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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.
||Gary Indiana: I Can Give You Anything but Love||The outlandish and unguarded Gary Indiana has written what can be described as an "anti-memoir." He doesn't like memoirs but has written one himself, partly because he has lived a real life all over the world: he actually has something to write about.||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mary Karr: The Art of Memoir||Is it common practice to lie in a memoir? Not for accomplished memoirists, according to Mary Karr. The Art of Memoir, in part a how-to book, distills 30 years of teaching and writing memoir.||11/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Joy Williams: The Visiting Privilege||The writer's writer, Joy Williams, has written a book that spans her body of work ? from familiar stories to new ones, showcases her deep, natural understanding of the process of writing.||11/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Patrick deWitt: Undermajordomo Minor||Patrick deWitt's latest book follows his penchant for building humiliation into his novels.||10/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Clegg: Did You Ever Have a Family||Bill Clegg makes the transition from memoirist to novelist. His book and its title are a statement on the kindness of strangers and the necessity to fashion one's own family.||10/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ann Beattie: The State We're In||In The State We're In: Maine Stories, Ann Beattie deftly and effortlessly takes the ingredients that make up short stories and shakes them up to create something new and beautiful.||10/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jonathan Franzen: Purity||Jonathan Franzen's latest book is an exploration of intensely intimate relationships and the inevitability of their destructive effects.||10/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bonnie Nadzam and Dale Jamieson: Love in the Anthropocene||Fiction writer Bonnie Nadzam and environmental philosopher, Dale Jamieson, worked together to write Love in the Anthropocene, a collection of five short stories that describe a very near future in which nature as we know it no longer exists.||10/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Salman Rushdie: Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights||--||9/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dodie Bellamy: When the Sick Rule the World||In this collection of prose pieces, Bellamy explodes the essay form into poetry, personal memoire and literary analysis||9/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||William T. Vollmann: The Dying Grass, Part II||The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War is the fifth book in Vollman's seven-book series about loss and transformation of the North American continent, this novel dramatizes a power grab disguised as a race war between Native Americans and settler||9/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||William T. Vollmann: The Dying Grass, Part I||The rise of corporate America begins with the ruthless acquisition of Indian land in this massively researched epic which evokes the language, the food, and the lost customs of the Nez Perce. This is the first of two conversations about William Vollman||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Allison Green: The Ghosts Who Travel with Me||A conversation with the author and Emily Goldman of Ooligan Press.||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Louisa Hall: Speak||Louisa Hall's novel Speak considers the Alan Turing test: how do we know if what we are communicating with via machine is human?||8/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mira Gonzalez and Tao Lin: Selected Tweets||Mira Gonzalez and Tao Lin's Selected Tweets is a compendium of tweets -- often dark and dispairing, but also bitingly funny -- written over the course of ten years, sometimes under their own names, sometimes using assumed names.||8/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||E. L. Doctorow: Homer & Langley||In this comic and affecting novel based on the lives of the Collyer brothers ? one a blind pianist, the other a hoarder and inventor ? Doctorow creates an ironic allegory of modern America.||8/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Harper Lee: Go Set a Watchman||Michael Silverblatt in conversation with Bookworm producer Connie Alvarez .||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Linda Rosenkrantz: Talk||In 1965, a young Linda Rosenkrantz had the novel idea to tape record her friends on the beach in East Hampton. The result was Talk, in which anything could become a subject for conversation ? it was all discussed.||7/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Christian Kracht: Imperium||Christian Kracht's Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas is a satirical parable that sees fanaticism as the root of German culture and imperialist culture in general.||7/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Amy Gerstler: Scattered at Sea||Amy Gerstler's new book of poems is an exploration of getting lost, the unknown, mortality and remembrance.||7/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Vendela Vida: The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty||Vendela Vida's new novel is a story of identity, a recurring mystery in her work. We get to the bottom of why identity is her obsession.||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aleksandar Hemon: The Making of Zombie Wars||This darkly nihilistic book masquerading as a comedy is as much a commentary on society as it is the story of a bad script-writer.||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alan Cheuse: Prayers for the Living||The "voice of NPR book reviews" takes a singular opportunity ? the discussion of his own novel with KCRW's bookworm, Michael Silverblatt.||6/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maggie Nelson: The Argonauts||The Argonauts is a work of "auto-theory" in which theory is put to the test against life experience.||6/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Atticus Lish: Preparation for the Next Life||Atticus Lish's debut novel won the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for First Fiction, demonstrating that he waited 40 years to become a natural.||6/3/2015||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!!