Nancy's Bookshelf

Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects.

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On this episode of Nancy's Bookshelf:

  • Chico playwright and novelist Emily Gallo wrote "The Columbarium" as a sequel to her first novel, "Venice Beach." The Columbarium is an architectural feature of San Francisco that houses cremated ashes in 5,000 niches. The novel's protagonist is a Jonestown survivor who takes a job fixing up the Columbarium.
  • Pat Macias, president of the board of the Museum of Northern California Art, gives the history and future plans for MONCA and describes an upcoming fundraiser which will feature a book signing by Emily Gallo. The theme is "Structures."

On this episode of Nancy's Bookshelf, we hear from Red Bluff author and anthropologist Mardith Schuetz-Miller, who writes about the application of geometry to sacred building. She talks about archeology, architecture, and an interdisciplinary approach to finding answers to questions about ancient culture.


Claire Altheuser is a peer leader for Osher lifelong learning Institute on the Chico State campus. She has loved books and reading for eight decades and especially enjoys historical fiction. The class she teaches is called "History Through Mystery" and the reading list includes stories from 7th century Ireland, 15th century England, and 16th century Japan.

The John Z. DeLorean drug trial ruled the headlines of newspapers worldwide. The case commanded the attention of the highest levels of the FBI, DEA, CIA, IRS, DOJ, Attorney General's office, Interpol, Number 10 Downing St., and the White House. The defendants were John DeLorean, creator of the DeLorean motor car, Morgan Hetrick, a Texas maverick who claimed to be the number one cocaine smuggler on the west coast, and Stephen Arrington, a US Navy bomb disposal frogman, pilot, and author of this book.

Paradise trainer Michelle Hastie had tried to lose weight by diet and exercise. During forced inactivity due to a car accident, Michelle was surprised to discover that she lost weight. She urges readers (and their families and friends) who want to lose weight to shift their thinking. She says "Eat what you want."

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Christy Largent cohosts "The Forum" on KIXE-TV from Redding. She wrote this book to help women speak easily with confidence and style. She gives specific ways women can improve communication skills to get the results they want. Her book offers "encouraging words to help you speak your truth with confidence." She also offers advice on "unsolicited advice."

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Butte college philosophy professor Dan Barnett writes the weekly Biblio File column for the Chico Enterprise-Record. He discusses books by local writers in the past year: children's books, novels, and books on local history. For example, Dennis Wilson, Johanne Carreau, Nancy Leek, Roger and Helen Ekins, Jan Condon, Ric Machuga, Valene Smith, George Keithley, among many others.

In this special Christmas Day edition of Nancy's Bookshelf, Nancy talked to two guests. 

First to Lynn Elliott, author of The Story of Another Child's Christmas in Wales, and then to award-winning singer-songwriter John Klezmer, a student at California State University, Chico.

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Peggy Jennings-Severe has a Masters degree in psychology and was a student services administrator at Butte College before retiring. She wrote her first book, Life Talks — A Guide to Bringing Back Conversation to help people create more loving and meaningful relationships.

The first two editions of this history-based trail guide were best sellers at the local bookstore in 2013 and 2014. This revised edition has more wildflowers and more information, including 17 new local hiking trails. The Ekins' book gives detailed descriptions of local trails for hikers, including photographs and information about the natural and human history that has shaped the Paradise Ridge.