Nancy Wiegman

Host, Nancy's Bookshelf

Nancy Wiegman has a master's degree in French linguistics from Indiana University and taught yoga and foreign languages at CSU Fresno and the College of Charleston before moving to Chico in 1990.

For seven years she acted and danced in productions such as Singin' in the Rain, Mary Poppins, The Real Inspector Hound, Biloxi Blues, and Steel Magnolias.

In 1999, Nancy was named Outstanding Woman of Chico and received a Maggie Award in 2002.

She directs the yoga program at Chico Sports Club and has been teaching yoga there since 1994.

She became a classical announcer at KCHO in 1990 and often hosted the hourlong call-in show "I-5 LIVE!" on North State Public Radio, occasionally Weekend Showcase, and started Nancy's Bookshelf in July of 2007 after producing a series of four-minutes spots called "Health Desk," which aired during All Things Considered.

Nancy is also a certified pilgrim, having walked sections of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and France many times beginning in 2005.

 

In her career as a humorist, former Miss North Carolina Jeanne Robertson has written three books encouraging all of us to develop our sense of humor. Also, local humorist Eric Miller will be dropping by before co-hosting Butte County's 11th annual Trivia Bee. This week join Nancy for stories from two writers who see the humorous side of life.

On a special Veterans' Day edition of Nancy's Bookshelf, Oroville native Marianne Aleck traces the history of her French mother and Greek father in her memoir, The Liberty Club. This week join Nancy for World War II stories from both a soldier's perspective and those who were under German rule.

In this week of the Day of the Dead, award-winning author Pam Houston describes a sky burial she witnessed in Tibet. In her new book, The Mindful Vegan, local author and meditation teacher Lani Muelrath urges us to make mindful food choices.

Redding author Steve Westall takes us to a tropical paradise of love and joy in his novel New Hope Island. In his book, Garbology, author Ed Humes tells the story of local company Chico Bag, and writes about an island of 38 million pieces of plastic garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean. This week, join Nancy for conversations about two very different islands.

The Redding Civic Auditorium is featuring “A Night With Janis Joplin” this Sunday.  Local author Laura Joplin wrote a book about her famous sister, Love, Janis. This week join Nancy for a look back at the life of rock icon Janis Joplin, plus a conversation with noted astronomer Tyler Nordgren, author of Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matt Richtel wrote A Deadly Wandering, a nonfiction narrative that was selected as this year's Book in Common. It is a mystery and a landmark investigation that explores the science of attention in the digital age. This week join Nancy for a conversation with a reporter who is coming to Laxson Auditorium on the Chico State campus on October 24th.

In the fall of 1972 an improbably victory put young attorney Sam Nunn in the US Senate. His Press Secretary was fellow Georgian Roland McElroy, who has now written a memoir of his years of working with Sam Nunn. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of The Best President the Nation Never Had.

This weekend, Paradise playwright, actor and poet Craig Heath will be among those enjoying the Renaissance Faire in Grass Valley. He was inspired by Shakespeare to write a short Commedia dell'Arte play, The Shaming of the Rake. This week join Nancy for scenes from this play and also poems from Craig's book, The End of an Ordinary Life.

Retired biology professor Raymond Barnett has just finished his seventh book, The Death of Mycroft: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret of D-Day. This week join Nancy for a new Holmes mystery, and also the ancient Chinese way of living known as Taoism in Professor Barnett's previous book, Relax, You're Already Home.

Most Californians know little of California's experience during the Civil War. Author Richard Hurley delved into the home front activities during the nation's bloodiest war, and chronicles the adventures of the brave men who fought far from home. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of California and the Civil War.

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