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Desideratum is a Latin word that means ‘things that are desired as essential’. Just longing for stories to share and wishing for moments with gifted storytellers, inspired this podcast.

The Desideratum Podcast celebrates the art of telling and the journey of listening to stories with narrator Theresa Bakken and her author, artist, and wordsmith friends.

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Episode 14, The Library of Lost Souls by Meghan Holloday Desideratum

Today's featured story was inspired by a teller of tall tales – a lover of stories. As we head into Father’s Day weekend, listen to Meghan Holloway talk about the ways her grandfather enriched her life and her writing. Meghan Holloway wrote a successful WWII Historical Fiction published by Polis Books called Once More Unto the Breach as well as a trilogy in the Thriller Crime genre with Hunting Ground released last year, and Hiding Place out this August.  But, we are talking about something very different – a book she wrote that is set in the future.  At its heart, it is a love story about what it means to be human and the ways we grapple with loneliness and loss. Today we are talking about The Library of Lost Souls.  http://www.polisbooks.com/authors/meghan-holloway https://www.meghanholloway.com/the-library-of-lost-souls
  1. Episode 14, The Library of Lost Souls by Meghan Holloday
  2. Episode 13, Joan from The Eves by Grace Sammon
  3. Episode 12, Gawk by Dianne Bilyak
  4. Episode 11, Mercy by Joseph S. Walker
  5. Episode 10, Border Song by Laura Kemp

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Episode 14, The Library of Lost Souls by Meghan Holloway

Today’s featured story was inspired by a teller of tall tales – a lover of stories. As we head into Father’s Day weekend, listen to Meghan Holloway talk about the ways her grandfather enriched her life and her writing. Meghan has written a successful WWII Historical Fiction published by Polis Books called Once More Unto…More

Episode 13, Joan an excerpt from The Eves by Grace Sammon

Today’s featured story is from Grace Sammon’s novel The Eves. Grace describes The Eves as a multi-generational novel portraying lives lived well and lives in transition. It captures the conversations we wish we had had with our parents, if we had taken the opportunity, and the lessons we would want to impart to our children,…More

Episode 12, Gawk with Dianne Bilyak

The featured story Gawk is about that fishbowl feeling, when you realize others see you as different. The way Dianne Bilyak writes about growing up with her sister Chris – who has down syndrome – is heartrending and funny. It’s a gift to siblings and parents of all abilities. Dianne is a disability rights advocate,…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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