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Thursday 3 October 2013

Kevin West
Fast Lane to Slow Food: A Preserver's Life

"One of L.A.'s last gentlemen," according to Wide Angle Lunches' favorite essayist, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Kevin West recently turned his hand from journalism at the hippest of high fashion magazines, W, to pickle pots and sealing wax. His recipe book, Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving (2013) reflects West's eclectic background and interests in history, science, art history, and literature.

After 13 years on staff at W in New York, Paris and, lastly, as its West Coast Editor in Los Angeles, he now runs the blog SavingtheSeason.com, writes about food, culture, and travel, and produces a retail collection of jams and marmalades.

West is from rural Blount County in eastern Tennessee. He attended Deep Springs, an experimental college in the White Mountains of California, and Sewanee: The University of the South.

With thanks to Debra Wilson.

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Book cover: Saving the Season

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Thursday 10 October 2013

Sasha Wilkins
Liberty London Girl: The Recipe

The English fashion editor, broadcaster & journalist Sasha Wilkins is probably best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, LibertyLondonGirl.com, which she founded in 2006. LLG has attracted a passionate following in over 135 countries for its mix of fashion, beauty, dogs, travel and food. Sasha's first cookbook will be published in Fall 2014.

If you love food and cooking, or are looking to increase your online presence, or have always wondered what the social media fuss is all about, or might simply enjoy pithy insights from a straight-talking fashion editor, lifestyle guru and unapologetically English girl, then this Wide Angle Lunch is for you.

Sasha started her career as a second assistant at British Conde Nast, and has worked as a senior magazine editor on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently as Launch Executive Style Editor on The Wall Street Journal's WSJ. Magazine in New York. She has written for publications including The Sunday Times, Harper's Bazaar and Elle and her television appearances range from Good Morning America to co-presenting the UK network coverage of Royal Ascot.

She has just been appointed to her first non-executive directorship, was a UK Woman of the Year in 2011, and was one of London's 1000 Most Influential People during the Olympics in 2012.

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Wednesday 16 October 2013

Elizabeth Becker
How Not to Ruin the Places We Love

Elizabeth Becker is the author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism (Simon & Schuster, 2013), which celebrates the best of tourism in countries like France and Costa Rica and explores negative impacts aboard cruise ships and in places like Venice and Cambodia. Becker shows how travel and tourism has become one of the world's biggest industries, with profound and potentially destructive impacts on countries, the environment and cultures.

Elizabeth Becker has covered national and international affairs as a Washington correspondent at The New York Times, the Senior Foreign Editor at National Public Radio and a Washington Post correspondent. She began her career as a war reporter in Cambodia in 1972 as one of only two Western journalists to meet Pol Pot while in power, is the author of When the War was Over (1986), a history of modern Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge, for which she won a Robert F. Kennedy Book citation, and of America's Vietnam War (1992), a narrative history for young adults.

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Book cover: Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism

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Friday 18 October 2013

Roz Savage
Storms, Solitude and Soul-Searching: One Woman, Three Oceans

Roz Savage MBE holds four Guinness World Records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. A latecomer to the life of adventure, the Oxford law graduate worked as a management consultant in London for 11 years before deciding to take her life in a new direction.

A United Nations Climate Hero and an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org, Roz is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an International Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York, and in 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic.

Her inspirational book, Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009. The eponymous documentary has been screened around the world in association with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Her second book, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific, is published in October 2013 by Hay House.

A graduate of University College, Oxford and a recipient of a Yale World Fellowship, Roz was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's 2013 Birthday Honours.

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Thursday 24 October 2013

Barton Swaim
Why Red States is Red

Many 20th-Century cultural critics, especially those influenced by Marx, argued that market economies undermine and erode the values of traditional cultures. There is certainly truth in that. So why, then, is America's most traditional culture—the South—so sympathetic to free market policies?

Barton Swaim is a columnist and book reviewer for the Wall Street Journal, and writes frequently for The Weekly Standard, The New Criterion, and the Times Literary Supplement. He worked as a speechwriter for Governor Sanford from 2007 to the end of his term.

Swaim grew up in Greenville and Surfside Beach and now lives in Columbia, SC. He holds postgraduate degrees in English literature from Edinburgh University (PhD) and the University of South Carolina.

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Thursday 7 November 2013

Lynn McDonald
The Lady with the Lamp: Florence Nightingale's Legacy for Nursing and Healthcare Today

Florence Nightingale famously revolutionized nursing at Scutari (in modern-day Istanbul) during the Crimean War. A prodigious and successful writer, including on religion and mysticism, and a groundbreaking statistician, she founded the first secular nursing school in the world at St Thomas' Hospital in London. She was also a leading social reformer, influencing healthcare, hunger relief, and women's position in society from the battlefields of the American Civil War to the rice paddies of India and the backstreets and workhouses of England.

Lynn McDonald is director of the sixteen-volume Collected Works of Florence Nightingale and Florence Nightingale at First Hand, 2010. She is University Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph, Ontario, a former Member of the Canadian Parliament and president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, then Canada's largest women's organization. As a parliamentarian, she sponsored Canada's groundbreaking legislation to establish smoke-free work and public places and ban cigarette advertising, in 1988. She is co-founder of The Nightingale Society, which promotes the vision and work of Florence Nightingale and defends her reputation and work.

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Thursday 14 November 2013

L. Paul Bremer III
America and the Middle East: The Way Forward

As parts of the Middle East and North Africa move from autocratic rule to unrest to crisis and back, what should America's role in the region be? Which interests does America still have there, and which should it continue to protect?

Ambassador Bremer is one of the world's leading experts on crisis management, terrorism and homeland security. His role as Presidential Envoy and head of the Iraq Coalition Authority following the 2003 invasion gave him a unique perspective on the Middle East and the war on terrorism. The resulting book, My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope (2006) was hailed as "fascinating and valuable" by The New York Times. From Sea to Shining Sea: Biking Across America with Wounded Warriors (2011) revealed another facet of his commitment to public service.

A graduate of Yale and Harvard Universities and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Ambassador Bremer was Chairman of the Bipartisan National Commission on Terrorism from 1999–2000, which produced the only such report to predict a major terrorist attack on American soil, Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1983–1986 and Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism from 1986–1989. He is a former Chairman and CEO of Marsh Crisis Consulting and former Managing Director at Kissinger and Associates.

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Charleston Library Society: The South's oldest cultural institution, founded 1748

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Thursday 25 May

Barry Svigals
Re-Membering Community: Inspiring a Process of Creative Participation

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