Priscilla Gilman, author of "The Anti-Romantic Child" and former assistant English professor at Yale and Vassar, talks about raising her autistic son, coping with divorce, managing her career and finding happiness, all the while weaving the wonderful words of Wordsworth throughout her story.
Courtney Maum, author of "Touch" and "I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You," talks about her unique professional path to becoming a writer (Corona party promoter in Paris!!), her meeting with a professional cuddler, how she accidentally came up with her novel ideas and the eternal quest to stock the fridge.
Poet and author extradordinaire, Kwame Alexander, speaks off the cuff about love, life and writing. A best-selling author and Newbery Award winner for "The Crossover," Kwame has written 25 books including "Rebound," "Booked," and "Solo." His work is intended for middle grades/young adults, but as a grown-up, I absolutely love his work. (I cried, repeatedly.) He blends sports and poetry in a unique way which provides "instant access to humanity." Hear about Kwame's plans, his work in Ghana, his future books and his thoughts on the NFL's taking a knee.
Allison Pataki, author of memoir, "Beauty in the Broken Places," and best-selling historical fiction books, "Sisi," "The Traitor's Wife" and "The Accidental Empress," shares her story of coping with her husband's unexpected, massive stroke at age 30. She shares her vulnerabilities, her advice, and her thoughts on how faith got her through that horrific time in her life: caring for both her husband (then with the cognitive capabilities of a teenage) and a newborn.
Aimee Molloy, author of instant best-seller and amazing novel/thriller, "The Perfect Mother," as well as several other non-fiction books, talks about managing the anxiety of new motherhood, mom "tribes," inverted nipples (?!), writing while hiding from her kids, and how she found out about her book being #5 on the best-seller list.
Dylan Lauren talks about her love of color and candy, how she's raising her "twin"kies, fitting in her workouts, managing her retailtainment empire, writing her first book, how 9/11 affected the launch of Dylan's Candy Bar, her bunny love and more!
Novelist Caitlin Macy (pronounced "CaiSH-lin"), author of Mrs., Spoiled (Stories) and The Fundamentals of Play, talks about unspoken class distinctions, her own family's fall from wealth, what it takes to make Upper East Side moms stop googling Hamptons real estate, and how she tries to get her daughter to wear socks. She references so many books and authors, it's hard to keep up with her huge, literary mind.
Best-selling author, Dani Shapiro, author of nine amazing books (both memoirs and novels), talks about her secret to great writing, the app everyone needs to be productive, which sentence about her husband she rewrote over and over again and the family secret in her upcoming book from Knopf. (Cliffhanger!)
Jennifer Wallace, TV commentator and award-winning journalist for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and many women's magazines, discusses her recent WSJ article, "The Teenage Social Media Trap." Armed with many recent studies, Jennie gives tips on how to manage kids' social media and gives some cautionary warnings. She also discusses how she broke into newspaper reporting, how her girlfriends were instrumental in helping her back into journalism after she took seven years off to raise her three kids, and how to appear calm, cool and collected on air. Plus she shares her secret to finding time to write without distractions!
Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Best-Selling Author of “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better”
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author, Charles Duhigg, shares his insightful research to help this mom change her habits and parent more effectively. Charles explains the brain's way of forming habits, unlocks the secret to stopping them and puts his words into action. He also reveals his methods to crafting amazing stories (hint: structure!) and shares what it was like to get the call telling him he'd won a Pulitzer! He also gives tips on how to be more productive (hint: fewer emails!). His amazing books, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity are both New York Times Bestsellers.