15 with the Author | ‘The Edge of Lost’ by Kristina McMorris 2/1/16

the-edge-of-lost-book-coverFrom Ireland to Alcatraz, we are taken on a journey of loyalty, sacrifice and betrayal in  “The Edge of Lost”.   On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight’s guest is Kristina McMorris.  She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.   During a visit to Alcatraz, McMorris learned that children of guards and wardens lived on the island.  Intrigued by that, she decided to write a fictional story involving a little girl who lived there.  But the story starts long before that with an immigrant boy from Ireland.  She talks to us about how the story developed and what are the most challenging pieces to writing.

 

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15 with the Author | ‘Minnesota Modern – Architecture and Life at Midcentury’ by Larry Millett date

51er1L-sNyL.SX316From the genteel elegance of Christ Lutheran Church in Minneapolis to the lowbrow wonder of Porky’s Drive-In in St. Paul, the Twin Cities and other Minnesota communities are nothing short of a living museum.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight’s guest is Larry Millett, a Minneapolis native who spent much of his career as a writer, reporter and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  In 1985 he became the paper’s first architecture critic.  In his new book “Minnesota Modern – Architecture and Life at MidCentury” we are introduced to a very entertaining historical tale of transformation from urban to suburban life along with beautiful photographs.  A history lesson as entertaining as it is enlightening, “Minnesota Modern” provides a close-up view of a style that penetrated the social, political, and cultural machinery of the times.

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15 with the Author | ‘Magnifeco’ by Kate Black 1/18/16

9On today’s 15 with the Author,Teri Knight’s guest is Kate Black, author of “Magnifeco – your head to toe guide to ethical fashion and non-toxic beauty”.  Terms like organic and natural are being bandied about by a lot of marketers – but Kate says that doesn’t necessarily mean the product is safe.  From clothing, to fashion to makeup to intimate products, she shares numerous ways to make better decisions in your buying habits.  magnifeco.com

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15 with the Author | ‘Traffick’ by Ellen Hopkins 1/11/16

traffickCvrEllen Hopkins has been called “the bestselling living poet in the country”.  With unflinching verse she writes about tough subjects facing teenagers including depression, drug addiction, sexual abuse and prostitution.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Ellen joins Teri Knight to talk about her latest book “Traffick” – the novel follows 5 teenagers introduced in her previous book ‘Tricks’.  ellenhopkins.com

 

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15 with the Author | ‘War of Two – Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the duel that stunned the nation” by John Sedgwick’ date

bookjacket_war_of_twoIn the summer of 1804, two of America’s most eminent Statesmen squared off, pistols raised, on a bluff along the Hudson River. That two such men would risk not only their lives but the stability of the young country they helped forge is nearly unthinkable.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight’s guest takes on the question of WHY?   John Sedgwick is the author of “War of Two – Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Duel that stunned the Nation”.   He talks about political spin at the time and his own direct ancestor that played a role in the story.

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15 with the Author | ‘The Rose Society’ by Marie Lu 12/28/15

d312f51f9a01da740f8a34cb546e748aOnce upon a time a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends.  Then they betrayed her and she destroyed them all… On today’s 15 with the Author my guest is Marie Lu, author of “The Rose Society”, it’s the follow up to  the New York Times Best seller, The Young Elites.  The young protagonist, Adelina, is a sort of young female Darth Vader.  Lu talks about why she chose to make her main character a villain and how the characters came to her, each with their own special power.  MarieLu

 

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