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Booklovers’ Cafe – Dott Kelly, Being Found

(Airdate: August 29, 2023) Dott Kelly is a long-time resident of Port Townsend, a child therapist, and most recently the author of an important new book, Being Found: Healing the Very Young through Relationship and Play Therapy. In 1999, Dott founded Jumping Mouse Children’s Center here in Port Townsend, which focuses on providing therapy and treatment for children ages 2-1/2 through 12 who have suffered trauma. At Jumping Mouse, she has trained and supervised over 60 therapists. Now she has published a book on her approach so that others in the profession can gain critical insight into these very difficult situations and help families develop a positive pathway forward.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Tim McNulty, Old Growth

(Airdate: August 15, 2023) Cris Wilson talks to Olympic Peninsula poet and friend of Poet Mike O’Connor, Tim McNulty about the recently published poetry collection, Old Growth. Mike was the author of twelve books of poetry, stories and translations from the Chinese. The poems celebrate living simply, holding friends close, and honoring the earth. These lyric poems are of a special place we know and the place we don’t know.

Nielson Taylor – Being Human

(Reprise airdate: August 1, 2023) Host Cris Wilson talks to C. Nielson Taylor, author of Being Human, a young adult novel of a child raised by animals in the forest.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Jennifer Gold, Halfway to You

(Airdate: July 18, 2023) Cris welcomes back up-and-coming Pacific Northwest author Jennifer Gold. They will be talking about her latest novel Halfway to You. This book addresses the themes of betrayal and forgiveness mixed with emotional and physical distance. A love affair that spans a lifetime and set in Paris, Greece, Rome, and the South Pacific as well as right here in the Salish Sea. Jennifer has won awards for her discussable book club fiction. Her past work includes The Ingredients of Us and Keep Me Afloat.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Erica Bauermeister, No Two Persons

(Airdate: June 20, 2023) Booklover’s Cafe welcomes back New York Times bestselling author, Erica Bauermeister.  Her latest novel, No Two Persons, is definitely a Cris Pick! This story involves a single book read over the course of ten years by nine different people. How these people react and are influenced by the book is the concept. Unique and intriguing people, a variety of original settings and the way that these characters are tangentially connected make this book one of Erica’s best. “Wandering is a gift given only to the lost” Erica is also the author of “The Scent Keeper and House Lessons”.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Rebekah Anderson, The Grand Promise

(Airdate: May 23, 2023) Rebecca Anderson comes to Booklovers’ Cafe to introduce her new historical novel The Great Promise. This book was inspired by Rebecca’s family and stories about life in Eastern Washington during the building of the Grand Coulee Dam during the depression years of the mid thirties. “A great read from characters to description and authenticity throughout.”

Booklovers’ Cafe – Bryn Nelson, Flush

(Airdate: April 25, 2023) Cris talks science and finds out what poo can do for you from author and microbiologist Bryn Nelson, PhD The book is titled Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure. There are many aha moments as Bryn addresses human health concerns as well as the benefits of recycling and reusing human waste as we face together a need to rapidly change the way we live to preserve our planet. If you enjoy the work of Mary Roach then this book is for you. Cris thanks Port Townsend advocate Carol McCreary of PHLUSH: Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human for introducing her to Bryn Nelson.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Lesley Hazleton, The First Muslim

(Airdate: April 11, 2023) Cris welcomes Lesley Hazelton to Booklovers’ Cafe to talk about her book, The First Muslim: the Story of Muhammed. Lesley is a former psychologist and political journalist with deep roots in both Judaism and Catholicism. She once described herself as a Jew who seriously considered becoming a rabbi, a former convent schoolgirl who daydreamed about being a nun, an agnostic with a deep sense of religious mystery though no affinity for organized religion Her work has been widely praised for its blend of insight, in depth research and fine writing.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Anna Quinn, Angeline

(Airdate: March 28, 2023) Anna Quinn returns to Booklovers’ Cafe to introduce her new novel  Angeline. Erica Bauermeister says “Angeline is a call to open arms, a clear-eyed view of our often flawed humanity and how the power of compassion can change everything.” Cris and Anna talk about the setting in a liberal convent on an island in the Pacific Northwest and all about the humans inhabiting this place without revealing Angeline’s story. Anna unravels the mystery of her past in dream-like layers. The prose is poetic with messages for all readers. Anna is the founder of Writer’s Workshoppe in Port Townsend and the author of the bestseller, Night Child.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Monique Smith, Braiding Sweet Grass (YA)

(Airdate: March 14, 2023) Cris talks with the 2023 Community Read author Monique Gray Smith about her adaptation for Young Adults of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. This edition is a delight to hold and view with added illustrations by Nicole Neidhardt. All three of these women represent tribes from different locations in North America. Monique is an author and teacher in her own right and we also talk about her own path and books. Most recently Tilly and Crazy Eights was published and listed for Canada Reads 2021.