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.

Six times a year a book is chosen that will benefit at least one of our certification categories. Participants obtain the book on their own and gather together via conference call to share their thoughts and insights. Due to the diversity of books selected, there is no “list” one can join, but selections are posted on this page and in our Inspiring Excellence newsletter sent to NAI certified individuals.

Continuing education credits for recertification: Participants who join in for the live discussion, will automatically receive four hours of CEUs in their record (if applicable). If you can’t attend or choose to read a previous Club book (from the list below)—credits can still be obtained by submitting this summary form.

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Thus far, the book club has enjoyed these selections. Click the title to purchase on Amazon:

Why Learn History (When It's Already On Your Phone)
Sam Wineburg (September 2022)

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative 
Florence Williams (July 2022)

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle 
Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski (April 2022)
Paul Ortiz (November 2021)

When I Was Puerto Rican 
A Memoir by Esmeralda Santiago (September 2021)

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States 
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (June 2021)

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 December 2022 Selection

Please note that registration is now required.

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The Art of Gathering - How We Meet And Why It Matters

by Priya Parker

According to Amazon, "In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive--which they don't have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.

Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn't, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings--conferences, meetings, a courtroom, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp--and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience.

The result is a book that's both journey and guide, full of exciting ideas with real-world applications. The Art of Gathering will forever alter the way you look at your next meeting, industry conference, dinner party, and backyard barbecue--and how you host and attend them."

Book Club will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Registration is capped at 50 participants.

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