NAI Book Club

Each year, many interpreters look forward to the national and regional workshops to reconnect with fellow interpreters and discover new ways of thinking. Most enjoy this so much that some of our members asked for additional opportunities to connect and learn together throughout the year. To respond to this need, NAI launched a book club in 2013 for our members and certified individuals. Each quarter a book is chosen by a NAI member or staff that will benefit any of our certifications. Topics have ranged from training resources, new books on interpretation and other fields that affect ours. Participants obtain the book on their own and gather together via conference call to share their thoughts and insights. Additionally, by participating in the club/conference call, participants can get four hours of Continuing Education towards their recertification with NAI (if applicable).


In addition, if you missed the book club but would like to read the book later and gain Continuing Education hours, you can read the book of your choice from the list below then come back to this page, click the button below, and fill in the form.  Within two weeks your Continuing Education hours will show up on your account.

Click here to earn CE hours for Book Club

Thus far, the book club has enjoyed these selections:

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer (February 2021)

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors 
Dr. Carolyn Finney (December 2020)

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature
J. Drew Lanham (July 2020)

Interpreting Cultural and Natural Heritage for a Better World
Larry Beck, Ted Cable, and Doug Knudson (June 2020)
Listen here.

Interpretive Theme Writer's Field Guide
Jon Kohl (March 2020.
Listen here.

The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That will Get you Everything You Want
Dave Kerpen (October 2019)

So You Want to Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo (August 2019)

The Non-Designers Design Book
Robin Williams (June 2019)

Coaching Interpreters
Margaret Repath Styles (March 2019)
Listen here.

Interpreting Difficult History
Julia Rose (January 2019)

American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation
Eric Rutkow (September 2018)

Electric Lemons: Interpretation and the Art of Writing. Judy Fort Brenneman 
By Judy Fort Brenneman (June 2018)
Listen here.

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
By Seth Godin (March 2018)

Don't Be Such a Scientist
By Randy Olson (November 2017)

A Natural History of the Senses
By Diane Ackerman (September 2017)

Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World
Edited by Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene, and Laura Koloski (June 2017)

Verbal Judo: the Gentle Art of Persuasion
by George J. Thompson, Jerry B. Jenkins (April 2017)

Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want
by Pine and Gilmore (January 2017)

The Art of Relevance
by Nina Simon (October 2016)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain (July 2016)

The Interpreter’s Guidebook, 4th edition
by Jim Buchholz, Brenda Lackey, Michael Gross and Ron Zimmerman (April 2016)*

Feedback Revolution
by Peter McLaughlin (February 2016)

Adventures of a Nature Guide
by Enos Mills (September 2015)

The Story Factor
by Annette Simmons (June 2015)

The Thank You Economy
by Gary Vaynerchuk (April 2015)

Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
by George Marshall (February 2015)

Crucial Conversations
by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny (September 2014)

Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose
by Sam Ham (May, 2014)*
Listen here.

Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
by Gary Vaynerchuk (February 2014)

Made to Stick
by Dan and Chip Heath (December 2013)

Thriving in the New Knowledge Age
by John Falk, Ph. D (August 2013)*

Brain Rules
by John Medina (June 2013)

Meaningful Interpretation
by David Larsen (April 2013)

Telling Ain’t Training
by Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps (January 2013)

*Author joined group for conference call discussion

Our Current Selection



An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States 

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


According to Penguin Random House publishers, in An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States author Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the US and shows how policy against the Indigenous people’s was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. This policy was praised by popular cultural and in the highest offices of the government and military. Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up people’s history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.

If you're interested in participating in the club, please email Emily at ejacobs@interpnet.com. Participants will purchase the book on their own and share in a discussion via conference call in late April/early May.