Nancy Wiegman

Host, Nancy's Bookshelf

Nancy Wiegman has a master's degree in French linguistics from Indiana University and taught yoga and foreign languages at CSU Fresno and the College of Charleston before moving to Chico in 1990.

For seven years she acted and danced in productions such as Singin' in the Rain, Mary Poppins, The Real Inspector Hound, Biloxi Blues, and Steel Magnolias.

In 1999, Nancy was named Outstanding Woman of Chico and received a Maggie Award in 2002.

She directed the yoga program at Chico Sports Club and has been teaching yoga there since 1994.

She became a classical announcer at KCHO in 1990 and often hosted the hourlong call-in show "I-5 LIVE!" on North State Public Radio, occasionally Weekend Showcase, and started Nancy's Bookshelf in July of 2007 after producing a series of four-minutes spots called "Health Desk," which aired during All Things Considered.

Nancy is also a certified pilgrim, having walked sections of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and France many times beginning in 2005.


Eric Deggans is NPR's first full-time TV critic. His work, "Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation," explores how prejudice, racism, and sexism fuels some elements of modern media, was published in October 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. 

A journalist for over two decades, Deggans spent time at the Tampa Bay Times in various roles and has also contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Village Voice.


Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist and author. She was one of the very first female sports columnists in the country and has covered every major sporting event.


Her accolades include thirteen Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, the National Headliner Award, and the Women's Sports Foundation's Journalism Award by the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women. 


Author Bonnie Pipkin is celebrating the possibility of her novel Aftercare Instructionsheading to television. Originally from California, she has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, was a teacher of literature courses at Kean University, and officiates weddings. Aftercare Instructions is Bonnie’s first novel.


Her novel takes place over the course of a week, starting with the day Genesis and her boyfriend Peter go to a Planned Parenthood in New York City for a procedure. 

This year has been a difficult one for many of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our way of life. However, some things remain the same. Getting lost in another world, thanks to a book is one of them.

As the year 2020 comes to a close, Nancy Wiegman and Chico Enterprise-Record Columnist Dan Barnett review this year’s selection of great books. 





Dr. Kim Bloomer is a certified animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness.

She is the author of three books including Animals Taught Me That: Memoirs of My Life from Cradle to Present on the Life Lessons Learned Through the Animals Who've Graced It.

Ann Vileisis

Environmental historian Ann Vileisis is an award-winning author with three books that explore our human relationship with nature, food, and the environment through history.


The author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back and Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of America's Wetlands, which won awards from the American Historical Association and the American Society for Environmental History.

Dr. Kathleen Gabriel is a native Chicoan and graduate of Chico State. She is currently an Associates Professor at the university and has authored various books and articles on underrepresented students.

Gabriel carries a passion for history, her new book, Chico History: 1905-1971 Featuring the Bartlett Drug Company is her second publication on Chico history. The book primarily focuses on the 20th century, a small pharmacy business, and the growth and development of downtown Chico.


Author Echo Heron is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. Born in Troy, New York, her work tackles many genres, including fiction, mysteries, and historical fiction.

The author chats with Nancy's Bookshelf  about her latest book, NOON AT TIFFANY'S an historical, biographical novel.

Artist Michelle Ott grew up in Minnesota and holds a Master of Fine Arts for UC Berkely. A team member at The Bookstore in Chico, Calif., she is also the artist and resident at the Gateway Science Museum.

Ott creates Illustrations and handcut photographs that focus on the observations of our physical and social world. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally.

Flying Free is an exhilarating memoir about fear and the trials and tribulations that come with it. The story explores how Author Cecilia Aragon used math to overcome her fears to become a celebrated aerobatic champion. Today, she visits Nancy’s Bookshelf to share details on how she became the first Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team.

About Cecilia Aragon:

Cecilia Aragon is the Seattle author of Flying Free (Blackstone Publishing, 2020), a memoir of her journey from fearful child to airshow pilot. She overcame her fears to become an aerobatic champion and then used what she learned from flying to achieve her goals in life.