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Maryville Talks Books features lectures by noted authors.

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    Creativity for All: A Conversation with Austin Kleon, June 2014

    Creativity for All: A Conversation with Austin Kleon, June 2014

    Austin Kleon has been called “one of the brightest new minds on the creative landscape” and “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet.” So how did a bright kid from rural Ohio achieve those accolades? He shared his work - and he thinks you should, too. In this inspiring one on one interview, Kleon shares advice and insight from “Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered,” the best-selling follow-up to his previous book, "Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative."

    • 18 min
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    Writing Lies: A Candid Conversation with Humorist Dave Barry

    Writing Lies: A Candid Conversation with Humorist Dave Barry

    Dave Barry: humorist, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, author and all around funny guy. Join us for Dave's take on everything from escorting his daughter to see a Justin Bieber concert to his wife's roll in the popularity of the book "The Kite Runner." Plus, he dispels some myths surrounding the perceived glamour of writing for a living. He even lets us in on his method of what he calls "writing lies" for his popular books. It's a candid, comedic conversation with one of the most entertaining authors we've ever interviewed.

    • 17 min
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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, March 2014

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, March 2014

    The Immortal LIfe of Henrietta Lacks is a touching, yet shocking tale of a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge, ultimately influenced almost every aspect of medicine today. As scientists often point out, if you've taken anything stronger than an aspirin, you can probably thank Henrietta. The book is a New York Times bestseller, but many who read its pages are often left with many questions about the family, medical ethics and racial and privacy issues. We talk with Henrietta's granddaughter and great-granddaughter about the book, Henrietta and the soon to be made HBO movie based on this book.

    • 14 min
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    Lessons Learned from Traditional Societies - Jared Diamond

    Lessons Learned from Traditional Societies - Jared Diamond

    Most people turn to friends, parents and sometimes even experts in the medical field for advice on parenting. Not Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond – he prefers to take notes on best ways to rear a child from tribal communities. And, that’s not the only type of lesson they can teach us. In his most recent book, The World Until Yesterday, Diamond draws on five decades of his own fieldwork in New Guinea to write about potential answers to several universal human problems. Diamond discusses how traditional societies handle caring for the elderly, healthier diets and what he calls “constructive paranoia.”

    • 21 min
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    Kinsey & Sue: An Interview with Sue Grafton

    Kinsey & Sue: An Interview with Sue Grafton

    Best-selling mystery author Sue Grafton is back with "W is for Wasted," the twenty-third letter in her hugely popular "alphabet series." The year is 1988, but female private eye Kinsey Millhone isn't worried about perms or shoulder pads; she's trying to figure out what two dead men - a shady, former colleague and a homeless man - have in common. In this entertaining interview, the former-screenwriter also talks about Hollywood, hair cuts and how she survived a difficult childhood.

    • 29 min
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    This is the Story: An Interview with Ann Patchett, January 2014

    This is the Story: An Interview with Ann Patchett, January 2014

    Ann Patchett has a happy marriage. But the award-winning author of Bel Canto, State of Wonder and other novels never expected to publish a book about it. In this revealing interview, Patchett talks about the life lessons that led to This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of articles and essays about love, loss and the power of forgiveness. Find out how Patchett survived the turbulent end of her first marriage, and why Time Magazine calls her one of the "most influential people in the world."

    • 25 min

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