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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

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Víctor Terán and David Shook: Like A New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:30:00 -0800

Víctor Terán and David Shook discuss the music of Isthmus Zapotec and poetry translated for Like A New Sun.

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Matthew McIntosh: theMystery.doc

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:30:00 -0800

Matthew McIntosh’s theMystery.doc asks a reader to consider what a book is, while exploring how a book can be like life.

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Jane Gillette: The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:30:00 -0800

Jane Gillette describes the wicked writing of her first book, The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories.

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Ursula LeGuin

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:30:00 -0800

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.

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Isabel Allende: In the Midst of Winter

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:30:00 -0800

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.

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Chris Kraus: After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:30:00 -0800

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.

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Joe Hagan: Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:30:00 -0800

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.

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Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:30:00 -0800

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.

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Anne Fadiman: The Wine Lover's Daughter

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Anne Fadiman discusses topics from The Wine Lover’s Daughter: wine, literature, and her father Clifton.

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William H. Gass Tribute

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:30:00 -0800

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.

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Charmaine Craig: Miss Burma

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:30:00 -0800

A moody historical novel, Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig explores history as it is inscribed in the souls of a rather special Burmese family.

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Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Without spoilers, we discuss the intricate surprises and complex modes of disclosure in Jennifer Egan's new novel Manhattan Beach.

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Wallace Shawn: Night Thoughts

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0800

This show features a dramatic and emotional reading by writer/actor Wallace Shawn of an excerpt from Night Thoughts, his book-length essay. (REPEAT)

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Mark Danielewski: The Familiar, Volume 5

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0800

The Familiar, Volume 5: Redwood, by Mark Danielewski, closes Season One of a serial novel imagined as a vast TV series.

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Sparks (Part II)

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0800

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.

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Sparks (Part I)

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0700

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.

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Eileen Myles: Afterglow (a dog memoir)

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Beloved writer Eileen Myles didn't make up the dog but she did make up Afterglow (a dog memoir).

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Kazuo Ishiguro

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0700

We sample 25 years of Bookworm conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize Laureate for literature.  

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Stephen Greenblatt: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0700

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.

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Nicole Krauss: Forest Dark

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0700

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.

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Andrew Sean Greer: Less

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:30:00 -0700

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. 

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Matthew Klam: Who Is Rich?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:30:00 -0700

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?  

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Mark Z. Danielewski: The Familiar

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:30:00 -0700

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.

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George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part II)

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:30:00 -0700

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]

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George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I)

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes." [REPEAT]

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