Booklovers’ Cafe

Booklovers’ Cafe – Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Rooted

(Airdate: October 31, 2021) Cris Wilson is delighted to talk to Lyanda Lynn Haupt about her latest book, Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit. This book is a philosophical and personal exploration into the ecology of the Pacific Northwest. It is truly a celebration and guide for us all to find wonder and belonging.

Booklovers’ Cafe – JoAnne Tompkins, What Comes After

(First airdate: September 28, 2021) JoAnne Tompkins introduces her debut novel “What Comes After” on Booklovers’ Cafe. The book has received great reviews from the New York Times as a recommended Book Group selection. It is set in Port Townsend and is a psychological mystery with strong characters. Sometimes tough and sometimes tender, the book is true to life today AND it features a great dog named Rufus.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Joe Gillard, Little Book of Lost Words

(First airdate: August 31, 2021) Joe Gillard, a history buff and founder of History Hustle, a digital publication, has fun with Cris talking about their favorite selections from his book The Little Book of Lost Words. Who doesn’t need to know about a word like Snollygoster, a dishonest politician or Snuggery, a cozy room perfect for reading and dreaming?

Booklovers’ Cafe – Corky Parker, La Finca

(First airdate: August 3, 2021) Host Cris Wilson welcomes Corky Parker to Booklovers’ Cafe. Corky introduces her memoir La FInca: Love, Loss, and Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island. At age 40, Parker surrendered to her Swept Away-meets-Swiss Family Robinson fantasy of running an inn far from her home in the Pacific Northwest. She bought a group of cabins built by women in the hills of a small island in the Caribbean, and for the next 20+ years she and her family split their time between Seattle, and what became La Finca Caribe, their eco-lodge in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Booklovers’ Cafe – David Williams

(First airdate: June 27, 2021) Cris Wilson welcomes David B. Williams to Booklovers’ Cafe to talk about his latest book Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound. Witty, graceful, and deeply informed, Homewaters weaves history and science into a fascinating and hopeful narrative, one that will introduce newcomers to the astonishing life that inhabits the Sound and offers us new insight into and appreciation of the waters we call home.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Katrina Carrasco

(First airdate: May 25, 2021) “Carrasco’s first novel explores every nook and cranny of what it is to be two-natured. Male and female, cop and criminal, marginalized and sovereign, best and bad: no matter the duality, disgraced Pinkerton detective-turned-unabashed gangster Alma Rosales (aka Jack Camp, pronouns she/her) rides the pendulum from one extreme to another. She’s not alone: all of the colorful characters populating the seedy docks in 1880s Port Townsend, WA, have at least two sides to their stories and multiple angles from which to view them … Carrasco is an author to watch.” says Library Journal!

Booklovers’ Cafe – Jacqueline Winspear, part 2

(First airdate: April 27, 2021) This month host Cris Wilson is pleased to speak with Jacqueline Winspear, author of the New York Times best-selling series, Maisie Dobbs. Originally from England, Jacqueline has been visiting our area. Part Two of these programs is all about the new Maisie Dobbs novel, The Consequences of Fear. As Europe buckles under Nazi occupation in October of 1941 we meet young Freddie Hackett, a message runner in the bombed streets of London, who witnesses an argument and then a murder. The theme of human fear echoes through the decades to today.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Jacqueline Winspear, part 1

(First airdate: March 30, 2021) This month host Cris Wilson is pleased to speak with Jacqueline Winspear, author of the New York Times best-selling series, Maisie Dobbs. Originally from England, Jacqueline has been visiting our area. In Part One of the interview, Cris and Jackie talk about the memoir published in November of 2020, This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing. Fans of Maisie Dobbs will appreciate the warmth, humor and unflinching honesty of this account that embraces three generations of Winspear’s family history. The reader will certainly understand the importance of real place, time, and characters that Winspear brings to life in her novels.

Bill Harley

(First airdate: January 19, 2021) Bill Harley, Storyteller, author and performer for all ages joins Cris to talk about his storytelling career, friendship with Pete Seeger. He also tells us a story for all ages about Finding Happiness. Personally Bill has brought Cris’s family much joy and laughter over the years.  His books and CDs can be found at

Elyse Guttenberg

(Airdate: December 22, 2020) Looking for a fantasy escape with a message? The Power We Share is one for the list. Cris talks to Elyse Guttenberg, an Alaskan writer, known for works set in Alaskan prehistory. Her latest book takes us into the world of Molly Sinclair, a pirate and craft-born witch, where magic is bought, packaged and sold. The book is perfect for fans of Ursula K. LeGuin.