Authors Between the Covers: What It Takes to Write Your Heart Out

May 29 2023

This month on Authors Between the Covers: Meet the kids raised by the author of “The Earthbound Parent”

Authors Between the Covers: What It Takes to Write Your Heart Out
This month on Authors Between the Covers: Meet the kids raised by the author of "The Earthbound Parent"
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August 2023: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co.Are you a parent tired of the persistent belief that your child’s moral values, ethical principles, and ability to distinguish between what is right and wrong must come from religion? Do you wonder how you can ever teach your child to think for herself in a culture that values uncritical obedience over critical consideration? Or do you fear what the future holds for your child in a society that views unquestioned faith as a virtue and a questioning mind with suspicion?
If so, you are going to enjoy “The Earthbound Parent,” a book by author and father Richard A. Conn, Jr.

In it, he argues that the solution is clear, and it rests not only with you but all parents with similar concerns. In this volume, he demonstrates why all parents who value science and reason can help stop the centuries-old practice of religious indoctrination and offers advice on encouraging children to discover the world and their place in it for themselves.

“Only by allowing them to learn that we are in this world together, that we have a limited time to live, and that we have only one another on which to rely can we truly enable them to flourish and begin to build a just and peaceful world—not just for their generation but for all future generations,” explains Richard.

Nikita and Natalie Conn

On this episode: Richard’s daughters, Nikita, 16 and Natalie, 13 (pictured right) interview him about what it was like to be raised by an “Earthbound Parent.” How was their upbringing different from their religious friends? Do they appreciate their dad’s perspective? Will they raise their kids the same way? And so much more! Don’t miss it.

Richard Conn Jr., author, “The Earthbound Parent”

About Richard Conn Jr.: Richard is the Managing Partner of Eurasia Advisors. He also serves as Managing Partner of Innovate Partners, an emerging company private investment fund, as an affiliate partner in Stonehaven, a global capital raising platform, and as an Independent Trustee of a publicly traded mutual fund.

Before founding Eurasia Advisors in 2003, Richard practiced international corporate law for nearly twenty years as an equity partner with the international law firm Latham & Watkins. He founded the firm’s Moscow office in 1992. He served as a key advisor to the Presidential Administration of Russian President Boris Yeltsin and as President of the Moscow-based Foreign Bar Association. A longstanding past member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Russia Business Council and of the International Crisis Group’s International Board of Advisors, he regularly consults with the World Bank, Members of Congress, and the Administration regarding C.I.S.-related issues. He Co-Chaired the U.S.-Russia Business Council and American Chamber of Commerce (Moscow) joint initiative to facilitate Russian accession to WTO.

Richard delivered the keynote address at the United Nations to open the U.N. conference addressing establishing a worldwide Sovereign Debt Restructuring framework. He frequently publishes on these subjects and recently authored “Towards a Sovereign Debt Restructuring Framework: Less is More,” which appears in Joe Stiglitz’s book Too Little, Too Late: The Quest of Resolving Sovereign Debt Crises, Columbia University Press, New York, 2016. He periodically lectures at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and Columbia University’s SIPA Center on Global Economic Governance.

Richard ran in 2010 for the Deputy Presidency of the World Chess Federation on an international ticket headed by the Twelfth World Champion Anatoly Karpov with the support of the Thirteenth World Champion Garry Kasparov and is an avid chess player. He сhairs the Advisory Committee of a non-profit organization that has already taught chess to over 4 million public school second and third graders in the U.S.

A Dartmouth College and Fordham University Law School graduate, Richard clerked for the Honorable Gordon Thompson, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. He is the co-author of Collier Labor Law and the Bankruptcy Code, M. Bender (1989).

He is also the author of The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise Your Little Angels Without Religion, Pitchstone Publishing (2018) , a book that encourages critical thinking and enhanced ethical standards. Richard is fluent in Russian and Spanish. Click here to learn more: eurasiadvisors.com.

Don’t miss it! 

Your Host: Journalist, author, and wine appreciator Hope Katz Gibbs

About the show: In “Authors Between The Covers,” we get the skinny from the professional writers who have made their dreams come true of publishing their books. Is it the fantasy they hoped it would be? For some, yes. For others, the reality of book publishing is an eye-opener that can be downright depressing. Always, it’s fascinating to hear their stories. Don’t miss it!

Learn more: To read about the dozens of authors we’ve profiled in BeInkandescent magazine, check out our Books of the Month.

Tune in every Thursday, for another episode of “Authors Between the Covers.”

Previous Episodes
Sunday, October 1st, 2023

Here Be Dragons — and Griffins and Vampires and Puppies in the newest book by Tui Sutherland, “Wings of Fire: A Guide to the Dragon World”

October 2023: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, Inkandescent® PR & Publishing Co. — If you haven’t already been sucked into Tui Sutherland’s epic Wings of Fire dragon fantasy, dive into the backstories of the ten tribes on two continents with three moons in A Guide to the Dragon World. In this title, we learn the dragons of Pyrrhia and Pantala are on a mission to develop a definitive guide to the lives and history of each tribe toldClick here to listen to the podcast!

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

Meet New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa See and discover her newest historical novel: “Lady Tan’s Circle of Women”

June 2023: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, Inkandescent PR + Publishing Co. — Hello, and welcome to this month’s episode of Authors Between the Covers Show on the Inkandescent Radio Network and Inkandescent.tv. I’m deeply honored to be here with today’s guest, Lisa See; I was introduced to this New York Times bestselling author when my longtime freelance client, Costco magazine, assigned me to write about her latest book for the June 2023 issue of The Costco Connection.Click here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, May 29th, 2023

This month on Authors Between the Covers: Meet the kids raised by the author of “The Earthbound Parent”

August 2023: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co. — Are you a parent tired of the persistent belief that your child’s moral values, ethical principles, and ability to distinguish between what is right and wrong must come from religion? Do you wonder how you can ever teach your child to think for herself in a culture that values uncritical obedience over critical consideration? Or do you fear what the future holds for your childClick here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

February 2023: This month on Authors Between the Covers we explore Jay Shetty’s 8 Rules of Love: How to find it, keep it, and let it go

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, host, Authors Between the Covers show — We begin a month of celebrating love (why reserve it for just one day?) in an interview with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jay Shetty, author of the new book: The 8 Rules of Love. “During the Coronavirus pandemic, I spent a lot of time thinking about love,” shares the award-winning storyteller, a former monk whose viral videos about peace and purpose have been viewed more thanClick here to listen to the podcast!

Friday, August 12th, 2022

Today on Authors Between the Covers: Meet award-winning teacher and author Phillip Done and learn about his new book, “The Art of Teaching Children”

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, InkandescentRadio.com: Hello and welcome to this month’s episode of the Authors Between the Covers show on the Inkandescent Radio Network. I’m Hope Katz Gibbs, host of the show and creator of the Inkandescent PR + Publishing Co., thrilled to be here with the amazing award-winning teacher and author Phillip Done! Phil is coming to us from Budapest, Hungary, and I know that you will enjoy today’s podcast interview, where he’ll share insights intoClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Celebrate International Women’s Month with the “Authors Between the Covers” show: Meet Olivia Campbell and learn about “Women in White Coats: How the first women doctors changed the world of medicine”

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, producer and founder, Inkandescent Radio — What an honor it is to interview Olivia Campbell, a journalist and author specializing in medicine and women. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The Cut, and many others.  Her new book is Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine. It is featured in the March 2022 issue of The Costco Connection. I have been writing for this monthly magazine sinceClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Always a Song: Meet Ellen Harper and Sam Barry — authors of the story of folk music revival

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, producer, Inkandescent Radio — What an honor it is to feature this new book by Ellen Harper and Sam Barry, entitled: Always a Song: Singers, Songwriters, Sinners & Saints. A collection of stories from Ellen, a singer, and songwriter, who is the folk matriarch and mother to the Grammy-winning musician Ben Harper. Ellen shares vivid memories of growing up in Los Angeles through the 1960s among famous and small-town musicians raising Ben (pictured below) and the historicClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

The January 2022 Inkandescent Publishing Spotlight is on: Stephen and Jim Gilliland, author of “Pushing Up: What 12 Months of Physical Challenges Taught Two Brothers About Connection, Leadership, and Purpose”

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, creator, Inkandescent PR + Publishing Co. — I am thrilled to host an Inkandescent interview on Sunday, Jan. 16 with authors Stephen Gilliland, a professor at Claremont Graduate University, and his brother Jim Gilliland. They have a big goal, a giant job, and a determination to keep the premise of their new book simple. “We promise to each other to do at least one exercise activity every day. It doesn’t matter if you areClick here to listen to the podcast!

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Next on our “Authors Between the Covers” show: Bestselling Author Caroline Leavitt tells us about the last 10 years of her successful career since she published, “Pictures of You”

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, executive producer and host, Inkandescent Radio — On today’s episode of Authors Between the Covers, you’ll meet New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt, a phenom in the book publishing world. We know you’ll love meeting her as much as we love knowing this truly amazing woman! Backstory: I met Caroline a decade ago when I was hired by the magazine I write for, The Costco Connection, to interview her. She had just steppedClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, November 1st, 2021

“It’s all about the harmonica,” insists musician, author, and all-around funnyman Sam Barry

Our spotlight is on: Author, musician, and all-around funnyman Sam Barry. Our hot topic: Why it’s important to write that book already! And how to keep your sense of humor—even when the proverbial poop is hitting the fan. Your host: Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher of Be Inkandescent magazine, and founder & president of The Inkandescent Group, LLC Click here to listen to the podcast. On the “I Got the Music In Me” radio show, we give voice to songbirds, andClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Don’t Miss Author Lee Woodruff’s New Novel, “Those We Love Most”

Author Lee Woodruff has just released her novel, “Those We Love Most.” The gripping story will have you fighting back the tears—and also asking how you’d handle one of life’s most unthinkable situations. Here’s the scenario: Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down,Click here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Happy 75th anniversary to Highlights for Children: If you read this magazine as a kid, check out the publication today!

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, creator, Inkandescent Radio —Happy 75th anniversary to Highlights for Children, the wonderfully engaging magazine that you likely read as a kid and probably have shared with your own children and grandchildren! This month, we had the privilege of interviewing Christine Cully, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Purpose Officer of Highlights, who talked with us about the history of this fantastic publication that has touched millions of children. Please scroll down to read our Q&A, and be sure to watch ourClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Meet Beloved Children’s Book Author Kate DiCamillo

Flora Belle Buckman is 10 years old and hates romance. She prides herself on being a natural-born cynic, and while she wants to believe in superheroes — she just can’t make herself buy into the premise. At least, that’s how she feels during the summer after 5th grade when she’s reading “The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto!” With the whoosh of a vacuum cleaner, all that changes. Flora’s neighbor, Mrs. Tickham, while using her new Ulysses Super-Suction, Multi-Terrain 2000XClick here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

In “Tangerine,” author Christine Mangan Takes Us on a Tantalizing Trip to Tangier

Hello and welcome to the Inkandescent Radio show, “Authors Between the Covers.” I’m your host, the founder of the Inkandescent Radio Network, Hope Katz Gibbs. I’m thrilled to be here today with Christine Mangan, author of Tangerine, the Hitchcockian tale of Alice Shipley and Lucy Mason — college roommates who reconnect in the Moroccan city of Tangier, 1956. Drama and intrigue ensue, and indeed this page-turner is incredibly hard to put down. In the last six months, “Tangerine” has gottenClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Hope Katz Gibbs is featured on Tyler Wagner's "Business Blast" show

It was an honor and privilege to be interviewed today by Tyler Wagner, Head Honcho @ Authorsunite.com, for his podcast show, The Business Blast. Be sure to listen to our chat by downloading the podcast now! Scroll down for a transcript of our interview. Tyler: What’s the best story from your life that has an underlying, valuable message? Hope: Oh, there are so many to choose from … my dad was a bookie, I got left at the alter, whenClick here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Author Dawn Tripp Puts “Georgia” On Our Minds

Author Dawn Tripp movingly reveals artist Georgia O’Keeffe as a woman striving to live the life she believes in in her new book, “Georgia,” an imagined story of the life of the infamous artist. The book draws readers in from page 1 as she writes: “I no longer love you as I once did, in the dazzling rush of those early days. Time itself was feverish then, our bodies filled with fire … the metallic scent of the dark room,Click here to listen to the podcast!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Daniel Brook Takes Us Back to the Future

“Every month, 5 million people move from the past to the future,” writes Daniel Brook, author of the 2013 tome, “A History of Future Cities.” “Pouring into developing-world ‘instant cities’ like Dubai and Shenzhen, these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never seen,” he explains, asking: “Do these fantastical boomtowns, where blueprints spring to life overnight on virgin land, represent the dawning of a brave new world? Or is their vauntedClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, April 13th, 2015

If you are a self-published author, you’ll want to meet IPPY’s Jim Barnes

Jim Barnes is a book editor and director of the IPPY Awards (shorthand for the Independent Publisher Book Awards) — which, for nearly two decades, have rewarded the creativity and innovation of independent authors and publishers who are “changing the face of publishing around the world.” With more than 75 subject categories, regional awards for eight US and two Canadian regions, and a spectacular awards ceremony in New York on the eve of BookExpo America, the IPPY Awards are oneClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

"Red Tent" Author Anita Diamant Scores Another Hit With "The Boston Girl"

If you missed Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent” — a book with such a strong woman protagonist and such a compelling plot that many of us devoured it — then you need to immediately add this title to your reading list. Published in 1997, it is Diamant’s first work of fiction. Inspired by a few lines from Genesis, the book became a word-of-mouth best-seller thanks to reader recommendations, book groups, and support from independent bookstores. In 2001, the Independent BooksellersClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Are You Ready to Start Your Own Happiness Project? Gretchen Rubin Shows Us the Way

Gretchen Rubin was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized that what she really wanted to be was a writer. Since then, she has written several books, including the best-selling “Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill,” and her uber-popular “The Happiness Project: Or, why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun.” Best-selling author Dan Pink said of the book, “ThisClick here to listen to the podcast!