Nancy's Bookshelf

Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects. Co-produced by Nolan Ford, Nancy's Bookshelf airs Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

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Chico author Ken Holden's memoir details the shaping of the future president by serving as his communication coach when Reagan was campaigning for governor of California in 1966. 

Pamela Johnson's story is set in the Haight-Ashbury and Berkeley where she was an anthropology student in the mid 1960s. The story is fiction, but based on the author's own experiences.

Helga Ruge, who passed away on January 25, 2016, was a long-time supporter of the arts in Chico and especially the North State Symphony. This is a rebroadcast of her interviews on Nancy's Bookshelf. At the end of the hour, Chico Enterprise-Record book reviewer Dan Barnett says a few words about e-newsletters. 

Mattie Celi by M. Elizabeth Schaefer 

This novel about a child in foster care is loosely based on Mary Schaefer's life as a foster child in Southern California. Mary's careers have included beautician, singer/keyboard player, and radio personality. Now retired from the Department of Defense Naval Engineering Station and living in Stirling City, she took writing courses and wrote her first novel. She reads selections from her book like the scene with a creepy foster mother who had a mysterious green door inside her house that was kept locked.

Margaritifer Basin by Greg Gates

Red Bluff author Greg Gates has an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He spent 15 years in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer and is a Vietnam veteran. He now spends his time writing, and has published the first of three Margaritifer Basin novels. Margaritifer Basin is a science fiction novel that chronicles the settlement of the planet Mars.

The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker's Guide to Growing Older by Robert Weber 

Dr. Weber is a former Jesuit who is now a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is coauthor of The Spirituality of Age, a compassionate guide to transforming aging into spiritual growth.

Creative Schools: A Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education by Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson lived and worked in England before moving to the United States in 2001. He urges schools and colleges everywhere to rethink their basic assumptions about intelligence and achievement. He asks: Why is it essential to promote creativity? Can creativity be developed? If so, how? He says education wastes more talent than it saves, and makes suggestions as to what schools and colleges should do.

On this episode of Nancy's Bookshelf:

  • Chico playwright and novelist Emily Gallo wrote "The Columbarium" as a sequel to her first novel, "Venice Beach." The Columbarium is an architectural feature of San Francisco that houses cremated ashes in 5,000 niches. The novel's protagonist is a Jonestown survivor who takes a job fixing up the Columbarium.
  • Pat Macias, president of the board of the Museum of Northern California Art, gives the history and future plans for MONCA and describes an upcoming fundraiser which will feature a book signing by Emily Gallo. The theme is "Structures."

On this episode of Nancy's Bookshelf, we hear from Red Bluff author and anthropologist Mardith Schuetz-Miller, who writes about the application of geometry to sacred building. She talks about archeology, architecture, and an interdisciplinary approach to finding answers to questions about ancient culture.


Claire Altheuser is a peer leader for Osher lifelong learning Institute on the Chico State campus. She has loved books and reading for eight decades and especially enjoys historical fiction. The class she teaches is called "History Through Mystery" and the reading list includes stories from 7th century Ireland, 15th century England, and 16th century Japan.

The John Z. DeLorean drug trial ruled the headlines of newspapers worldwide. The case commanded the attention of the highest levels of the FBI, DEA, CIA, IRS, DOJ, Attorney General's office, Interpol, Number 10 Downing St., and the White House. The defendants were John DeLorean, creator of the DeLorean motor car, Morgan Hetrick, a Texas maverick who claimed to be the number one cocaine smuggler on the west coast, and Stephen Arrington, a US Navy bomb disposal frogman, pilot, and author of this book.

Paradise trainer Michelle Hastie had tried to lose weight by diet and exercise. During forced inactivity due to a car accident, Michelle was surprised to discover that she lost weight. She urges readers (and their families and friends) who want to lose weight to shift their thinking. She says "Eat what you want."

Photo by Nolan Ford


Christy Largent cohosts "The Forum" on KIXE-TV from Redding. She wrote this book to help women speak easily with confidence and style. She gives specific ways women can improve communication skills to get the results they want. Her book offers "encouraging words to help you speak your truth with confidence." She also offers advice on "unsolicited advice."