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.


Part diary, part travelogue, A Million Steps is a journey within a journey. After retiring from his job as a sales executive with a technology company, Kurt Koontz walked nearly 500 miles across Spain to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. While following the yellow arrows that mark the pilgrimage route, he also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery, and love. He embraces the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to other pilgrims from around the world.

Dan Barnett, book reviewer for the Chico Enterprise-Record whose "Biblio File" column appears in the Sunday Arts section, is Nancy's guest as they discuss 2013 local authors like Douglas Keister, Dick Cory, John Rudderow, Zigrid Vidners, Jay Fuller, and others.

Lori Jean Phipps writes books for big kids and little kids. In one of her books, she recorded what her day is like as a preschool teacher in Orland, California. In "Get It?" she records the words of the children themselves. "Tis the Season to be Molly" is one of her books for children that she illustrated herself.

Activist, writer, and teacher Brenda Hillman's new collection has been nominated for a National Book Award. This work concludes a four-book series exploring earth, air, water, and fire.

Chico shaman Victoria Hunt studied metaphysics and earth spirituality for over 20 years and especially Celtic spirituality. She says when we simply take a walk in nature, we can travel into "Faery" and bring wisdom from that consciousness to help make things better for everyone on this planet. Her book describes elementals (earth, water, fire, and air spirits), gnomes, elves, sylphs, as well as the significance of solstice and equinox; and why we should leave some part of Bidwell Park wild.

Peace activist James Douglass tediously researched previously unreleased documents from the 1960s and came up with startling conclusions about the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Peggy Jennings-Severe is a student services administrator at Butte College who wrote her book to help people create more loving and meaningful relationships by providing questions and activities to expand and deepen conversation at family gatherings, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays.

This is a continuation of Zigrid Vidners's first book, "I Grew Up in Latvia." She was a refugee from her home country during the Second World War who escaped Stalin's troops by fleeing to Germany. After the war she had the opportunity to to go England to work in a hospital. A lot changed when she met a young Latvian man Ed Vidners.