winter comes a newfound island-wide movement towards the safety and
comfort of the couch.
perfect time to slow down, enjoy an unhurried pace and curl up with a
not up on the latest good reads, just turn on the radio.
community read is happening now with participants joining in from all
across the country and even the world, and the initiative’s roots
started right here on Hatteras Island.
Mind worldwide community read is an opportunity for local island fans
to discover a new book that perfectly connects with the island
lifestyle. Readers also can join in the conversation through Q&As
with the author, and connect with a network of fellow book-lovers –
all without venturing into the winter weather.
Rosell, owner of the iconic Buxton Village Books, started the project
as a way to promote the local Radio Hatteras – a FEMA-funded
station that has proven essential during hurricanes, and which
provides important information on all the happenings around the
wanted to be able to support the radio station in a broader way than
just sending money,” says GeeGee. “…I wanted to get the word
out. So I started a community read called Hatteras Island Reads.”
virtual book club works a lot like a physical book club, but with the
added bonuses for folks who want to join, but either aren’t on the
island, or who don’t want to venture outside.
week, a new chapter or portion of the book is broadcast on Radio
Hatteras, and the author answers questions, add notes and
annotations, and gives a personal perspective to the story as it
books in the Hatteras Island Reads arsenal include In the “Heart of
the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick, “Isaac's Storm” by Erik
Larson, and “The Kinnakeeter” by Charles T. Williams II, which
came out as a second edition this past April.
way I chose books was to select non-fiction – true stories –
about the ocean, shipwrecks, storms: something that would evoke life
at the beach, and life on the island, with an author who would
participate with us.”
reaches out to the author for every community read, and for every
book chosen so far, the author has been an intricate part of the book
pick up the phone and call the author, and say ‘Hi there, I’ve
sold your book for years, and we’d like to do a community read on
our local FEMA-funded radio station…’ and every author has been
happy to join in,” says GeeGee. “People can send in questions,
and then I pass the questions along to the author, and then I record
an interview with the author that is played on the radio station.”
community read has had as many as 300 participants which includes
both locals, and folks who simply have ties to the beach, and
especially to Hatteras Island. “That’s the idea of community
reading, because the ‘community’ can be all of the people who
vacation here. It gives them a sense of ownership of Hatteras Island
as their vacation home,” says GeeGee.
also donates books that are being read to the school and to the
Hatteras Island library so folks don’t have to own a copy to
participate. For those who do want their own book for following
along, the current book club selections are sold at a discount at her
been a great success for both readers and Radio Hatteras, with up to
300 participants at one time, but this new installment is proving to
meet and exceed expectations.
Mind” – (Formally known as “Blue Mind. The Surprising Science
That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You
Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do”) –
and its author, Wallace J. Nichols.
To put it
mildly, Nichols known his stuff.
Wallace J. Nichols,” his bio reads, “called ‘Keeper of the Sea’
by GQ Magazine and ‘a visionary’ by Outside Magazine, is an
innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker,
renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild
water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and
fun-loving Dad. He also likes turtles (a lot.)”
has authored more than 200 publications including scientific papers,
technical reports, and book contributions, and has appeared in
hundreds of print, film, radio, and television media outlets
including NPR, BBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, National Geographic, Animal
Planet, Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Elle, Vogue, Surfer
Magazine, Scientific American, and New Scientist, just to name a few.
“Blue Mind,” published in 2014, became a national bestseller and
has been translated to numerous languages around the world.
he’s chatting with island residents and fans of Hatteras Island
Reads. And it all started with an email from GeeGee.
this one, I walked past Nichols book “Blue Mind”. and it just
kind of jumped out at me,” she says. “I love that book. I’ve
been selling it [as a] hardcover since 2014, and I’ve sold hundreds
initial epiphany, GeeGee sent an email to Nichols who in turn
responded within an hour and a half, and said he would be happy to do
it. “Then he called me and said 'Let’s think big, let’s make
this worldwide!’ I have to give much credit to ‘J’ for reaching
out to his contacts and bringing them onboard. It’s really turned
into a movement of sorts.”
begins with the Outer Banks – it starts with Jennette’s Pier –
and it outlines how people are connected to the water.
takes the science of the neurological response of a human to water,
and makes it accessible... You don’t even have to understand what
the word ‘neuroscience’ means,” says GeeGee. “At any given
page you’ll say ‘oh, I knew that!’ because you know that your
blood pressure goes down, your heart rate goes down, and the answers
you were mulling over for a life-changing situation become more
available to you when you walk on the beach, or put your kayak in the
water and go for a paddle…”
about life makes more sense when we’re next to the water,” she
adds, “and this book explains to us why, without weighing us down
with technology and science… The notes at the back are maybe 15
pages long regarding source materials, so it’s very scientifically
based, but the book itself explains it in layperson language.”
is already underway, although new participants are welcome to join
in. “Each read generally lasts several months to give folks time to
read at their leisure, and formulate questions, and email them to the
also ample options to join in and connect.
with questions for the author can email them to Buxton Village Books,
or can log onto Facebook to post their queries or join in the live
Q&As which are held nightly at 9 p.m.
who want to “read along,” or want to make a drive more pleasant
and engaging, they can tune into Radio Hatteras (101.5 and 99.9) at 7
p.m. Monday through Friday, when chapters of the book are read aloud.
all, people who want to listen in don’t have to drive back and
forth on NC Highway 12 to catch a whole chapter, or dig out their
battery-operated storm radios. The shows also s live on
www.radiohatteras.org , and listeners can also download the app to
their mobile device.
are always welcome – regardless of the chapter or the content. “Any
sort of interaction is great, and the [chapter] doesn’t matter,”
says GeeGee. “It’s all about connections, because connecting
people to water is the whole point of the book.”
the 2017 Worldwide Blue Mind Online Book Club has 500 participants –
which includes folks from all across the county, as well as
participants from Finland, Scotland, and even Palau. “We’re
heavily into week number 2 of a 10-week read, and more folks are
finding out about it and joining us all the time,” says GeeGee.
“We’re hoping to be up to 1,000 by the time we’re finished.”
A March 25
Event Finale & Fundraiser also is planned right where the
initiative started – on Hatteras Island – with event details to
meantime, the event is accomplishing the original goal by getting the
word out about Radio Hatteras to an extended population that’s
miles away from our island home.
mentions Radio Hatteras on just about every Facebook broadcast, and
that’s the whole point –– to benefit Radio Hatteras and get
more folks aware of Radio Hatteras,” she says. “It’s just a
collateral benefit that folks might feel better about the way they
interact with the planet. So everybody wins.”
Join the Club:
from the book are being broadcast on Radio Hatteras (101.5 and 99.9)
at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Radio Hatteras can be streamed,
everywhere, at www.radiohatteras.org.
Folks also can download the app to listen in on a mobile device.
Live is available nightly at 9 p.m., featuring questions from
readers and guest protagonists from the book. All evenings are
archived, and visitors can easily catch up at any time. Check out
the Blue Mind Facebook page at
and use the #bluemind hashtag to follow the conversation on social
for the author can be submitted via Facebook through the Blue Mind
page or through Buxton Village Books at [email protected]
available for purchase at Buxton Village Books or can be borrowed
from Hatteras Library. All Proceeds benefit Radio Hatteras and Blue
more info, visit http://www.buxtonvillagebooks.com/
reading and listening schedule:
Jan 16th: Foreword and Preface,
Jan 23rd: Chapter 1
Jan 30th: Chapter 2
Feb 6th: Chapter 3
Feb 13th: Chapter 4
Feb 20th: Chapter 5
Feb 27th: Chapter 6
March 6th: Chapter 7
March 13th: Chapter 8
March 20th: Chapter 9
25th: Event Finale & Fundraiser at Cape Hatteras. Location and
event details to be announced