In her coffee table book, Special Delivery, Marcia Myers traces the history of the postal service from Pony Express, air mail, mailboxes, stamps, famous pen pals, and the Newspaper editor's reply, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."
Physicist Paul Wallace is also a minister and believes that science and religion can coexist. He is author of Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos. Local author Greg Cootsona is a member of the Chico Triad, a discussion group on philosophy, theology, and science. He teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Chico State.
Storyteller Fred Setterberg helps us remember California's time of innocence and boom after World War II. He writes about the lives of his parents and the postwar dreams of a working class California suburb in Lunch Bucket Paradise: A True-Life Novel.
Retired dentist Mike Paull heard stories at a small airport diner called the Sky Kitchen Cafe in San Carlos, California, where local pilots gathered to exchange friendship and conversation. He tells twelve of these stories in Tales From the Sky Kitchen Cafe.
After working at Microsoft and Amazon in Seattle, Stanislav Fritz left the corporate world to write and create small press in Redding, New Libri Press. Author and publisher Stasha Fritz talks about the state of the publishing industry today. From north of Redding, Shane Weissman, AKA "Professor Shane," recites from his collection of Nifty Nursery Rhymes and Twisted Tales including "Voice Mail", "Computer Reboot", and "Captain Kirk".
When Jonna Doolittle Hoppes was researching a biography she wrote about her famous grandfather, World War II hero General Jimmy Doolittle, she encountered many stories of ordinary "heroes" who said they were Just Doing My Job.
Willows author Dan Roach was a platoon leader during the Vietnam war and wrote about his experiences in Gifts of War: Once Upon a Rice Paddy. Dan continues to be touched by that war. For example, receiving a call from the widow of a soldier killed in his platoon who wanted information about her husband's death 45 years later.
Chico author Judi Loren Grace got pregnant as a teenager and was sent away to a home for unwed mothers. She recounts her experiences in a memoir, The Third Floor. Judi's fourth book is a novel, Meadowlark. The main character lives in Dunsmuir where she raises a child of abusive parents. Plus a reading by humorist and author David Sedaris.
Baseball fans are watching the World Series this week, and probably think they know the rules. In his book, Baseball Rules in Black and White, Willows author and baseball umpire James Bettencourt explains rules that even baseball players and coaches sometimes misunderstand. For fans of classic movies, Redding native Kendra Bean has written a biography of actress Vivien Leigh and her husband Lawrence Olivier. The title of her book is Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait.