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Jane Pauley

The Authors LIVE! series, presented by Friends of the SMU Libraries in partnership with the Friends of the Highland Park Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC), continued this spring with a discussion and book signing by Jane Pauley in January. More than 900 people filled Wesley Hall at HPUMC to hear about Pauley's "second act" segments for NBC's "TODAY" show and the book they inspired, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life. Pauley started out as a news reporter in 1975 and is best known for her 13-year run as co-anchor of "TODAY," followed by 12 years as co-host of "Dateline NBC." She spoke candidly about having to scale back public appearances – she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which she says is exacerbated by fatigue – and trying to find new purpose when her solo career as a daytime talk show host fizzled after a year in 2004. She says she has come to the realization that "reimagining your life isn't necessarily about doing something different; it's about becoming the person you want to be." Other speakers featured in February and March were Nancy Horan (Under the Wide and Starry Sky), Sue Monk Kidd (The Invention of Wings), Kelly Corrigan (Glitter and Glue) and Ross King (Leonardo and the Last Supper).