JUNE 2014 |  Author and Philosopher Marietta McCarty


IN THE NEWS | Marietta appears on NPR, more
"Talking with Marietta is always GREAT fun. And reading this book is almost as much of a joy as having her in the room with you. If you like ideas and you like food, you are holding in your hands an ideal companion."
Tom Graham, on The Philosopher's Table
NPR talk show host, WMRA, "Virginia Insight"

ON THE RADIO: Marietta joined host Tom Graham on Virginia Insight on National Public Radio(NPR) on April 14, 2014, to discuss The Philosopher's Table and to explore imaginative ways diners are discovering for breaking bread over good conversation. 

IN PRINT: Marietta was featured in Energy Times in the article "The Value of Banter for Brunch: Socializing and Conversation as Nourishing Elements at The Table." 

IN THE NEWS: Marietta introduced fellow author and friend Andrew D. Kaufman for his book release event at the New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville. Kaufman's book Give War and Peace Chance was recently featured on the Katie national syndicated talk show. 

BLOG | From The Philosopher's Desk

My friend and neighbor Blue O'Connell loves music, animals, nature (especially trees), and friends. A few years ago, she traded a job with financial benefits for one with other kinds of perks: writing and playing music at schools, nursing homes, hospitals, parties, just about any place. She patches jobs together to make ends meet. Recently Blue bought happiness for herself and for countless others by giving a valuable possession away. The post What Money Can't Buy appeared first on Marietta McCarty....


An old gum tree served for over twenty years as an expansive umbrella at my home, its branches enveloping festive occasions as well as hours of restful sitting. Feet hopped gingerly on and off its countless gumballs. Having been a planter of trees all my life, I was sorely saddened when this dear one (any one, actually, is dear) came to the end of its days. What to do, other than leave home and not watch as it came down, bit by bit? It stood in the midst of a garden, quite near a bushy acuba started for me as a seedling by my aunt, ruling out grinding the stump. This video captures the sweet gum's new life, carved out by a master carpenter who is a good friend. I supplied him with adjectives as hints-"light, airy, moving, sinewy, simple," and he smiled, nodded, and.... The post A Fallen Tree Stands Tall appeared first on Marietta McCarty. ...

UPCOMING EVENTS | Meet with Marietta 
NEW VENUE! Join Marietta at Champion Brewery in August 
August 10  |  5-7 p.m. 
Charlottesville, VA 


Marietta toasts August in Kentucky and its topic in The Philosopher's Table: "What About Love?" at this popular local craft brewery. 
Her interactive talk will begin at 5:30 and ongoing conversations can spill outside to picnic tables or continue indoors. South Fork Food Truck will offer tasty southern comfort food. 
Champion is located at 324 6th Street SE. Plenty of parking is available in adjacent lots as well as on the street. 
Marietta's three books will be available for sale and signing.


Summer Workshops
Small Class Sizes - Register Today!

Monday & Tuesday, July 7-8 
Wednesday & Thursday, July 9-10 
Forest Lakes South 
Charlottesville, VA

Join the author of Little Big Minds, Marietta McCarty, in Charlottesville in July, to learn more about her approach as she models her teaching style in sharing philosophy with children.

McCarty is the author of national bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, Nautilus Award winner, How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: Ten Ideas That Matter Most and, The Philosopher's Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club - Monthly Conversation, Music, and Recipes.

McCarty's conviction that child philosophers will grow up to work lovingly for peace is the inspiration for her ongoing work with educators. She has brought philosophy to children in rural, suburban, and city schools in the central Virginia area for over twenty years as well as schools around the country. Her teaching rings with laughter and enthusiasm.

While Marietta speaks at schools to faculty, staff, parents, and children, this time she welcomes you to her home turf in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

A Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate in philosophy from Hollins College, she was inducted into the Hollins Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. She received her Master's in Philosophy from the University of Virginia.

Save the Dates!


July 7-10: Summer Workshops - Learn Marietta's approach as she models her teaching style in sharing philosophy with children, Forest Lakes South, Charlottesville, VA. Registration required.


7/26: The Philosopher's Lunch Table, 1-3 p.m., Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar, Charlottesville, VA. Registration required.

8/23: What is Love? discussion, Author's Luncheon and Book Signing, noon - 2 :30 p.m., Stone Soup Books, Waynesboro, VA. Registration required.


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Word on the Street

"I am blown away by your approach of sharing philosophy with children. What a natural you are. I just finished reading your book "Little Big Minds" after "accidentally" finding it at my local library ... what a find ... I look forward to returning over and over to your teaching approach in "Little Big Minds." We have had many philosophical conversations about what is important for the education of her daughters ... Your ideas provide a whole treasure chest of ideas to continue our journey. Thank you. I am so glad to have found your wisdom."

Nancy Cleckner,
St. Charles, Illinois
(Received 5/6/14) 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Meet Marietta McCarty
Marietta McCarty is the author of bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, Nautilus Award winner How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most, and The Philosopher's Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club-Monthly Conversation, Music, and Recipes.

Marietta enjoyed lively philosophy circles among her college students at Piedmont Virginia Community College for twenty-eight years before setting off on her career as an author. Her books lead her into new circles of fledgling philosophers of all ages-on playgrounds, in dining rooms, through back doors into kitchens, through front doors into libraries and restaurants, at business meetings and after-work parties.