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Desideratum is Latin for things that are desired as essential. The Desideratum Podcast celebrates storytelling – the art of telling and the journey of listening.  Join narrator Theresa Bakken and her wordsmith friends every Friday to hear deep dive conversations with authors and compelling excerpts from their audiobook narrators. Tune in to hear an artist you love or to find your next favorite storyteller. Get special discount codes from publishers just for Desideratum listeners and bibliophiles.

Desideratum is partnering with Libro.fm to help bookstores thrive! Visit Libro.fm to find audiobooks you hear on the Desideratum Podcast. Every time you purchase your audiobooks from Libro.fm following this link you support a bookstore of your choice and the Desideratum Podcast! Find your next favorite storyteller, gift your favorite storyteller to a friend, or sign up for a monthly subscription with Libro.fm.

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The Kimono Tattoo by Rebecca Copeland, Ep37 Desideratum

Author Rebecca Copeland understands the power of words – and the many meanings behind them. She explores the idea of home and identity while unwrapping a multilayered mystery in her debut novel The Kimono Tattoo.  The character she has created to walk you through this story within a story is an American woman living in Japan and working as a translator.  Listen to why Rebecca feels so connected to Japan, and hear the scene that reveals the title worthy tattoo. The Kimono Tattoo is this weeks featured novel, available from Brother Mockingbird  Publishing.  The audiobook is in production at Northern Lake Audio  and will be available in early 2022.  Thanks to Johnnie Bernhard for putting me on the path to meet Rebecca, and thank you for listening.  https://www.rebecca-copeland.com/ https://www.brothermockingbird.net/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theresa-bakken/support
  1. The Kimono Tattoo by Rebecca Copeland, Ep37
  2. What happened After Alice Fell – by Kim Taylor Blakemore, Ep36
  3. Other People's Things by Kerry Anne King Ep35
  4. The Rebellious Tide – Eddy Boudel Tan – Episode 34
  5. Freedom Lessons from Eileen Sanchez, Episode 33

Discounts, Partnerships, and Backstories

Desideratum and Libro.fm

Desideratum is partnering with Libro.fm to help bookstores thrive! Visit Libro.fm to find the audiobooks you hear on the Desideratum Podcast. Every time you purchase your audiobooks from Libro.fm following this link you support a bookstore of your choice and the Desideratum Podcast! Find your next favorite storyteller, gift your favorite story to a friend,…More

Dundurn Press Discount

Dundurn Press publishes books that reflect the world, satisfy curiosity, enlighten and entertain. They amplify and elevate exceptional Canadian voices to the world, particularly those who have been previously underrepresented in trade publishing. I reached out to them when I featured Eddy Boudel Tan’s work. And they generously responded with a discount code for their…More

The Rebellious Tide

This week’s featured story is The Rebellious Tide by Eddy Boudel Tan. In our conversation with Eddy, we talk about: how a ship untethered from land became the perfect setting for this story, why he paid homage to Greek mythology’s Achilles and Patroclus in the story, and what his main character Sebastian’s reasons were for…More

Meet our Host Theresa Bakken

When Theresa was five years old, her parents let her play with a reel to reel recorder and a budding journalist was born. She loved recording her version of the news, emulating Walter Cronkite’s “That’s the Way It Is”. Theresa’s family moved around a lot when she was young. They eventually settled in TX, where she earned a BA in Mass Communications.

Theresa landed a job as a reporter and weekend anchor at KMAC Channel 28 in Lubbock, TX. Then she moved up to WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville, TN, where she earned an Emmy for her series reporting.

When Theresa and her husband started a family, she traded reporting the nightly news for reading bedtime stories.

As her children grew, she worked as the Executive Director of a non-profit gifting children in need free orthodontic care. And, she turned a beekeeping hobby into a commercial honey confection business. The Bee Ranch Honey Salted Caramels made from honey she and her sons harvested won The 2019 Good Food Award for confections.  

Through the years, Theresa never forgot the thrill of being in front of a microphone and connecting people through the spoken word. All grown up, her oldest son surprised her with a home recording studio, and encouraged her to host a podcast and narrate audiobooks.

Since early 2020, Theresa has been lending her voice to authors who entrusted her with their stories. She brings these stories to life with the same dedication she brings to all her endeavors, the same excellence that earned her an Emmy, and with the same enthusiasm as the five-year-old girl with her reel to reel recorder.

Visit Theresa’s Narrator website to schedule an audition and see her audiobook library.

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