Author enters ‘The Dedd House’ | Local News

VALDOSTA – Danny Dedd returns from military training to a nightmare.

A car wreck has killed his young pregnant wife and his parents. They died on the way to pick him up from the airport.

Bearing such a heavy loss, even his lifelong dream of being a Navy pilot cannot buoy him. He receives an honorable discharge before beginning a new life, living off his large trust-fund inheritance. A life with risks of its own.

Danny gambles, placing increasingly larger bets with a bookie. He buys a private jet and regularly flies to Las Vegas where he gambles and meets several women … can any of them comfort him after the loss of his wife?

Valdosta-based author Jamey LeVier keeps the action fast paced and piles twist upon twist in his recently released novel, “The Dedd House.”  

A book signing is scheduled for later in the week at Book & Table Book Store in Downtown Valdosta.

LeVier has also written the novel “Rose Buddies.” He is a member of the National Novel Writing Month Society and regularly attends writing workshops and webinars, according to his bio information. 

He is from Pennsylvania and now lives in Valdosta with his wife, Jennifer, which is the same name of Danny’s wife in “The Dedd House.”

LeVier writes in a style that keeps readers riveted to the action and turning pages to learn what happens next. Suspense is high and the twists will leave readers stunned. Readers should be warned the book contains strong language, violence and graphic sex scenes. 

Some readers may have a tough time with the book’s conclusion. LeVier writes in an introduction he had a tough time finding a conclusion. LeVier said he woke from a vivid dream with the idea for the novel. Based on the dream, he created an outline for everything but the conclusion.

He didn’t have an ending until weeks later. He’d already written the majority of the book without an ending then another dream, another “aha” moment in the middle of the night.

“I rushed to my writing chair and penned the ending as quickly as my hand would go, and then returned to bed in awe of what just happened,” LeVier writes in his introduction.

Jamey LeVier is scheduled to sign “The Dedd House,” 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, Book & Table, Book Store, 120 N. Patterson St. The book will be available at the store. The book is published by Balboa Press.

Trump: Do android presidents dream of electric sheep?

I wonder, these days, if the American president is an android.

It is a question that has intrigued me since I read, a few weeks back, Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The book, published in 1968 and later adapted into the movie “Blade Runner,” is set in what was then the distant future, in the year 2021. It’s an apocalyptic, post-nuclear war planet, in which most non-human life has died off, most of the few humans remaining have emigrated to Mars, and the ones who have stayed – living off of synthetic foods and satisfying their craving for nature by nurturing electronic, faux-animal pets – are waging a constant war for survival. Their enemies are not only the radioactive dust clouds that poison their environments and ultimately their bodies and minds, but also human-looking, and human-imitating androids, conscious slave-robots-gone-rogue who are competing with humans for dominance over the scarified planet.

The latest generation of these organic robots look and act so human that only highly trained bounty hunters can tell the difference. In the end, it comes down to empathy: No matter how well-designed, well-programmed, and adaptive the androids are, ultimately they always fail complex empathy tests, their intellectual responses to certain questions designed to trigger empathy correct, but their physiological responses faulty.

Androids can, when the occasion demands it, sound quite normal, quite human. The problem is, their words are just words. They don’t have the moral core to genuinely feel the emotions they are trying to publicly present. And, ultimately, their actions reflect that lack of moral restraint.

In other words, they are fakers: They are smart enough to say the right things when asked about situations involving pain and suffering for other people or animals, but their bodies betray them. Their eyes don’t dilate in quite the right ways, their blood pressure and heart rate doesn’t shift as would a genuine human’s when asked to envision hurtful scenarios.

In the author’s world, empathy remains the defining characteristic of what it is to be human. Replicas – while they might be physically stronger, intellectually superior, better problem-solvers – in the end don’t have the same moral caliber as homo sapiens.

By these measures, there is a strong case to make that Donald J. Trump is a replica, a dangerous android unleashed on a wounded planet.

Here’s my reasoning:

The number of people damaged by his actions or his words is vast, and growing vaster. Taking 800,000 Dreamers and their families hostage isn’t politics-as-normal; it’s a sort of Marquis de Sade exercise in sadism. Arbitrarily withdrawing Temporary Protected Status for hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans, who have been in the country two decades, and suddenly declaring them illegal – and, by extension, making it likely that they will end up being separated from their hundreds of thousands of U.S.-citizen children – is a similar act of capricious cruelty.

Calling the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and Central America “shitholes” isn’t simply a diplomatic slip-up; it’s a stunning and deliberate slap in the face to the hundreds of millions of residents of those regions. Urging the police to beat up suspects isn’t just tough talk; it’s an active encouragement to use the force of law enforcement for harm rather than good.

Glorying in the ability to inflict torture on terrorism suspects is, similarly, a grievous abdication of moral responsibility. Playing nuclear chicken – my nuclear button is bigger and more powerful than yours, and mine works – with North Korea isn’t just crass, it’s also playing Russian roulette with the future of the entire globe. Sabotaging global climate change agreements isn’t merely short-sighted, it’s actively contemptuous of the environment upon which the great web of life on earth depends.

All of this would make Trump simply a cruel, nasty, maybe even pathological man. What makes him an android is that, on occasion, he can pivot just enough to say the right things.

Take the absurd spectacle of last week’s State of the Union speech. There Trump was, talking about bringing everyone together, celebrating a “New American Moment,” urging the two political parties to get over their mutual loathing and vote on vast infrastructure investments. Some of the passages, carefully read off of the teleprompter, sounded, dare I say it, quite reasonable.

But that’s just it: In Philip K. Dick’s world, androids can, when the occasion demands it, sound quite normal, quite human. The problem is, their words are just words. They don’t have the moral core to genuinely feel the emotions they are trying to publicly present. And, ultimately, their actions reflect that lack of moral restraint. Because they don’t actually care about other people, and how their actions impact them, when push comes to shove they are entirely opportunistic.

That’s Trump to a tee. He – or it, as the androids are labeled in Dick’s masterpiece – simply isn’t programmed to feel others’ pain, to see the world through others’ eyes. The replicas, wrote Dick, “possessed no ability to feel empathic joy for another life form’s success or grief at its defeat.” Such a creation was, he wrote, “a solitary predator.”

In a much newer book, “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff describes Trump retiring to his White House bedroom to eat fast food in bed and then phone his friends to complain about his day’s press coverage. When he finally puts the phone down and drifts to sleep, does the decrepit old android dream of electric sheep?

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This year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam had a rich selection of filmic fare, as world renowned directors such as Guillermo del Toro appeared alongside lesser-known filmmakers. Yet, the most interesting aspect of the festival wasn’t actually a film.

During the first week of the festival, the Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, opened a hotel, Sleepcinemahotel. This one-off project was a fully functioning hotel, with an open-space dormitory that had beds, hammocks and showers. For €75 you got a place to lay your head, with breakfast included. Nothing out of the ordinary you might think.

Yet, 24 hours a day, hypnagogic images – the sort of thing you see in your mind as you drift off to sleep – were projected onto the hotel’s walls. There were no loops, so the same image was never projected twice during the five days that the hotel was open. Images were of sleeping animals, sleeping humans, clouds and water. When asked why he had chosen this selection of images, Weerasethakul said:

The sea is a place that inspires you to think, to align various thoughts. The horizon is the border between day and night. It evokes contradictions, such as death and life, consciousness and dreams.

In an interview with Film Comment magazine Weerasethakul said that he wanted the guests of the hotel to create new images in their minds, as the ones projected on to the hotel walls infiltrated and affected their unconscious.

In the morning the guests were encouraged to write these dream images down in the “Dream Book”.

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This film-dream experiment calls into question the purpose of cinema and its function as a medium built on a clear narrative. Dreams and the unconsciousness are key components of the director’s productions. He is deeply embedded in the art house and film festival circuit – and the Rotterdam film festival has had a pivotal impact on his career. He received financial support from the Hubert Bals Fund in 1998, and ever since then, his films have been consistently screened or have been in competition there.

Critically acclaimed: Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
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Weerasethakul is also known for his art installations and short films. In April 2016 he presented an all-night screening at the Tate Modern in London, consisting of four feature films and 28 shorts. During a preceding Q&A, Weerasethakul actively encouraged audience members to sleep during the screening in the hope that the images would affect their dreams. With the opening of the hotel in Rotterdam, Weerasethakul’s project, which aims to blur the boundaries between film viewing and dreaming, reached its apex.

Weerasethakul’s films have consistently had an ethereal, dreamlike quality. His loosely constructed narratives allow for moments of quietude and reflection. As such, his work is associated with the “slow cinema” aesthetic. The hallmarks of this particular style are the use of extremely long takes, static images, moments of quietness and contemplation, along with an absence of action-packed narrative – instead favouring the visualisation of the everyday existence of his characters.

But is it art?

Clearly, this can be seen as the polar opposite of much of the mainstream market. This aesthetic has received much criticism, most famously by Nick James in his editorial for the April 2010 edition of Sight & Sound (not available online).

Yet, to some degree, it has also been present in mainstream fare. One of the most celebrated sequences in cinema is the extreme long shot of Omar Sharif as he rides a camel over the crests of monolithic sand dunes in Lawrence of Arabia. This pertains to some of the hallmarks of slow cinema, yet a narrative is still present after this seminal sequence.

If cinema is considered an art form as well as a commercial medium, audience expectations are going to dictate the pleasure derived from films from specific market sectors. Weerasethakul’s films can be considered a hybrid form, situated between cinema, art and dreams – outside of the mainstream. So new thinking is required to assess its value.

An art gallery allows people to meander through various artworks: paintings, sculptures and moving images. Some works may construct a narrative of sorts, drawing links with the art around them – whether that be thematic or based on the creators. Others are individual pieces that require time to absorb their beauty. Some create a sense of pace and urgency, others a sense of calm.

If all of these diverse styles, emotions and themes can be placed under one roof, why can’t they be seen on screen at the same time? Why not allow for still images within a film that are there for aesthetic beauty rather than narrative fulfilment? Sleepcinemahotel is Weerasethakul’s most direct culmination of art and cinema: the moving image, with the static.

Given that most people have a camera phone, there is a concern that the currency of the still image is becoming debased. But the moving image is alive and well. Weerasethakul shows us how to present the two forms in the same filmic text, allowing us to appreciate the moving image as well as the still frame, not just as narrative entertainment – but as art forms.

Book review: Dave Eggers tells story of most dangerous cup of coffee in the world – Entertainment & Life – telegram.com

“The Monk of Mokha” By Dave Eggers (Knopf, 327 pp., $28.95)

This heartwarming story of a man who surmounts immense obstacles to start his own coffee company is what certified literary good guy Dave Eggers does best: a true account of a scrappy underdog, told in a lively, accessible style.

Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the subject of “The Monk of Mokha,” is an extraordinary man. A San Francisco-born Yemeni-American raised in the then-hardscrabble Tenderloin district, Alkhanshali was well on his way to a life of petty crime when he hit upon the idea of exporting coffee from his ancestral homeland.

As Eggers details with evident admiration, Alkhanshali employed a combination of street smarts, hustle and tenacity to raise a modest stake, talk his way into the fringes of the coffee business and, finally, travel to Yemen to tour the nation’s erratic but promising coffee bean farms. Along the way, the reader receives a brisk mini-education in the intricacies of coffee, from roasting techniques that bring out “more than eight hundred different aroma and taste components” to the grueling study required to become a certified “Q grader,” or professional arbiter of coffee quality.

Alkhanshali is equable in the face of every challenge – he passes his Q test – and his dream is about to become reality. But then the Houthi coup of early 2015 throws Yemen into civil war. Alkhanshali is trapped in the country with “the best beans grown in Yemen in eighty years,” unable to book passage to a crucial trade show in Seattle.

The last third of the book details Alkhanshali’s hair-raising plan to escape by whatever means come to hand, and it is absolutely as gripping and cinematically dramatic as any fictional cliffhanger. Alkhanshali and his two companions must drive through firefights and enemy lines, bluffing their way through heavily armed checkpoints and more than once facing summary execution. (“I have plenty of dead men on my conscience,” one sinister vigilante tells him at gunpoint. “I killed two of you earlier today.”)

Throughout the entire bravura sequence, Alkhanshali displays a cool head, quick thinking and unstoppable amounts of straight-up courage. To say more would give away too much, but the denouement has the hard-earned emotional weight of the improbable underdog made good.

In choosing Alkhanshali as his subject, Eggers has hit on a surefire crowd pleaser, embodying as he does the great assimilationist virtues of hard work and entrepreneurial savvy. Only a hardened cynic, a truly crabbed and ungenerous spirit, would be able to resist this tale.

Unfortunately, one such person is writing this review. The problem with Eggers’ book is not in its execution, which is superb, but with its conception. Eggers, of course, means to use his celebrity platform to give a leg up to a worthy unknown, which is commendable but faintly discomfiting. In the end, appropriating a person of color’s experience this way feels a tad patronizing.

Yes, that objection feels fundamentally unfair. Eggers spent years writing this book, and his own cameo near the end is a warm and modest grace note. And yet somehow the ventriloquism doesn’t sit well. However unwittingly, it makes “The Monk of Mokha” an example of the Trope of the Exceptional Immigrant, in which an extraordinary person of color or foreign origin is held up as a rebuke to racism or xenophobia.

It is an attractive strategy – think of all the brilliant writers who made defiant declarations of their “shithole” origins recently – but it conceals an ethical trap: the implication that only the talented (or profit making!) truly belong in America, while the destitute and broken can be turned away. To accept a man with the grit and drive of Mokhtar Alkhanshali into your community, to celebrate his success, is hardly the mark of an advanced moral society.

In addition, Eggers’ narrative expresses a curiously limited conception of the American Dream. Eggers is an honorable and generous man, but it is dismaying to realize that his hero, his successful man of the times, is not a civil rights lawyer or a union leader or – God forbid – a writer, but a California start-up entrepreneur selling a new strain of artisanal delicacy.

This blithe embrace of aspirational consumer capitalism colors the narrative in uneasy ways. In a telling scene near the end of the book, Alkhanshali buys one of the posh apartments in the fancy building where he used to work as a lowly doorman, and this status symbol is presented as being of the essence of his achievement. We are meant to cheer, or perhaps weep, when he shows the place off to his disbelieving parents.

Something is out of tune here. Both Eggers’ appropriation of narrative and choice of belle ideal feel – it hurts to say it – very 2010. In 2018 our dreams, as well as our nightmares, are bigger than this.

 

Dave Eggers’ ‘The Monk of Mokha’ explores a coffee-flavored American dream

A young immigrant from Yemen becomes a coffee exporter in Eggers’ latest nonfiction page-turner.

“The Monk of Mokha”

by Dave Eggers

Knopf, 352 pp., $28.95

“You’re in front my face.” That’s a rough translation of a traditional Yemeni expression — something people in that country say to others to let them know they are valued.

And in Dave Eggers’ riveting new work of nonfiction, “The Monk of Mokha,” that’s what 26-year-old Mokhtar Alkhanshali tells the women he has hired to work in the new business he has set up in Sana’a, Yemen. A self-styled coffee exporter, Mokhtar has returned to his family’s homeland at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula with the dream of reviving Yemen’s ancient coffee-growing traditions.

But Mokhtar is as green to the business as the coffee beans he wants sorted out of the shipments his new hires are inspecting.

Author appearance

Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali

The author and subject of “The Monk of Mokha” will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; $37 (includes copy of book); tickets available through strangertickets.com.

Raised in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, a bright guy but an indifferent student, Mokhtar bounced around in a series of jobs, dabbled in college and, by his mid-20s, has little to show for himself.

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He is working as a doorman at a San Francisco high-rise when he gets inspiration one day from an unlikely source. He notices a statue in the plaza across the street. Erected to honor the Hills Brothers Coffee Co. that once had occupied that spot, the statue is a 9-foot-tall, bronze rendition of that company’s original mascot, a man in flowing robes, turban and curly-toed slippers, sipping coffee from a cup he holds aloft. According to an accompanying placard, the Hills brothers had launched their coffee-importing business in the late 1800s as Arabian Coffee and Spice Mills.

It is Mokhtar’s light-bulb moment.

When he goes home that night and tells his mother about his Arabian discovery, she informs him that his own family has grown coffee for generations. Not only that — Yemenis were the first, anywhere, to drink coffee — “You didn’t know this?”

He didn’t, but now he wants to learn more. He discovers that ancient Ethiopians made weak tea from coffee beans, but it wasn’t until the early 14th century that a holy man living in the Yemeni port of Mokha brewed coffee as the wakeful beverage we know today. Coffee houses sprang up throughout the region, and as coffee became increasingly commodified, it was appropriated by colonial powers.

Centuries later, and half a world away, Mokhtar decides that his mission is to restore his family’s homeland to its rightful place as a coffee-growing powerhouse.

Eggers traces this young man’s journey as he shuttles between California and Yemen, coaxing coffee roasters, investors, aid agencies and farmers toward his vision of a revitalized coffee-growing industry.

Once Mokhtar proves that Yemeni farmers can produce superior coffee beans, he still needs to find a way to ship them to the United States. He identifies a coffee conference in Seattle as the best place to find assistance.

But just as he’s about to depart Sana’a for Seattle, civil war breaks out across Yemen. The Saudis are dropping bombs, the airport shuts down, different armed factions erect checkpoints along the roads, and pirates roam the waters off the coast.

“The Monk of Mokha” is a page-turning mash-up of genres — coming-of-age, business how-to (and in some cases, how-not-to), and international political thriller.

This is the third book Eggers has written to focus on the amazing true-life stories of recent immigrants to America. “What Is the What” (2006) followed the difficult path of one of Sudan’s Lost Boys. “Zeitoun” (2009) focused on a Syrian-American house-painter who gets caught between Hurricane Katrina and the war on terror.

Caffeinated Seattle readers should embrace this third book not only as a terrific read, but also as a relevant backgrounder to their daily habit.

When you lift that next cup of coffee to your lips, remember to put the growers “in front your face.”

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks Black Panther: “Dream Come True” (Video)

As promised, here is an interview with Kevin Feige talking about the Black Panther movie from the recent world premiere.

“Well, this cast is astounding,” Feige said. “Our director Ryan Coogler… The day we hired him and the day the deal was done, he sent me a picture, and it was a picture of he and his then-fiancee at the comic book shop in his hometown holding a Black Panther comic. That was the comic shop he used to go to as a kid and read these stories. This movie finally coming to life is a dream come true. In a lot of ways, it feels like a highlight of my time at Marvel.”

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Kevin Fiege continues with mention that Black Panther isn’t going to be a slow film like some other origin stories are.

“It’s great. Whenever we do a Part 1, a first story, sometimes there is a slower burn, and people start to get used to the idea and used to who this new character is,” Feige offered. “That has not been the case with this at all. Obviously Chadwick’s role in Civil War really helped to establish him as this character, but there is a bent up love of this character going on fifty-plus years, and I’m so happy we are doing it, and that finally today people get to see the movie.”

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Kevin Feige also says Black Panther has real world appeal.

“The feedback we are getting, not from just the United States, but from Asia and all over Eurpose and all over the world, they want to see this character,” Feige said. “And not just this character, but the cast and this world, because in this film we go to this unseen side of Africa called Wakanda, and it is more advanced than anything you have ever seen. We have this wonderful movie that is equal parts real culture, equal parts comic book fantasy, into something wholly unique.”   

Watch the video with Kevin Feige talking Black Panther:

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Black Panther has a February 16, 2018 release starring Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award winner LupitaNyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” upcoming “All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming “Get Out,” “Sicario”), with Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”), with Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), Florence Kasumba (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Emerald City”), Sterling K. Brown (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and John Kani (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Coriolanus”).

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Tough Competition Amongst Selling the Dream Nominees

The Business Book Awards 2018

Selling the dream is what every entrepreneur aspires to achieve.

The organisers behind the Business Book Awards have announced six nominees for this year’s Selling the Dream category. These awards celebrate the best UK business books published between January 1 and December 31 2017 that are designed to motivate new business owners in the early stages of enterprise.

The founder of the awards is Lucy McCarraher, author of 11 books, and co-founder and Managing Editor of Rethink Press. Lucy McCarraher said, “Selling the dream is what every entrepreneur aspires to achieve. To be able to create something that your consumers adore is the pinnacle point of a business career. We’re proud to announce such a fantastic list of nominees that showcase a wonderful judgement of the Selling the Dream category.”

The authors represented on this year’s shortlist are experts in a large variety of topics, ranging from owning a successful start-up business to teaching effective branding in the modern era. Whilst some feature personal experiences which are motivational, others focus more on first-class advice on how to succeed in a competitive market. These books also represent a range of different publishers, from ReThink Press to Authority Guides.

Selling the Dream Nominees
Judged by Andy Lopata

Scale Up Millionaire by Gordon McAlpine (Rethink Press)
Secret Skill, Hidden Career by Paul Owen (Rethink Press)
Strategic Tendering for Professional Services by Matthew Fuller and Tim Nightingale (Kogan Page)
The Authority Guide to Pitching Your Business by Mel Sherwood (The Authority Guides)
The Growth Director’s Secret by Andrew Brent (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc)
UnBranding by Scott Stratten and Alison Stratten (Wiley)

The Business Book Awards ceremony will take place on March 16 2018 at The Grange City Hotel, London. Tickets for this event can be purchased through the website: https://www.businessbookawards.co.uk/product/book-your-ticke….

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Lucy McCarraher and the event organisers are available for interview.

For further information please contact Mary-Jane Rose, email [email protected] or Adam Betteridge, email [email protected] or Tina Fotherby, email [email protected] or call 0333 344 2341.

Lucy McCarraher, Managing Editor

Lucy McCaraher started her first publishing company at university, and has been publishing, editing and writing ever since. She has been a magazine and book editor and publisher, print and TV journalist in Australia and the UK; a writers’ agent, and editor for Methuen. As Director of Development at Lifetime Productions International, she developed, wrote and edited UK and international TV and video series, including three series of Runaway Bay, a children’s series shot in Martinique and starring Naomie Harris; Go Wild! with Chris Packham; and the Lovers Guide video series and books.

Lucy became a national expert in work-life balance, writing academic and business reports for clients and authoring The Work-Life Manual and The Book of Balanced Living. Her clients included multinational and blue-chip companies, large public sector and voluntary organisations, and SMEs. She has also worked as a coach with many individuals on their work-life balance and personal development.

Lucy is the author of ten published books, including her latest, best-selling How To Write Your Book Without The Fuss, with her business partner Joe Gregory; and the acclaimed How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss. Her first novel, Blood and Water, was shortlisted in a major competition and published by Macmillan New Writing, followed by Kindred Spirits and Mr Mikey’s Ladies. Lucy’s self-help books include A Simpler Life and The Real Secret, both co-authored with social psychologist, Annabel Shaw. The Real Secret was published by Bookshaker and Lucy subsequently became Commissioning Editor of the publishing company, contributing to its 14-year experience of niche business and self-development books.

Lucy became the Publish Mentor for KPI UK in 2013, for KPI Singapore in 2015, and enjoys working with the wide variety of talented KPI entrepreneurs to plan, write, and publish their business books.

She mentors and coaches individual writers; gives keynotes, workshops, masterclasses and webinars in all aspects of writing and publishing; and has a post-graduate diploma (DTLLS) in teaching Creative Writing and Literacy.

How an Ancient Jewish Book About Enoch Helps Explain Lehi’s Dream- Knowhy #404



“And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw; yea, even the river of which he spake; and the depths thereof are the depths of hell. And the mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil.”
1 Nephi 12:16–17

An ancient Jewish text about Enoch describes a flaming river and mists of darkness. These details are strikingly similar to Lehi’s dream in 1 Nephi.

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2-day ‘Young, Gifted and Dreaming Fearlessly’ summit kicks off Thursday | Neighborhoods

Young entrepreneurs, achievers conference

Join young entrepreneurs, entertainers and achievers in various fields from around the country for the two-day “Young, Gifted and Dreaming Fearlessly” summit. Listen to panel discussions and keynote speakers for free from 6 to 8:20 p.m. Thursday at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., and from 9:45 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Friday at the American Family Insurance NHQ auditorium, 6000 American Parkway. Topics including tackling challenges, networking, building a “dream village” and paying it forward will be addressed. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and CNN contributor and author Van Jones will be among the attendees. For more information or to register for the first day, go to go.madison.com/day1. To register for the second day, go to go.madison.com/day2.

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All about Indian mounds

Learn about the 4,000 remaining Indian burial grounds in Wisconsin during a discussion with Robert Birmingham, co-author of the book “Indian Mounds of Wisconsin.” Birmingham will discuss the mounds, which date back 15,000 to 20,000 years, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St. A $3 donation is suggested. For more information, go to go.madison.com/indian-mounds, call 264-6555 or email [email protected].

Dog park meeting

The Brittingham Dog Park, 326 S. Broom St., is being redesigned to make it more usable and inviting and to better reflect the aesthetics of Downtown Madison. The project will be discussed at the first of two public input and informational meetings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Capitol Lakes Retirement Community Grand Hall, 333 W. Main St. For more information, go to go.madison.com/dog-park or contact Sarah Lerner at 266-4711 or [email protected]. For more, see the story on Page B1.

Plans for Pinney Library

Preliminary plans for the new Pinney Library will be unveiled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the current Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Road. For more, see the story on Page B1.