Kathleen Holt

Strategic Projects Coordinator / HPPR Radio Readers Book Club

Kathleen Holt has served High Plains Public Radio in one way or another since its inception in 1979.  Currently, she is Director of Strategic Projects.  She’s worked with a board committee to establish Legacy and Endowed Funds to provide for public radio into the future.  Holt’s community development projects have upgraded the signal for KCSE (Prowers County, Colorado) and established a partnership with Dodge City Community College to bring full time public radio to the area through the college station KONQ-FM, the college’s station.  Her regional programming projects include coordinating the HPPR Radio Reader Book Club and developing pending regional programs like Ad Astra: Stargazing on the High Plains, Voices of the Plains, and High Plains History. 

Jessica Sadler has taught third, fifth, and sixth grades in Lawrence and Olathe Kansas, holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and special education. A STEAM facilitator with an ESL endorsement, Jessica has won numerous teaching awards, including being named a Kansas Asia Scholar.

Freddy Gipp, born and raised in  Lawrence, KS is an enrolled member of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. His Indian name is T'sa(N) T'hoop A'h(N), meaning Lead Horse in Kiowa. Gipp graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Strategic Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism. After serving as an intern for the Bureau of Indian Education within the US Dept of Interior in Washington, D.C. Gipp’s consulting firm Lead Horse LLC t focuses on utilizing Native American Powwow celebrations as an effective economic driver for urban and rural communities.

The third book in the 2021 Spring Read – Cultures in a Common Land is Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by author Ken Nerburn.  In it, two men, one white and one Indian, one middle aged, one an elder, struggle to find a common voice despite their disparate experiences and world views. Dan, a Native American elder, leads Nerburn through reservation life and the majestic western Dakotas deep into the world of Indian towns and forgotten roads that inspire memories of Ghost Dances and Sitting Bull.

The HPPR Radio Readers Book Club is an on-air, on-line community of readers exploring themes of interest to those who live and work on the High Plains. The 2021 Spring Read – Culture in a Common Land will begin mid-January with Amarillo’s Marcy McKay leading a discussion of the first book The Poisonwood Bible. Marcy is a life coach as well as an award-winning novelist. She loves writing AND helping others and lists several things she wants us to know about herself. First, she’s survived both a house fire and raising two teenagers.

The first book in the 2021 Spring Read – Cultures in a Common Land will be The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. The book features the journey of a family headed by Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist. Reverend Price leads his wife and four daughters on a mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959, one of the most dramatic political periods in the African country in the past century. The Prices carry everything from garden seeds to Bibles believing they have what they need but finding something very different.

The holidays are near, which often means time for rest, relaxation, & READING! Here are a few holiday book ideas that’ll keep you on track with the upcoming 2020 Spring Read for HPPR’s Radio Readers Book Club,  RADIO WAVES:


Tune in for an HPPR Radio Readers Book Club holiday tradition: the two-hour broadcast of a High Plains author's delightful Christmas story: A Carol Dickens Christmas, featuring a fresh reading by the book's author, Thomas Fox Averill.


Monday, December 23, 2019

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CT

Thursday, December 26, 2019

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT

Just a reminder that HPPR's Radio Readers Book Club's 2019 Fall Read starts in August. The theme is "Navigating Uncharted Waters —Past, Present, & Future." Book leaders and texts were selected by HPPR Radio Readers Steering Committee, and they all explore the ways in which our childhood and life experiences inform our world views. Are we products of nature or nurture? Many intriguing questions will be explored. 

Here are the books to be discussed during the Fall Read of 2019:

All right, HPPR Radio Readers! It's time to crack open those mystery novels as we move into the 2019 Spring Read: It's a Mystery to Me! This season will surely delight with a huge list of stories, covering classic noir novels, true crime nonfiction, vintage whodunnits, regional mysteries, and so much more.

Lock the doors. Close the curtains. Keep the lights on. And get ready for HPPR Radio Readers Book Club's 2019 Spring ReadIt's a Mystery to Me! This season will surely delight readers who love thrillers, true crime, murder mysteries, classic detective stories, and regional authors exposing the darker side of our High Plains home. Now let's all snuggle up with this hearty stack of books and try to figure out WHODUNNIT! See below for the book list!

Click here to see a printable, two-page Reader's Guide, complete with bios and books! 

Tune in tonight for an HPPR Radio Readers Book Club holiday tradition: the two-hour broadcast of a High Plains author's delightful Christmas story: A Carol Dickens Christmas, featuring a fresh reading by the book's author, Thomas Fox Averill


Saturday, December 22th—  7-9pm CT

Monday, December 24th— 7-9pm CT

The 2018 Fall Read's theme is Let’s Talk – Aging, Death & Dying.  You'll find thoughts and ideas about books from Radio Readers through a series of BookBytes posted below. If you'd like to contribute a BookByte, simply contact Kathleen Holt for more information. 

Book lovers, mark your calendars! On Sunday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. CST, HPPR Radio Readers invites you to a live, on-air, book discussion for the 2018 Spring Read: "WWI-Perspectives."

Don’t miss a spirited discussion of our four books with panelists from Panhandle-Plains Historical MuseumBethel College, & High Plains Public Radio + educators from across our region! The panelists will explore themes raised in the discussion of the book through contributed Radio Reader BookBytes. Plus, it will stream live on HPPR's Facebook page!

So what does HPPR Radio Readers Book Club's 2018 Spring Read have in store? 

Here's more info about all four books!