Category Archives: Books

John Daniel’s New Novel, Gifted, Hits Shelves Today

If you’ve missed the writing of Ken Kesey, don’t miss out on John Daniel’s new novel, Gifted, where the landscape and culture of the West are the stars. If you want to host an event around themes of conservation, dying Western industry and small towns, nature, or the nature of sexual orientation, you can find […]

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LitBit: Authors Provide Insight Into Contemporary Russian History & Politics

Memoirs and historical fiction captivate the reader with rich, life-like characters and detailed descriptive settings. What we may not realize we’re getting in these stories: well-researched history lessons. A foundational knowledge of contemporary Russian history and politics plays an important role in understanding global events and America’s developing relationship with Russia. To that end, here are four […]

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Forrest Pritchard Talks Business in Sustainable Farming

Forrest Pritchard, Gaining Ground

In his memoir, Gaining Ground, Forrest Pritchard touches on the harsh realities of market competition and the need for businesses to abandon the business-as-usual paradigm in order to compete. Sharing outsider perspectives of growing and maintaining a healthy business — insights learned from hard-won success beyond the mainstream — Forrest focuses on the concepts of Practice, Perspective, and Vision and explains how even billion dollar companies can take their cues from small farms and achieve sustainable growth for decades to come.

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Nathalia Holt, NPR Chat About the Role of Women in Rocket Science

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Nathalia Holt spoke with NPR’s Ari Shapiro and one of the original “rocket girls,” Barbara Paulson, about women’s role in shaping the American space project. Nathalia’s book The Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars, is a collective biography of a group of women who “did the math” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the 1940s.

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Author Interview: Lori Ostlund on After the Parade

Lori Ostlund, After the Parade

In this BIC Author Interview, Lori Ostlund speaks about After the Parade and engendering kindness and compassion, battling bullying, and embracing diversity — important discussions for virtually every campus and community.

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YA Version of Maraniss’ Strong Inside Opens Civil Rights Story to Middle Schoolers

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Andrew Maraniss’ Strong Inside, which chronicles the career of Perry Wallace, the first African-American college basketball player in the south, and serves an important role in facilitating campus and community discussions around racial tensions in the US, is now available in YA format.

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Leonard Pitts: Gentle Demeanor with a Tough Message

Leonard Pitts, Jr., Grant Park

As divisive messages filter down from our new administration, colleges and communities are hurriedly working to balance it with discourse about embracing the current situation of race relations in America and nurturing a community of diversity and kindness. With “a gentle demeanor,” Leonard Pitts, Jr. delivers a “tough message that we all need to hear.”

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James E. Mills Highlights Another Racial Disparity — Minority Outdoor Adventurers

James Edward Mills, The Adventure Gap

Adventurer and journalist James Edward Mills highlights another racial disparity: the low number of minority wilderness adventurers. This concern carries the opportunity to stimulate healthy conversation about race and gender disparity in our schools and communities.

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Sheff Brings New Insights to Campuses & Communities re: Addiction

Photo from New York Times, "Addict's Father, Now Advocate"

As drug and alcohol addiction continue to plague our campuses and communities, parents and campus leadership struggle to find a working approach for awareness, prevention, and healing. New York Times #1 Bestselling author, David Sheff, has new ideas about the topic having experienced the impact of his son’s meth addiction first-hand. Dave Sheff is an […]

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Thor Hanson’s The Triumph of Seeds Takes Science Award

Thor Hanson, The Triumph of Seeds

Biologist Thor Hanson’s THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS has just won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.

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