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A must for the serious reader Bookworm showcases writers of fiction and poetry - the established new or emerging - all interviewed with insight and precision by the shows host and guiding spirit Michael Silverblatt.
||Valerie Martin: The Ghost of the Mary Celeste||Valerie Martin on her fascination with the ship Mary Celeste, found floating with no crew off the coast of Spain in 1872. She says she does not believe in ghosts, but?||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hilton Als: White Girls||Hilton Als' first book in 14 years is a series of essays that defy easy categorization. His "white girls" are neither necessarily girls nor white?.||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Richard Powers: Orfeo||Richard Powers says his new novel reveals that there's little difference between a passion and an idea.||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jaime Hernandez and Junot Diaz: This Is How You Lose Her||Junot Diaz says Jaime Hernandez's illustrations for the deluxe new edition of his acclaimed collection of stories make their collaboration "rise to the level of jazz."||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jonathan Blum: Last Word||Blum on publishing his first book, and the riddle of a moral contained in its inscrutable 13-year-old antihero, a Bartlebian computer whiz with a vengeful streak.||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gary Shteyngart: Little Failure||Shteyngart wrote his memoir when he realized that his life story mirrored that of the 20th century, the saga of one failed superpower giving way to another failing one.||1/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alfred Starr Hamilton: A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind||Ben Estes, Alan Felsenthal and Amanda Nadelberg read poems from Alfred Starr Hamlton's "Dreambox" and reflect on their experience editing this unsung enchanter.||1/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Denis Scheck, German literary critic and host of 'Druckfrisch'||Esteemed German literary critic Denis Scheck joins us for a special international "meeting of the minds" to appraise the state of book criticism today.||1/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||James McCourt: Lasting City||James McCourt's novelistic memoir collages together vignettes of personal and queer community history in the New York City of mid-century.||1/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Goli Taraghi: The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons||Iranian author Goli Taraghi's recent collection translates many of her short stories of the past forty years into English for the first time.||1/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Junot Diaz: This Is How You Lose Her||Our master of seductive street-slang on seduction and its relation to fiction. Can a writer seduce you? Junot Díaz describes what he calls "the shock of representation."||12/23/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Joe Sacco: The Great War: July 1, 1916||A trenchant "comic journalist" depicting the horrors of human conflicts, Joe Sacco's latest work is an astonishing panorama of the Battle of the Somme...||12/20/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Erica Jong: Fear of Flying||On its 40th-anniversary, Jong clarifies "Fear of Flying's" earnest philosophical motives, and identifies her literary influences, from Shakespeare to Pauline Réage.||12/12/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Self: Umbrella||Self?s striking novel about loss, language, and perception after the First World War -- and a bold departure from the satirical mode he is best known for.||12/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Joan Didion: Blue Nights||After the deaths of husband and daughter, Joan Didion wrote the most personal and poetic book of her impressive career...||11/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||James Franco: Actors Anonymous||James Franco says literature was his emotional and intellectual escape valve from the alternate reality of filmmaking, performance, and celebrity.||11/20/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Allan Gurganus: Local Souls||Allan Gurganus says the three novellas that comprise his new book, "Local Souls," were written as modern fables or fairy tales.||11/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alice McDermott: Someone||Alice McDermott once felt a fear that her new novel would be seen as just another of her perfect Irish American novels. Instead it leaps from the page.||11/7/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Andre Dubus, III: Dirty Love||Four linked novellas explore the poignant interior lives of small-town characters who are usually unseen and unknown.||10/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nicholson Baker: Traveling Sprinkler||Nicholson Baker, poet of small accuracies, shows us how if you assemble enough of these small accuracies, you've got a novel.||10/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jonathan Lethem: Dissident Gardens||Jonathan Lethem?s latest chronicles a lost generation of Jewish socialists who lived in Queens in the mid-twentieth century.||10/16/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alexander Maksik: A Marker to Measure Drift||An aristocratic Liberian woman is left bereft and exiled on a remote Aegean island during her country's second civil war?||10/8/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rebecca Solnit: The Faraway Nearby||Part memoir, part literary criticism, part self-analysis, Rebecca Solnit's latest is an inter-genre meditation on the ways our lives are orchestrated by stories.||10/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Van Dyke Parks: Songs Cycled||Van Dyke Parks on his multifaceted career as a lyricist, composer, arranger, producer and instrumentalist, on the heels of his first studio album in nearly twenty years.||9/25/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Russ Kick: The Graphic Canon, Volume 3||This garden of literary and visual delights, edited by Russ Kick, wondrously illustrates the arc of 20th century literature by over 80 graphic artists.||9/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
Parade of Literary Stars and Superstars
Silverblatt often understands the books his interviewees have recently published better than the authors do themselves. He is a most perceptive reader of wide sympathies. I have profitably bought or borrowed several books based on his interviews--books about which I would have known nothing otherwise.
I Love Michael Silverblatt!!
I've listened to a lot of book reviews on podcast, and found no one who can measures up to Michael S! He's insightful, smart, witty, funny & charming! You'll be addicted to his podcast once you listen to him. Subscribe and enjoy.
Silverblatt - the MAN
I have been listening to bookworm for years and finally got to see Mr. Silverblatt work in person while he interviewed Martin Amis. Mr. Silverblatt, working without notes, went quote for quote like a literary master and matched wits with Martin on everything from Russian literature to Kingsley Amis. He really knows how to handle the authors he interviews letting them speak as much as possible. Norman Mailer called him "the most well read man in the world" - which to me means he has the respect of the very highest level literatti. All Bookworm shows are now archived and available at KCRW's website. So have fun!!