J.R Henson is a fourth generation Paradise resident and survivor of the Camp Fire. He chats with Nancy about his third book, The Camp Fire: Dreams, Nightmares, Hopes.

His stories and poems take the reader through the reality and the notional idea of both the day of the 11-08-2018 Camp Fire, and the complexity of the weeks after by trying to find balance again in both states of mind. 

Kurt Koontz

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Author Kurt Koontz freely admits that he is not wholly guided by his spirit when he first begins to dabble in yoga. An outdoor adventurer, he enjoys the challenging physicality of the exercise, which leads him to try several different types of yoga, seeking both fitness and female company.

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Cathy Parker wears many different hats: mother, author, wife and football benefactor.


She penned 2019’s “Northern Lights: One Woman, Two Teams, and the Football Field That Changed Their Lives” to remind us about the importance of community during impossibe odds. 


Northern Lights is the true story of a football mom in Florida whose call to help a high school team in Alaska changed the lives and hearts in both her own community and one far away above the Arctic Circle.


In celebration of Valentine's Day, Nancy's Bookshelf digs into the archives and relives an episode filled with various community members stories about love.

This week, join Nancy for these stories, plus humorist Eric Miller drops by to tell us how he needs help with Valentine's Day.


Chico City Councilman Scott Huber chats with Nancy's Bookshelf about the process of his first novel, a post-apocalyptic tale of a mutated virus sweeping the globe.


After the Virus - A Surviralist's Journal details the grueling journey of survival expert Will Scott maneuvering his way outside of the quarantine zone.


In his latest work, author Jim Hasse shares a selection of connected war stories featuring his fictional alter ego “Jay Boone Hanson.”

These stories based on real experiences of a veteran provide an unflinching portrait of life before, during, and after wartime.

Warriors and Friends: Through the Eyes of His Alter-Ego, a Green Beret Unlocks Forbidden Memories of Vietnam on His Path to Healing, takes you inside the mind of a man who’s experienced the horrors of war and lived to tell the tales.


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.