Booklovers' Cafe

Holly J. Hughes

(First airdate: September 6, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with Holly J. Hughes and shares poems from her book, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. Books and Resource information at


Myra Platt

(First airdate: August 9, 2017) Cris Wilson interviews Myra Platt, cofounder and artistic director of Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theater Company. They discuss the upcoming season and their educational outreach to communities like ours.

Summer Reading

(First airdate: July 19, 2017) Bookstore owner Anna Quinn and Teen Librarian Russ Stamp talk to Cris about current teen favorites. Also, Cris reviews some of her own current summer book diversions.


Dan Chaon

(First airdate: July 12, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with Dan Chaon, about his latest novel, Ill Will, and his most recent collection of short stories, Stay Awake.


Robert Wyss

(First airdate: June 7, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with Robert Wyss, the author of The Man Who Built the Sierra Club : A Life of David Brower.


Sarah Van Gelder

(First airdate: May 3, 2017)  Cris Wilson interviews Sarah Van Gelder, author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From a 12000 Mile Journey through a New America.


Kathleen Alcala

(First airdate: April 19, 2017)  Cris Wilson talks with Kathleen Alcala, author of The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island.


Yvonne Wakefield

(First airdate: March 1, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with author, artist, adventurer Yvonne Wakefield, introducing her newest book Babe in the Woods. They talk about learning to build a log cabin, the hard way, and remote rural living.


Leif Whittaker

(first airdate: February 1, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with Leif Whittaker, author, mountaineer, environmentalist, about his memoir My Old Man and the Mountain, growing up in Port Townsend, and his summit of Everest.


Interfaith Amigos

(First airdate: January 4, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with two of the Interfaith Amigos: Rabbi Ted Falcon and Iman Jamal Raman.


Michael Meade

(First airdate: November 30, 2016) Cris Wilson talks with author and speaker Michael Meade about youth, elders, and wisdom.


Cynthia Trenshaw

(first airdate: November 2, 2016) Cris Wilson talks with Cynthia Trenshaw about poetry and street-level outreach of a very different style.


Kaci Cronkhite

(First airdate: October 5, 2016) Cris Wilson interviews Port Townsend’s own Kaci Cronkhite, author of “Finding Pax: The Unexpected Journey of a Little Wooden Boat.”


Jim Lynch

(First airdate: September 7, 2016) Cris Wilson talks about sailing, swisher, R2K, and writing with Jim Lynch, author of Before the Wind, a book all about sailing.


Geoff Lawson

(First airdate: August 10, 2016) Cris Wilson talks with Geoff Lawson, directory of the Bushwick Book Club. Where you read the book and write a song. The conversation is the performance.


Daniel Winkler

(first airdate: August 3, 2016) Cris Wilson interviews Daniel Winkler, an ecologist author who travels the world helping others discover the delight of mushroom hunting. From truffles to cordyceps and everything in between!


Sam Ligon

(first airdate: July 6, 2016). Cris Wilson interviews author Sam Ligon to discuss his recent novel “Among the Dead and Dreaming” and illustrated collection of short stories “Wonderland”. Sam is also Artistic Director of this year’s Port Townsend Writers Conference, from July 17 to 24.


Gary Lemons

(first airdate: June 1, 2016) Cris Wilson interviews poet Gary Lemons, the author of The Snake and Snake Second Wind. We discuss these books and more to come about Snake, the tragic-comic figure of eternity and dream, where at the end of the world it remains the repository of all Earth’s memories and shared consciousness.


Linnea Patrick and Michael Bunnell

(first airdate: May 7, 2016) Cris Wilson interviews Linnea Patrick and Michael Bunnell about Local History. Linnea is a life-long historian and librarian currently writing a monthly local history column for the Peninsula Daily News. Michael has written a fun treatment of the famous San Juan Islands Pig War, called “The Friendly Little War of Lyman Cutler.”


Rebecca Makkai

(first airdate: April 6, 2016) Cris Wilson interviews Rebecca Makkai, author of The Borrower, and Music for Wartime (short stories).


Charles Johnson

(first airdate: March 16, 2016) Host Cris Wilson talks with Dr. Charles R. Johnson, author of the widely read and respected Middle Passage (25th anniversary edition), Soulcatcher (short stories), his series for young people, and his writing on Buddhism. He is a longtime faculty member at UW, and a MacArthur Fellow.


Julie Christine Johnson

(airdate: February 24, 2016) Host Cris Wilson talks to Port Townsend author Julie Christine Johnson about her new book In Another Life.


C. Nielson Taylor

(Airdate: Jan 13, 2016) Host Chris Wilson talks to C. Nielson Taylor, author of Being Human, a young adult novel of a child raised by animals in the forest.


Richard Jesse Watson

Cris Wilson interviews Richard Jesse Watson, a locally based, and internationally respected artist, illustrator and author. Much of his imagery is based on local characters in Port Townsend, with a fanciful twist.


Barbara Sjoholm

Cris Wilson interviews Barbara Sjoholm, Port Townsend based biographer, travel writer, and translator: author of The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O’Malley, and With the Lapps in the High Mountains.


John Marzluff

Cris Wilson interviews John Marzluff, University of Washington professor and author of Gifts of the Crow on bird behavior.