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In celebration of Halloween, this week’s guest is the author and photographer Douglas Keister. He is the author of 45 books, six of them are about cemeteries including Stories in Stone: Paris. Keister explains the symbols and iconography found in cemeteries. 

About Douglas Keister

Photographer-writer Douglas Keister has authored and co-authored forty-five critically acclaimed books. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards worldwide.

This week on Cultivating Place we speak with British gardener and psychiatrist/psychotherapist Sue Stuart-Smith, whose book, "The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature", and very explicitly of gardening, explores her many years of research and findings on the physiology of the brain and the creativity and connections cultivated in the brain when gardening. 

 

In this work “of science, insight, and anecdote,” Sue demonstrates that “our understanding of nature and its restorative powers is just beginning to flower.” Listen in!

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Stephen W. King is an author and retired university dean with a life-long interest in coin history and collecting. He joined Nancy’s Bookshelf this week to speak about his latest, ‘All That Glisters Is Not Gold.”

He is the author of several non-fiction books and a writer of various articles. Born in San Francisco, he now lives with his wife of fifty-two years in Chico, California.

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Ira Glass stops by to chat about a collection of short stories titled, The New Kings of Nonfiction. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Edward Humes came to talk some trash about GARBOLOGY: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash.

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Steve Ferchaud is a published illustrator from Paradise, California. 

 

His new book, “My Name is Haley and I live in Paradise,” tells the story of a young girl journaling her adventures around the town, including the day of the Paradise Camp Fire.

 

He’s illustrated more than 35 books including, Gracie's Big Adventure: With Augustine the Beaver, Glen Robbie: A Scottish Fairy Tale, Santa's Hat, and Glen Robbie A Scottish Fairy Tale Limited Edition.

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Retired Chico coach Chuck Sheley is editor of Smokejumper Magazine and has now published a book, Smokejumpers and the CIA, which contains stories not found in history books. Starting in 1951 smokejumpers were recruited by the CIA “because they could go anywhere, anytime, and do a tough, confusing job and then keep our mouths shut.” This little-known working arrangement peaked in 1975. Also, a commentary on the November 2018 Camp Fire by Richard Parker. 

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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. She is also a critical-care registered nurse. She joins Nancy's Bookshelf to chat about her latest, EMERGENCY 24/7: Nurses of the Emergency Room.

About EMERGENCY 24/7: Nurses of the Emergency Room: Thirty-one nurses, each with a distinctive voice and unique view of what really goes on behind the closed doors of the secret and chaotic world of the emergency room.


 About Obi Kaufmann’s latest: From the author of The California Field Atlas, comes a major work that not only guides readers through the Golden State's forested lands but also presents a profoundly original vision of nature in the twenty-first century. 

 

The Forests of California features an abundance of Obi Kaufmann's signature watercolor maps and trail paintings, weaving them into an expansive and accessible exploration of the biodiversity that defines California in the global imagination. 

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It’s a triple guest day on Nancy’s Bookshelf.

Hiking guidebook author John Soares grew up near Redding. His latest book is Camp for Free: Dispersed Camping & Boondocking on America's Public Lands. He talks about why he loves dispersed camping, and how to do it safely and ethically.

 

About Brian Marshall: Raised by a band of feral authors hidden in the deep north woods, Brian Marshall was no ordinary child. Proper syntax flowed through his veins.

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Dr. Michael Greger is the author of the international best seller How Not to Die. Local author Lani Muelrath advocates combining mindfulness with a vegan diet. Commentator Richard Parker asks “What’s for Dinner?”

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