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:

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)

Interpretive Theme Writer's Field Guide
Jon Kohl (March 2020)

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)
Listen here.

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



Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors 

Dr. Carolyn Finney


Building on our previous selection, the book club will continue to discuss race and outdoor spaces with a book written by Dr. Carolyn Finney. The following description comes from her website:

“Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans.

Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces. Drawing on a variety of sources from film, literature, and popular culture, and analyzing different historical moments, including the establishment of the Wilderness Act in 1964 and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Finney reveals the perceived and real ways in which nature and the environment are racialized in America. Looking toward the future, she also highlights the work of African Americans who are opening doors to greater participation in environmental and conservation concerns.”

If interested in participating in this month’s Club, please send an email to Emily at ejacobs@interpnet.com. Participants will purchase the book on their own and share in a discussion via conference call in late November. NAI has also contacted Dr. Finney to see if she can join us!