Booklovers' Cafe

Bill Ransom

(First airdate: July 18, 2018) Port Townsend Writers Conference Founder Bill Ransom talks with Cris Wilson about his writing life, poetry and his creative autobiography Learning the Ropes.

Melissa Febos

(First airdate: July 11, 2018) Cris Wilson talks to best-selling author Melissa Febos about her most recent memoir Abandon Me, published in 2017. She is a featured guest at the 2018 Port Townsend Writer’s Conference and she is a Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth College.

Sheila Bender

(First airdate: June 6, 2018) Cris talks with our own poet and writer Sheila Bender, host of IN CONVERSATION about her poetry, teaching and most especially her book A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in Time of Grief.

Jeanie Murphy

(First airdate: June 6, 2018) Cris has a great time with Old Time Banjo player and author Jeanie Murphy. Jeanie’s first novel is titled Donna Cody: A Tall Tale. Old-time musicians will enjoy all the musical references, and the literary among you will see a framework that follows the classic tale of Don Quixote by Cervantes.

Nancy Lord

(First airdate: May 2, 2018) Cris visits with Alaskan environmental writer and novelist Nancy Lord. Nancy has recently published a novel titled pH. She does a great job of drawing attention to ocean acidification by telling a fascinating story with believable Alaska characters.

David Pablo Cohn

(First airdate: April 4, 2018) Cris Wilson and local author and farmer David Pablo Cohn talk about his short stories set in Africa, Antarctica, and right here at home.

Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

(First airdate: March 7, 2018) Fantasy and Science Fiction author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough joins Cris Wilson to discuss her long career and her participation in the resistance writings of Alternative Truths.

Jim Tolpin

(First airdate: February 7, 2018) Cris Wilson talks woodworking, tools, cabinets, and teaching with Jim Tolpin, author and a founder of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, as well as about Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man”.

Anna Quinn

(First airdate: January 3, 2018) Anna Quinn talks to Cris Wilson about her riveting first book The Night Child and how a memoir undergoes a metamorphosis into a must read novel in the era of #METOO.


Louise Marley

(First airdate: December 6, 2017) Author Louise Marley talks with Cris Wilson about her newest book A Secret History of Witches published under the pseudonym Louisa Morgan. Louise also discusses her Benedict Hall series set in Seattle after WWI published under the name Cate Campbell. Her 20 novels, ranging from historical fiction to science fiction, all feature strong women who push against societal norms and expectations.


Langdon Cook

(First airdate: November 2017) Author and lecturer Langdon Cook talks with Booklovers’ Cafe host Cris Wilson about his newest book, Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon From River to Table. Langdon takes us on a journey up and down the Pacific coast to meet the charismatic people whose lives are led by the fish that we all follow.


Anchee Min

(First airdate: October 11, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with Anchee Min, Jefferson County Library’s 2017 Huntingford Lecture author. Min talks about her life growing up during the Maoist years in Red Azalea, and about her immigrant experience in her newest book The Cooked Seed.


Julie Christine Johnson

(First airdate: October 4, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with Julie Christine Johnson, award-winning author of the novels In Another Life and The Crows of Beara. You can learn more about her at


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.


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.”