Nancy's Bookshelf

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects. Nancy's Bookshelf airs Fridays at 10 a.m.


Melina Semphill Watt’s debut novel, “Tree,” is about a California Live Oak narrated by the tree itself. The novel uses magical realism as a key to access the emotions of the species that share one pristine valley in Topanga, California. Grass, birds, other trees and animals come to life in this book.

The author’s work has appeared in Sierra Magazine, the New York Times, Earth Island Journal and Sunset Magazine. Watts began her career in Hollywood as a development executive, writing consultant and story analyst working for such luminaries Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Peter Horton and at Dreamworks. Watts graduated from UCLA with a degree in history. She lives in California.

“Executive Directive 51,” signed by President George W. Bush on May 4, 2007, establishes a policy on the continuity of government structures in the event of a “catastrophic emergency.”

Professional photographer Michael Agliolo has written his second book of fiction, a thriller called “The 51st Directive.”


Political activist and Berkeley scholar Tony Platt is an authority in the field of criminal justice whose latest book is “Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States.”

In “33 Years and Counting”, Richard Parker looks at when he was first asked to write commentary for what was at the time KCHO.

Nancy's Bookshelf: Rob Davidson & Debby Dodds

Apr 3, 2019

Award-winning author Rob Davidson teaches creative writing and American literature at California State University Chico. He has published five books including “Spectators: Flash Fictions”.

His newest book, “What Some Would Call Lies”, consists of two novellas.

Author and actress Debby Dodds is a presenter at Butte College’s 2019 creative writing conference, WordSpring.  Debby did weekly improv comedy and has now written a young adult novel, “Amish Guys Don’t Call”.

Not having children is on the rise, yet being childless is a subject not much talked about. Lisette Schuitemaker celebrates those who are brave enough to follow the lesser known path of non-parenting. Her book, "Childless Living: The Joys and Challenges of Life without Children" is a resource for everyone who has not gone the way of parenthood and for all those who are still contemplating this is essential life choice.

Memoirist Brian Kraemer views 20-year seasons of life like seasons of the year. In his latest book, “Spring, the First Twenty Years: My Memoirs”, he recounts his experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder. Read the synopsis below.

We are living stories, being written moment by moment, experience by experience, each of us, a book written without effort. Every thought, word, action, and intention, conscious and unconscious, fills our pages.

The University of Arizona Press




This year’s Book in Common is the account of a plane crash in 1948 that claimed the lives of 28 Mexican farmworkers who were being deported by the US government. The documentary novel is by poet and performer Tim Z. Hernandez.


Professor Elaine Howard Ecklund recently took part in a Science and Religion Conference at Chico State University. She is a professor of sociology at Rice University whose research uses social scientific methods to explore the public relationship between science and religion.

Former journalist Robb Lightfoot wrote 44 humorous stories about country living in Northern California.  

Another former journalist from Redding wrote a trilogy about walking around the Mediterranean and has marketing tips for fellow writers.

Jean Louise Green is author of Structural Integration and Energy Medicine, an illustrated guide to the structural  Integration bodywork process, also known as Rolfing, and the relationship between body alignment and energy flow.