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October 10, 2017

“The Hemingway journey is long and winding and full of contradictions as well as the eternal clash of fact and fiction.” Steve Paul discusses Hemingway at Eighteen »

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Steve Paul color_0034In Hemingway at Eighteen, author Steve Paul provides a unique look at how the span of time between the summer of 1917 and the summer of 1918 was a life-changing year for Ernest Hemingway. October 15, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s arrival in Kansas City to work for the Kan

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September 21, 2017

Carol Svec talks Mary Roach, proprioception, “The Vominator” and her hands-on research for Balance »

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Carol SvecBalance: A Dizzying Journey Through the Science of Our Most Delicate Sense by health and wellness writer Carol Svec examines every facet of our most complex and fragile sense. Throughout Balance, Carol visits university labs to experience the latest research devices that are applied to help those wh…

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September 12, 2017

The Sunken Gold author Joseph A. Williams talks deep sea diving, treasure hunting and squeaky Mickey Mouse voices »

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Joe WilliamsA fascinating look into one of the greatest treasure hunts in history, The Sunken Gold tells a story of daring espionage and adventurous diving. As World War I waged on, a desperate British Royal Navy knew that recovering the gold lost to the bottom of the ocean—collateral for the war effort to a …

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September 7, 2017

Maximum volume, Beatles songs, and Anthony Hopkins playing the harpsichord: Author Kenneth Womack discusses the research process for the first full-length biography of Sir George Martin »

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Kenneth Womack is a Beatles scholar and the author of Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926–1966. Womack delivers some 50 invited Beatles talks a year to audiences across the country and shares his insights with media of all stripes, including NPR, A…

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August 31, 2017

Author Cheryl Mullenbach (Torpedoed!) shares her experience with researching survivor stories, first-hand accounts, and teaching children about disasters and rescues »

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Cheryl MullenbachOn September 3, 1939—the same day Britain officially entered World War II by declaring war on Germany—the passenger liner SS Athenia was torpedoed by a German U-boat. It would be the first ship lost in the battle of the Atlantic.

In Torpedoed! the disaster of the SS Athenia is told through th…

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August 18, 2017

Screen Schooled authors Joe Clement and Matt Miles discuss technology in the classroom, what’s really going on—think distracted kids with poor problem-solving skills and little intellectual curiosity—and how parents and educators can counteract it »

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SAMSUNG CSCAs much as parents, teachers and students hate to admit it, the new school year is just around the corner. Each new year it seems there are more changes being made to tried and true teaching methods. Students now have access to multiple screens in the classroom and use Twitter, YouTube, chat rooms a…

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July 20, 2017

Marina Antropow Cramer, author of Roads talks about life as a bookseller turned novelist and about writing family lore into fiction »

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Author Image Marina CramerIn Marina Antropow Cramer’s debut novel, Roads, a family of Russian refugees must find new meanings for loyalty, fidelity, grief and love among the chaos of World War II.

Filip and Galina grew up side by side in the sun-drenched beauty of Yalta, but what’s left of their youthful romance will …

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July 7, 2017

In Riding With George, Philip G. Smucker strives to show readers the “real” George Washington with all his aspirations, talents and human flaws »

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Phil-w-HorseAs we celebrate the Fourth of July this week, there is no better time to reflect on the courageous Founding Fathers and the first president of our nation, George Washington. Long before George Washington was a president or a general, he was a sportsman. His horseback riding abilities and prowess wer…

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July 3, 2017

James W. Ure introduces teens to the fascinating life story of Gertrude Tompkins, who overcame a devastating childhood stutter and the gender barriers of her era to become one of 126 elite women chosen to pilot World War II fighter planes »

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JIM URE small_4898Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude Tompkins by James W. Ure introduces teens to the fascinating life story of Gertrude Tompkins, who overcame a devastating childhood stutter, a troubled youth spent searching for her life’s purpose, and the gender barriers …

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June 15, 2017

The Many Lives of Catwoman turns the superhero genre upside down by showing the perspective of not only a villain, but a female villain navigating the male-dominated worlds of Gotham City and comic books »

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Tim Hanley, author of Investigating Lois Lane and Wonder Woman UnboundWith the recent announcement of Batman and Catwoman’s possible engagement in the comics, the astonishing success of Wonder Woman at the box office, and the outpouring of remembrances upon the death of Adam West, the beloved star who played Batman in the 1960s, there’s no denying that characters …

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