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How Do We Balance Personal and World Events When They Collide? Award-winning Writer Jonathan Safran Foer Saturday 24 June 8-9 PM It's A Question of Balance

Would you sacrifice yourself for your homeland? Your marriage? Your children? "The claims of identity, history, family, and the burdens of a broken world"* intertwine in Here I Am, the new novel from best-selling and award-winning writer Jonathan Safran Foer. The book addresses moral questions on the levels of the personal and global, including the role of religious faith in the modern world, how to be fully oneself in a marriage, and what are the responsibilities of American Jews towards Israel. One of the year’s most anticipated novels, Here I Am is bestselling Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. 

Ruth Copland in conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer 8-9PM PST Saturday June 24th.  

Jonathan is coming to Santa Cruz! If you enjoy Ruth's interview with him you can see him in person on July 12th. Bookshop Santa Cruz has a ticketed offsite event with Jonathan on July 12th at 7 PM to be held at Santa Cruz High School Theatre.  Ticket packages include two tickets to the event and one copy of Here I Am in paperback. You can find out more information and buy tickets in store at Bookshop Santa Cruz or at their website bookshopssantacruz.com

With his work translated into more than 38 languages, Jonathan's previous novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close were both made into popular films. His book Eating Animals, which explores our treatment of animals as food, is a New York Times Best-seller. His new book Here I Am (just out in paperback), unfolds over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., and is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home—and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear. 

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* “Dazzling... A profound novel about the claims of identity, history, family, and the burdens of a broken world.” —Maureen Corrigan


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Are We Medicalising Normal? Thought-provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance

Ruth Copland features her conversations on the street Out and About asking 'Are we medicalising normal?" Obviously there is a need to help people with serious mental issues that are impeding their life and/or causing harm to others. But excluding these cases, there are a whole range of “disorders” that have sprung up that represent behaviour that used to be absorbed into normal life. In The Book of Woe: The DSM and the unmaking of Psychiatry, psychotherapist of 30 years Gary Greenberg states “When the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or DSM was [first] published there were 14 mental disorders and now there are 250 – it needs to scale back.” The number of people diagnosed with disorders has increased accordingly. Does this mean more people are getting the help they need or are we medicalising human experience? What do you think? 

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Do you love a good thriller? Mystery Writer Laurie R King on It's A Question of Balance

With over 3 million books in print, Laurie R King is a hugely popular author. Ruth Copland features her interview with Laurie R King and talks about Laurie's latest mystery 'Lockdown'. Listen by clicking here Laurie R King | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast June 10). Laurie R King is an award-winning, internationally best-selling author of over 25 books including the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, Kate Martinelli books, and stand-alone novels including The Bones Of Paris and her latest Lockdown, 'the harrowing, all-too real tale of a classroom held hostage by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, ripped-from-the-headlines novel of rich psychological suspense' (Bookshop Santa Cruz). Bookshop Santa Cruz has signed copies of Lockdown available!

Since her first book in 1993, A Grave Talent, which won the MWA Edgar Award for best first novel, and the CWA Creasey Award, Laurie has averaged a book a year, gathering multiple nominations for and winning many prestigious writing awards including The Beekeeper’s Apprentice being chosen as one of the top 100 Favourite Mysteries of the 20th century. A third generation Northern Californian who has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay area, Laurie R King has also spent a considerable amount of time in Britain, and now lives in Santa Cruz. 

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Photos: Ruth Copland with Laurie R King; Cover of Laurie's latest thriller 'Lockdown

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What is a Fair Profit? On It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Business is geared up to make as much money as possible but is there such a thing as too much profit? What effect does squeezing the last penny out of any transaction have on best practice decisions, and on how much pay and what kind of benefits to offer workers? Some CEOs of successful companies have made a choice to have a healthy bottom line that also supports the environment, good working conditions, and good pay for all employees. This may mean that the overall profit is decreased but employee engagement and retention are high and everybody in the company is benefiting from the company’s success. This model is easier for private companies than publicly traded ones as shareholders may not be happy with less profit. Should a business balance profit goals with altruistic considerations - such as protecting the environment? Or should a business be trying to make as big a profit as possible? What do you think is a fair profit? Local people share their views with Ruth on the show’s Out and About feature (broadcast 20 May).

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