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Q&A: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Turning Routine Meetings Into Memorable Events Like many others, I’m celebrating Mother’s Day with my family this weekend. The following weekend, I’m attending a significant birthday party. Priya Parker would have strong opinions about these events. In “The Art of Gathering,” she sets out to invigorate the way we meet — at birthdays, weddings, funerals, negotiation tables and elsewhere. Trained in conflict resolution, Ms. Parker has worked on issues including the fate of NGOs in Zimbabwe and the peace process in the Middle East. On a more personal level, she has helped friends with questions about how to sit shiva or throw a dinner party...

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