169 – Dani Shapiro: Best Selling Author of “Devotion” & “Slow Motion”

dani-shapiroDani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History.

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Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”.ep426-own-sss-dani-shapiro-3-318x408-233x300

Dani was recently Oprah Winfrey’s guest on”Super Soul Sunday,” and was chosen by Arianna Huffington to speak at the New York City “Thrive” conference.

She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University; she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

A contributing editor at Travel + Leisure, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Her latest book is, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.

In this interview we primarily discuss her book Devotion and how we as leaders and human beings can successfully deal with fear, uncertainty, and the inevitable loss that all of us experience.

For Dani it’s all about taking action; it’s not about thinking, or wishing, or contemplating.  It’s not about staring into space and succumbing to dismay.  Doing is what is necessary; action has magic, grace, & power.

I couldn’t agree with her more; this is a very powerful and insightful conversation with one of the great modern day writers.  I hope you take a listen.

Check out Dani’s Website: danishapiro.com

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