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This Writers’ Voices features Cheryl Fusco Johnson speaking with children’s book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Jacqueline’s most recent book is “The Chiru of High Tibet”. The book tells the true story of how a scientist and four mountain men set out to save the antelope-like creature called the chiru. Chirus are sought for their incredibly soft wool, however they can not survive being sheared. Taking their wool means taking their life. This has caused the chirus to be on the brink of extinction.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of many children’s books, including the Caldecott Award-winning “Snowflake Bentley”, “Good Times on Grandfather Mountain”, “Banjo Granny” and more. She currently lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa.


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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