of punctuation—situations the rule books gloss over or never mention at all. At last, help has arrived. This all-in-one reference from grammar columnist June Casagrande covers the basic rules of punctuation plus the finer points not addressed anywhere else, offering clear answers to perplexing questions about semicolons, quotation marks, periods, apostrophes, and more. Better yet, this is the only guide that uses handy icons to show how punctuation rules differ for [...]

By |April 20th, 2014|English, Literature, Reference|Comments Off on The Best Punctuation Period by June Casagrande