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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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.


Grass Valley author, scriptwriter, and comedienne Chris Enss has written more than 30 books about women of the Old West. In "Tales Behind the Tombstones," she writes the touching, exciting, and tragic stories of Western legends like Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody — but also of Mrs. George Custer and pioneer Nancy Kelsey who crossed the Sierra Nevada in John Bidwell's party as a barefoot teenager with a baby.


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Paradise resident Garth Nielsen, author of The Odyssey of a Spiritual Nomad, put together a collection of short stories, thoughts, observations, and impressions about traditional Native Americans that he has known and the landscapes they inhabit. He is a member of the newly chartered North State Writers Club which meets monthly 6-8PM on the third Monday at the Chico library.

Peggy Jennings-Severe has a master's 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. 

Thirty years ago, Chico State professor Denise Minor thought she wanted to be a writer, but while in Spain discovered a passion for teaching. She went on to get a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics, become a trainer of future Spanish teachers, and coauthor a book about language teaching called "On Being A Language Teacher."


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.