By KCRW, Michael Silverblatt
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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 show's host and guiding spirit, Michael Silverblatt. After 21 years, Bookworm has a new theme -- two, in fact! Replacing the familiar "You are a Human Animal," is "I Am A Bookworm," an original composition by the idiosyncratic rock-pop group, Sparks, At the end of the show, a second Sparks composition, "Where Would We Be Without Books." Curious? Check out the lyrics ! Bookworm listeners are invited to participate in the first ever KCRW BOOKWORM BOOK CLUB , hosted on Facebook. Click here , log in to Facebook, and locate the "Ask to Join Group" link at the top right of the facebook page!
||CleanScott McClanahan: The Sarah Book / Crapalachia: A Biography of Place||Scott McClanahan discusses two of his close-to- the-bone and personal novels: The Sarah Book and Crapalachia: A Biography of Place.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVíctor Terán and David Shook: Like A New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry||Víctor Terán and David Shook discuss the music of Isthmus Zapotec and poetry translated for Like A New Sun.||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatthew McIntosh: theMystery.doc||Matthew McIntosh’s theMystery.doc asks a reader to consider what a book is, while exploring how a book can be like life.||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJane Gillette: The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories||Jane Gillette describes the wicked writing of her first book, The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories.||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUrsula LeGuin||Revisiting Ursula LeGuin, the immensely popular author who changed science fiction and fantasy for millions of readers. She died this month at the age of 88.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIsabel Allende: In the Midst of Winter||Storytelling queen Isabel Allende wrote a time-crossing, culture-hopping chamber piecethat gives faces to immigration during these dark times for literature, In the Midst of Winter.||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Kraus: After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography||In her stunning After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography, Chris Kraus wrote not of theory but of writing, creativity, and the depth a writer has to go to form an identity.||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoe Hagan: Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine||In Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, Joe Hagan explores the countercultural rise of the late-60s rock and roll teen society.||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMorgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé||Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnne Fadiman: The Wine Lover's Daughter||Anne Fadiman discusses topics from The Wine Lover’s Daughter: wine, literature, and her father Clifton.||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWilliam H. Gass Tribute||The great novelist, essayist and prose stylist William H. Gass died last week at 93. This tribute show is composed of excerpts from previous Bookworm conversations with Gass.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharmaine Craig: Miss Burma||A moody historical novel, Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig explores history as it is inscribed in the souls of a rather special Burmese family.||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach||Without spoilers, we discuss the intricate surprises and complex modes of disclosure in Jennifer Egan's new novel Manhattan Beach.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWallace Shawn: Night Thoughts||This show features a dramatic and emotional reading by writer/actor Wallace Shawn of an excerpt from Night Thoughts, his book-length essay.||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Danielewski: The Familiar, Volume 5||The Familiar, Volume 5: Redwood, by Mark Danielewski, closes Season One of a serial novel imagined as a vast TV series.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSparks (Part II)||The second conversation with brothers Ron and Russell Mael of the band Sparks, along with stripped-down versions of two songs from their new album Hippopotamus.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSparks (Part I)||Sparks plays stripped-down acoustic versions of art rock songs off their new album Hippopotamus, along with a classic song, and the theme to Bookworm, Where Would We Be without Books.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEileen Myles: Afterglow (a dog memoir)||Beloved writer Eileen Myles didn't make up the dog but she did make up Afterglow (a dog memoir).||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKazuo Ishiguro||We sample 25 years of Bookworm conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize Laureate for literature.||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStephen Greenblatt: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve||Following his National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize celebrated The Swerve, in the elaborately readable The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve Stephen Greenblatt explores reasons why the story of Genesis has seized the imagination.||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNicole Krauss: Forest Dark||Nicole Krauss took a risk by writing about two protagonists who never meet. Krauss says she let herself follow the characters of Forest Dark into the unknown.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndrew Sean Greer: Less||In his novel Less, Andrew Sean Greer discusses filterless writing and the idea of getting what you want in a world bent on not giving you what you want.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatthew Klam: Who Is Rich?||Matthew Klam reveals that his novel Who is Rich? ponders the meaning of wealth. Is richness having a big bank account or is it being happy with your lot in life?||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Z. Danielewski: The Familiar||Mark Danielewski says he wants to give words to animals, to plants, to the waves of the ocean. His vast serial novel The Familiar begins with a young girl rescuing a cat.||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeorge Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part II)||Known for the outrageous comedy of his acclaimed short stories, George Saunders says that daring to write this novel about grief, loss and the journey of the soul was like jumping off a cliff. [REPEAT]||9/7/2017||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.
Terrific, just terrific
If you like books, reading, literature, or criticism, this is simply the best interview show on the planet. Michael Silverblatt is not only a splendid host, he is an insightful critic as well. He has carefully read not just the book in question, but usually the author's entire output. He is a sensitive, respectful reader and it's a delight to hear him interact with the authors. The authors in turn are delighted to enter into a dialogue with a reader so knowledgable. But beware--you're likely to begin buying the books so you can partake in all the fun.
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