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Louise-tree-web2Click here to listen to or download the 54-min mp3 recording of today's Pearlsong Conversation with Louise Mathewson, author of A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury.

ALifeInterruptedwebthumbA Life Interrupted is a collection of poems chronicling Louise's recovery from a brain-damaging car accident. The book also contains a list of journaling therapy writing prompts and other resources she found helpful in transcending trauma.

Louise Mathewson holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Wordgathering: Journal of Disability Poetry, Mochila Review, Boulder County Kid and Sasee magazines, and the anthologies Cup of Comfort—Vol. I (Adams Media) and Borderlines ’08 (University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom).

Most recently her work appears in Mentor’s Bouquet, an anthology edited by Linda Leedy Schneider (Finishing Line Press, Fall 2009).

Louise has always loved to write about the sacred moments in everyday experiences, but today these experiences hold even deeper meaning. In February 2003 she emerged from a two-week coma following an auto accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Though she struggled at first, she resumed writing as soon as she was able. Today Louise lives with her husband in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where she continues to write and recover.

Click on the widget below to browse an excerpt from A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury. For more information or to purchase, go to www.pearlsong.com/alifeinterrupted.htm.

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LonieMwebClick on the Podbean player below to listen to the 50 minute recording of today's Pearlsong Conversation with Lonie McMichael, Ph.D., author of Talking Fat: Health v. Persuasion in the War on Our Bodies.

Dr. McMichael has a Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric. She is currently teaching professional and technical writing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her first book, Talking Fat, examines the rhetorical success of the "war on obesity" while considering its absolute failure to make people thinner or to make a difference in the health of the American people. TalkingFatthumbShe examines empirical studies and statistics as well as the actual experience of fat people, asserting that the past decade's messages about the "obesity epidemic" are about many things--including prejudice, profit & control--but are not about health. Instead, negative messages about fat have increased prejudice and decreased health in the very people targeted for "help," while increasing profits for those perpetuating such rhetoric.

Dr. McMichael argues that the current weight-centered paradigm is only hurting our society and the individuals within it, and calls for a change in policy and perspective on fat in American society.

Talking Fat is available in original trade paperback & ebook from Pearlsong Press and your favorite booksellers, including Amazon/Kindle, BarnesandNoble.com/NookPowells.com, The Book Depository (with free shipping worldwide) & Apple's iTunes bookstore.

Listen to and/or download the Conversation by clicking here....or listen via the Podbean player below. Click on the Bookbuzzr widget to read an excerpt from Talking Fat.

For more information on the Pearlsong Conversations series, links to recordings of other Conversations, and information on how you can participate in future Conversations, visit the Pearlsong Conversations webpage at www.pearlsong.com/pearlsongconversations.htm.

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In the May 20, 2012 Pearlsong Conversations teleconference call, Pearlsong publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. & several Pearlsong authors talked about creating—and reining in— fictional characters.

Authors participating in the Conversation included Lynne Murray, author of The Falstaff Vampire Files, Bride of the Living Dead & the Josephine Fuller mystery series, Anne Richardson Williams (Unconventional Means), Linda C. Wisniewski (Off Kilter), Leslie Moïse, author of Love is the Thread & Judith, & Louise Mathewson (A Life Interrupted).

Links mentioned in this Conversation: Pearl S. Buck Writing Center | Linda Wisniewski's award-winning short story "Cold Beer and Great Good" | "At the Foot of the Lighthouse (Todai Moto Kurashi)" short story by Erin Hoffman"Todai Moto Kurashi, and writing the unspeakable" -- Hoffman's reply to commenters (read Hoffman's short story first).

For more information about the Pearlsong Conversation teleconference series and links to archived Conversations in which authors, publisher and readers discuss books and writing, go to the Pearlsong Conversations page at the Pearlsong Press website.

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In the February 12, 2012 Pearlsong Conversations teleconference call, publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. talked with Leslie Moïse, Ph.D. about her memoir Love is the Thread: A Knitting Friendship (published by Pearlsong Press in December 2011), her studies of nineteenth century women's fairy tales, and her current writing.

Love is the Thread traces the way one spiritual friendship can change all our relationshps. Sustained by the metaphor of knitting, the memoir centers on the friendship between two women, one snared in a life-long struggle with bipolar disorder and the other reweaving her life after an abusive relationship. The book is available in original trade paperback and ebook from the Pearlsong Press retail store, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Powells.com, the Book Depository (with free shipping worldwide) and elsewhere.

For more information on and links to archived recordings of the Pearlsong Conversations series of teleconference calls featuring authors, publisher and readers, click here.

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In the January 15, 2012 Pearlsong Conversations teleconference call, psychologist/publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. talked with Mary Saracino, author of The Singing of Swans & other books.

Mary discussed how she came to write her multi-century novel rife with magical realism and feminine spirituality. She talks about the Black Madonna, which appears throughout The Singing of Swans, and Her roots in pre-Christian traditions; Lake Pergusa, a Sicilian lake whose waters for millennia periodically turned red and thus were associated with feminine mysteries; and even a spiritual meaning of the focus on 2012 "end times."

In addition to her work as a writer, Mary teaches creative writing classes and workshops on the Divine Feminine, which she has studied as an independent scholar for more than 20 years. During the Conversation she reports on workshops planned in Colorado and New Mexico.

The Singing of Swans is available in original trade paperback & ebook from Pearlsong Press. The novel tells the story of Madalene Ross, a thirty-year-old American who "lives in her head," cut off from her body, her heart, and her sense of purpose in the world. En route to and from her job as a computer programmer in Minneapolis, Madalene is hounded on the downtown streets by a homeless woman who asks "Got a match?" At night bizarre dreams haunt her sleep. Women fly through rooftops, chant in ancient temples, paint tongues of fire on vivid white canvases.

Madalene's story is interwoven with the lives of three women: Rosalina, a priestess of Persephone in 70 B.C.E. Sicily; Ziza, a strega (Italian witch) in 16th century northeastern Italy, and Ibla, an herbalist and painter in 18th century southern Italy. Sicily's Lake Pergusa and the Black Madonna also act as a portal to the rich tradition of pre-Christian spirituality that lies beneath Church dogma.

The Singing of Swans takes readers on a multi-century journey to uncover long-silenced traditions, crack Madalene's spiritual code and reclaim her soul. Elements of magical realism dovetail with historical storytelling as this compelling tale of redemption unfolds.

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As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches in the U.S., publisher & psychologist Peggy Elam, Ph.D. chats with several Pearlsong Press authors about the importance of appreciating & listening to our bodies.

She is joined in the 50-min teleconference call by Pat Ballard, Lynne Murray, Tracey Thompson, Bonnie Shapbell, Leslie Moïse, Ph.D. & Linda C. Wisniewski.

Pat Ballard is the Queen of Rubenesque Romances & author of 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are), Lynne Murray is the author of The Falstaff Vampire Files, Bride of the Living Dead & the Josephine Fuller mystery series Leslie Moïse, Ph.D. is author of Love is the Thread: A Knitting Friendship (just published by Pearlsong Press). Tracey Thompson is the author of the novel Fatropolis, which will be published by Pearlsong Press in 2012. Bonnie Shapbell is author of the bereavement guide Hiking the Pack Line, which will also be published by Pearlsong Press in 2012. Linda C. Wisnewski is the author of Off Kilter: A Woman's Journey to Peace with Scoliosis, Her Mother, & Her Polish Heritage.

For more information about the Pearlsong Conversations series of teleconference calls, links to recordings of previous calls, and information on how you can participate in calls, go to the Pearlsong Conversations page on the Pearlsong Press website.

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Publisher & psychologist Peggy Elam, Ph.D. chats with Lynne Murray, author of The Falstaff Vampire Files, in this Pearlsong Conversation recorded October 16, 2011.

Lynne talks about the genesis of her newest novel, her works in progress, and the humor and life-sized characters that connect all her writing.

The Falstaff Vampire Files, as well as Lynne's romantic comedy novel Bride of the Living Dead & Larger Than Death, the first volume in the Josephine Fuller mystery series being republished by Pearlsong Press, are all available in trade paperback & ebook format from your favorite retailers as well as directly from Pearlsong Press's online store.

Read an excerpt from The Falstaff Vampire Files by clicking on the BookBuzzr widget below.

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Monday, October 10, 2011 Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville

This episode is the last of the Radio Free Nashville HAES shows, as Dr. Elam (a.k.a. PegE) & the Queen (a.k.a Pat Ballard) take a break from weekly broadcasting. You can still listen to the archived shows online at www.healthateverysize.info, www.pearlsong.com/audio.htm & via the Podbean Player.

Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin, "Happy Being Fat" by Big Dee Irwin, "Women's Bodies" by Rebecca Riots, "Even Free" (Kristi Martel), "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole), "Choose Love" (Fortunate Sons), "The Flame" (Beth Neilsen Chapman) & "Phenomenal Woman" (Ruthie Foster).

Bonus points if you recognize the source of the farewell above. We're not planning on leaving the planet yet, though.

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Monday, October 3, 2011 Health At Every Size radio show

This episode features the recording of the September 2011 Pearlsong Conversation with Lauri J Owen, author of the paranormal romance saga The Embers Series. Fallen Embers & Blowing Embers, Books One & Two of the series, were published by Pearlsong Press in 2010 & 2011.

Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin & "Hottie" by Jana Stanfield.

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