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.

 

London-born award winning novelist, playwright, and poet Fred D'Aguiar was raised in Guyana until the age of 12. His novel "Children of Paradise" is based on the facts of Jonestown, Jim Jones's utopian commune in Guyana. The novel was reviewed in the Sunday New York Times on March 9, 2014.

Sociology professor Tony Waters uses sociological explanations to describe how the school system in the United States developed and why reform is a constant. His book describes the persistence of educational inequality, child development, and the nature of bureaucracy.

In 1966 psychologist Ken Holden was hired as a consultant to help gubernatorial candidate Ronald Reagan improve his speech-making skills. He and a fellow clinical psychologist spent three days with Reagan away from the press and the candidate's "handlers" getting to know the future president and coaching him.

Local author Erin Lindsay McCabe was inspired by the letters of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, a private in the 153rd New York State Volunteers, a woman who fought in the Civil War dressed as a man. The author created a fictional character, Rosetta Wakefield, who follows her husband Jeremiah into battle. In researching her historical novel, Erin McCabe visited battlefields such as Antietam.

Durham resident Frank Fox was born in Oklahoma where times were hard during the days of the Dust Bowl. He was an orphan and his life had many ups and downs over the years, but through it all he felt protected by God as if inside a bubble. In 1949 he married his wife Juanita and they have shared a life together for 65 years.

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.

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