MV Bookshelf hosts first book talk of the year

Author Kim Scott discusses her journey as an author



Author Kim Scott answers a question from the audience.

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Bestselling author Kim Scott gave an author talk on Oct. 27 during lunch after being invited by MV Bookshelf to talk about her NYT bestselling book “Radical Candor,” which gives tips on effective business management.  Scott gave a presentation on her book, and then answered questions from the audience. During her presentation, Scott talked about navigating challenges in professional settings such as workplace biases, prejudices and bullying. Afterward, students asked Scott about her publishing journey and writing inspiration. 

Scott drew inspiration for “Radical Candor” from her experiences working in a consulting firm and as a personal coach for business executives. Although Scott didn’t write “Radical Candor” with the intention of publishing it, she wanted to find a way to compile all her personal coaching lessons in one place. After reading the compilation of lessons, a friend encouraged her to send her manuscript to a publisher, where it was accepted and published by St. Martin’s Press in 2017.

Besides “Radical Candor” and her other business management book “Just Work,” Scott has published three novels that critique various aspects of society, like capitalism and traditional gender roles. She is currently working on her sixth book. 

Scott says she was thrilled when MV Bookshelf asked her to speak at the club, recalling speakers who inspired her when she was in school and wanting to “pay it forward.” 

“I want to come and encourage other people who want to become writers,” Scott said. “I hope that [students] will gain confidence and also give themselves the freedom to find their own voices.”