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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Navy veteran Dennis Wilson now lives in Chico, he grew up in a small Midwestern town in the 1940s and '50s. After he graduated high school he joined the Navy, married his high school sweetheart, and completed college in California. He was a teacher, counselor, and high school principal for 30 years. Throughout his life he enjoyed telling stories of life as a kid in the 1950s small town of Kasson, Minnesota, and has now written a memoir titled "We Had No Fences."

Actor and poet David Gonzalez writes, performs, and produces shows for all ages. He was invited by Chico Performances to teach a writing class for older adults in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on the Chico State campus, and to work with Hamilton City Elementary and Rosedale Elementary school students, in addition to a Field Trip performance in Laxson Auditorium.  David is a Joseph Campbell Foundation Fellow; he received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from International Performing Arts for Youth; and a Drama Desk Nomination for "Unique Theatrical Experience."    


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Chico resident Sylvia Bowersox is an Army veteran who first went to Iraq in 2003 as a broadcast journalist. Her book of prose and poetry, "Triggers," is based on her three tours of duty there. Members of Sylvia's band, The People You Die With, join her in the studio.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh grew up in Chico, attended Chico High School, and then won a scholarship to study art at Stanford University. Her debut novel, The Language of Flowers, was on the New York Times bestseller list for 69 weeks. It was translated into over 40 languages, and there are nearly one million copies in print.  It sparked interest in the foster care system.