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Arthur Sharp

Arthur Sharp's latest book, Pluviculture and Meteorological Mumpsimuses: How to Avert an $11 Million Climate Change Investment, was released in November 2019. It traces media coverage of climate change back hundreds of years through actual newspaper articles and proves that what we are reading today about climate change hasn't changed for centuries. As history proves, contemporary climate changers are using the same scare tactics their.predecessors did centuries ago. The climate may change imperceptibly, but their arguments portending the imminent disappearance of Earth have not. Why start listening to them now?

Gigi Berardi

ALERT, eds: This seems embarrassingly long. Edit as you think best. Maybe it's longer than a "Blurb." Since I'm averaging a book every 15 years, maybe it makes up for lost time? gb Gigi Berardi’s FoodWISE: A Whole Systems Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Food Choices will be released January 14, 2020. Gigi signed with North Atlantic Book, but Penguin Random House (PRH) is distributing it. It’s described in the national press as, one of “19 reads that inspire us and challenge us to be better activists, environmentalists, cooks, policymakers, protectors of the planet, farmers, supporters of pollinators and advocates for a better food system.” (Forbes.com) The book addresses the sheer volume of diet and detox options that can feel defeating and largely unhelpful. With a seemingly infinite number of weight-loss programs comprising a $60-billion diet industry, many remain at a loss, searching for real ways to eat well, feel good and reconnect with cooking and eating practices that nourish body and spirit. The “WISE” in the book’s title stands for: whole, informed, sustainable and experienced-based thinking. Berardi avoids prescribing what we should and should not eat and the book does not home in on "beneficial" foods or nutrients. Instead, she invites readers to think holistically about how we can procure and produce incredible meals, and draw deep nourishment from the foods we prepare and consume. Thanks to PRH promotion and distribution (and its endorsement by over 30 major food-thought leaders), the book was already in presales on 40+ websites worldwide four months before its release date. See:Whatcom Talks and Foreword Reviews https://www.facebook.com/gigimberardi/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/352429.Gigi_Berardi https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-M.-Berardi/e/B001HD43XE blog https://wp.wwu.edu/gigiberardi/category/foodwise-blog/ “The definitive guide to shopping, cooking and eating as an informed consumer. If you can’t figure out what to eat after reading FoodWISE, you might as well just stop eating.”—Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie, Deconstructed “If you ever find yourself in solitary confinement or the equivalent with one book to read, make sure it’s FoodWISE. Rarely is so much wisdom, common sense and original thinking elegantly pressed between two covers in a world hungry for food and even hungrier for the full story about the staples of life.”—Charles Geisler, Cornell University “.…restorative as it is informative, and I love Gigi Berardi's mantra: stop, think, then act.”—Michael Moss, investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize recipient, author of Salt, Sugar, Fat Associated website

Jyrki Penttinen

I am pleased to inform that I just published my third book this year, 5G simplificado, on Amazon. It is a Spanish edition of the 5G Simplified book. Following the same idea, this latest book describes the new generation of the mobile communications networks in a common-sense way. The topics are presented in alphabetical order to ease the navigation. The book helps in the initial studies and works as a longer-term guide and reference. The book contains a variety of themes including the new service-based architecture, virtual network functions, security aspects, radio and core network planning principles, cloud and edge computing, and SIM card. Among the other up-to-date topics, it also summarizes the current understanding about health considerations related to radio frequencies, and clarifies the most important 5G terminology in Spanish and English. Associated website

James McCommons

James McCommons’ latest book, Camera Hunter: George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography was published by the University of New Mexico Press in October 2019. The biography chronicles the life and work of the first wildlife photographer and the inventor of the trail camera. George Shiras, also a lawyer and congressman, wrote the legal foundations of the Migratory Bird Act. Foreword Reviews calls the book a “thorough biography, an entertaining travel guide, and a rich and detailed history of the early conservation movement.” Associated website

Melanie Radzicki McManus

The seven-part series "Feeling Superior," a collaboration by Melanie Radzicki McManus and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, won a 2019 silver Lowell Thomas award in the Special Packages/Projects category. McManus wrote the articles and created daily vlogs during her three-week adventure. The Lowell Thomas Awards are considered the Pulitzer's of travel writing. Associated website

Margie Goldsmith

Margie Goldsmith’s latest book (her third), "Masters of the Harmonica: 30 Master Harmonica Players Share Their Craft" is the Amazon #1 best-seller of harmonica books. The book contains revealing interviews with blues harmonica players including Kim Wilson, Charlie McCoy, Delbert McClinton, Charlie Musselwhite, Magic Dick, and nearly two dozen other consummate performers. Says Gerhard Mueller, Product Manager, Hohner Harmonicas: "There have been books written about how to play harmonica, books on the history of harmonica, techniques and resources, but never before has there been a book in which 30 harmonica masters share their knowledge of the instrument. Masters of the Harmonica is a must-have for harmonica players of every level.” Associated website

Katy Koontz

Member Katy Koontz won a 2019 Folio: Eddie Award this past October for her editor’s note (“The Inside Scoop”) on Denise Linn in the March/April 2019 issue of Unity Magazine. The award was in the consumer magazine division, column/blog category for spiritual/religious publications. The Eddie Awards (for magazine editorial excellence) are one of the largest and most prestigious publishing industry competitions and have been a staple in the industry for more than two decades. Koontz, the editor of Unity Magazine, was also named to the annual Folio: 100 list this year, a list that “shine a spotlight on those who have truly made a signifiant impact on their company or the industry.” She was honored at a luncheon in New York City during the Folio: Show on November 1, 2019. Associated website

Cynthia Greenwood

Cynthia Greenwood's latest nonfiction title, Deciphering Shakespeare's Plays: A Practical Guide to the Twenty Best-Known and Enduring Works, won the Foreword Magazine's INDIES Gold Award for Adult Reference in June 2019. Deciphering Shakespeare's Plays (Calpurnia Press) invites readers to go behind the curtain to better understand the comedy, tragedy, history, and romance that flowed from the quill of the legendary dramatist. The book brings Shakespeare’s dramas alive in a new introduction for students, playgoers, and general readers. It illuminates the essence and experience of the Shakespearean spoken word, within the context of playwriting during the 1590s. It also explores how theatre people think while staging Shakespeare's twenty most popular plays. PlayShakespeare.com says this guide "provides a wonderful new resource for Shakespeare beginners, actors, and those who already consider themselves well-schooled in the Bard." Associated website

Thomas Lee

Pleased to announce the launch of my ghostwriting company Active Voice Editorial Services Associated website

Kate Hanley

Proving it's never too late to jump on a trend, Kate Hanley launched a short, daily podcast called How to Be a Better Person (based on her book of the same name). With what one reviewer calls "bite-sized, actionable goodness", Kate aims to help you end the day better than you started it with advice that's fun, not preachy. Associated website

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    – Sidney Sheldon
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    – Kenneth Tynan
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    – Somerset Maugham
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    – Flannery O'Connor
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    – Andrew Jackson
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    – Stephen King
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