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Conversations: Anita Silvey, "Undaunted: The Wild Life of Birute Gadikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans"

On this edition of Conversations, Anita Silvey talks about her latest book, Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans. In a unique 40-year career in the children's book field, Silvey has divided her time equally between publishing, evaluating children's books, and writing. This latest book is published by National Geographic kids.


Conversations: John Kenney, "Love Poems for People with Children"

On this edition of Conversations, John Kenney talks about Love Poems for People with Children. Kenney is the New York Times bestselling author of the humorous poetry collection Love Poems for Married People, and the novels Talk to Me and Truth in Advertising, which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.


Conversations: Widge Yager, Theatre Lawrence Presents "Matilda"

On this edition of Conversations, Widge Yager talks about directing the Theatre Lawrence production of Matilda. The musical has been described as the story of an extraordinary girl armed with a sharp mind and extraordinary powers, who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. The musical opens on December 6 and runs through the 22nd. Information about tickets and show times is available at the Theatre Lawrence website.


Conversations: Ellen Winner, "How Art Works - A Pyschological Exploration"

On this edition of Conversations, Ellen Winner talks about How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration. Winner is a professor of psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She directs the Arts and Mind Lab, which focuses on cognition in the arts in typical and gifted children as well as adults.


Conversations: David Baldacci, "A Minute to Midnight"

On this edition of Conversations, Best selling author David Baldacci talks about his latest novel, A Minute to Midnight. It's the second novel to feature FBI agent Atlee Pine. Baldcacci has over 130 million in worldwide sales. He is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America.


Conversations: Edward Posnett, "Strange Harvests - The Hidden Stories of Seven Natural Objects"

On this edition of Conversations, Edward Posnett talks about Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects. After working in finance, Edward Posnett started writing about nature, markets and trade. His fascination with the Icelandic tradition of eiderdown harvesting sparked this book.


Conversations: William McCallum, "How to Give Up Plastic"

On this edition of Conversations, William McCallum talks about How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time. McCallum has been at the heart of the anti-plastics movement for the past three years, in his role as Head of Oceans at Greenpeace in the UK. He regularly meets with the government and companies to implore them to help tackle the plastic crisis.


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