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Bookworm



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



Copyright: KCRW 2017
 



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)


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-wallace_shawn_night_thoughts-170810.mp3




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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-mark_danielewski_the_familiar_volume_5-171116.mp3




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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-sparks_part_ii-171109.mp3




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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-sparks_part_i-171102.mp3




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).


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-eileen_myles_afterglow_a_dog_memoir-171026.mp3




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.  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-kazuo_ishiguro-171019.mp3




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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-stephen_greenblatt_the_rise_and_fall_of_adam_and_eve-171012.mp3




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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-nicole_krauss_forest_dark-171005.mp3




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. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-andrew_sean_greer_less-170928.mp3




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?  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-matthew_klam_who_is_rich-170921.mp3




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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-mark_z_danielewski_the_familiar-170914.mp3




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]


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-george_saunders_lincoln_in_the_bardo_part_ii-170907.mp3




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]


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-george_saunders_lincoln_in_the_bardo_part_i-170323.mp3




Danzy Senna: New People

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

In her novel New People, Danzy Senna relishes kicking political correctness to the curb. She believes that irony and humor are more effective than earnestness when writing about race and gender


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-danzy_senna_new_people-170824.mp3




Ryan Gattis: Safe

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Ryan Gattis reveals that one day he got a call, asking if he'd like to watch a former gang member crack a safe.  Thus, the novel Safe was born.  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-ryan_gattis_safe-170817.mp3




Deborah Treisman: The Dream Colony

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

The Dream Colony: A Life in Art is a posthumous memoir that captures the dazzling verbal gifts of Los Angeles art curator Walter Hopps.  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-deborah_treisman_the_dream_colony-170803.mp3




Arundhati Roy: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Trained as an architect, Roy reveals that she structured her novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness like an Indian metropolis where ancient neighborhoods collide with modern urban planning.  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-arundhati_roy_the_ministry_of_utmost_happiness-170727.mp3




Jim Gauer: Novel Explosives

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Quantum physics, the theory of relativity, and the miracle of the solar system fuel Novel Explosives, Jim Gauer’s ambitious and challenging novel.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-jim_gauer_novel_explosives-170720.mp3




Joshua Cohen: Moving Kings

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

In the family novel, Moving Kings, Joshua Cohen weaves together the tragedy of Israeli occupation with an American housing crisis.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-joshua_cohen_moving_kings-170713.mp3




Peter Cole: Hymns & Qualms

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Poet and translator Peter Cole reveals that his intention is to yoke together beauty and terror in his new book Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-peter_cole_hymns_qualms-170706.mp3




Zachary Mason: Void Star

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Zachary Mason insists that Void Star is not cyber-punk  Although it is set more than 100 years in the future during climate catastrophe, he describes the novel as literary fiction that uses science fiction and genre elements.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-zachary_mason_void_star-170629.mp3




Alan Felsenthal: Lowly

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Alan Felsenthal's first book of poetry, Lowly, moves in the direction of the visionary, the mystical and the metaphysical.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-alan_felsenthal_lowly-170622.mp3




Yiyun Li: Dear Friend, from My Life, I Write to You in Your Life

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Written about a time when she was hospitalized for depression, Yiyun Li's Dear Friend, from My Life, I Write to You in Your Life is a combination of memoir and essay.  She believes that cherished writers saved her from sorrow and suicidal ideation.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-yiyun_li_dear_friend_from_my_life_i_write_to_you_in_your_life-170615.mp3




Colm Tóibín: House of Names

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

In his novel House of Names, Colm Tóibín finds, in adapting Greek tragedy, a home for all of his old concerns and room for new ones, too.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-colm_toibin_house_of_names-170608.mp3




Claudio Magris: Blameless

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

In Claudio Magris' Blameless, a museum of the implements of war and destruction is created to inspire peace. But this conversation is not just about war and peace.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-claudio_magris_blameless-170601.mp3




Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:30:00 -0700

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-morgan_parker_there_are_more_beautiful_things_than_beyonce-170525.mp3




Brad Gooch: Rumi's Secret

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Biographer Brad Gooch reveals that he traveled 2500 miles to trace Rumi's footsteps, learned Persian and spent eight years to write Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-brad_gooch_rumis_secret-170518.mp3




Richard Bausch: Living in the Weather of the World

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Has the feeling of doom become our weather? If so, Richard Bausch says he contends with contemporary life by writing about people coping with loss and sorrow.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-richard_bausch_living_in_the_weather_of_the_world-170511.mp3




Ron Padgett: Motor Maids across the Continent

Thu, 04 May 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Poet Ron Padgett reveals that in the 1960s, he found a dusty novel in a Manhattan bookstore. Originally written for teenage girls during World War I, Padgett has been playfully rewriting it ever since.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-ron_padgett_motor_maids_across_the_continent-170504.mp3




Steven Moore: My Back Pages

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Steven Moore has gathered his book reviews and essays that take us from the Beats and the Fifties to practically yesterday or even tomorrow. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-steven_moore_my_back_pages-170427.mp3




Julian Talamantez Brolaski: Of Mongrelitude

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Talamantez Brolaski is trans-gender and describes himself as a multi-gendered, racial and linguistic mongrel.  His poems chart a journey out of pain, confusion and darkness into a visionary state.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-julian_talamantez_brolaski_of_mongrelitude-170420.mp3




Elif Batuman: The Idiot

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent.  Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-elif_batuman_the_idiot-170413.mp3




George Toles: Paul Thomas Anderson

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Screenwriter and critic George Toles' study of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson focuses on his more recent films, including Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood and The Master. Toles values tracking his deepest personal experiences while watching a movie.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-george_toles_paul_thomas_anderson-170406.mp3




Emil Ferris: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:30:00 -0700

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Emil Ferris' debut graphic novel, is the diary of a ten-year-old girl obsessed with monsters who also believes she herself is a werewolf. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-emil_ferris_my_favorite_thing_is_monsters-170316.mp3




Gary Groth on Fantagraphics and the art of the graphic novel

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

Gary Groth, editor of Fantagraphics, publisher of some of the most notable graphic novels today, discusses the rise of comics, what makes a good graphic novel, and what his selection process is like.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-gary_groth_on_fantagraphics_and_the_art_of_the_graphic_novel-170309.mp3




Álvaro Enrigue: Sudden Death

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Álvaro Enrigue's Sudden Death is the wild tale of a tennis match between the poet Francisco de Quevedo and the artist Caravaggio that transcends time and involves other historically transformative, and often combative, figures. Enrigue, who calls his impulse to write "visceral and erratic," was angered into starting this book by the 2008 financial crisis.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-alvaro_enrigue_sudden_death-170302.mp3




Rachel Cusk: Transit

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

Rachel Cusk's novel Transit is the second in a planned trilogy. Cusk believes that humans have an innate grasp of form, a gift that makes us story-tellers. But the stories we tell ourselves can become traps.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-rachel_cusk_transit-170223.mp3




Steve Erickson: Shadowbahn

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0800

In Erickson's intense, absorbing novel, the Twin Towers suddenly re-appear in the Dakota Badlands. This road novel is a trip through a phantom country where the American dream was never realized.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-steve_erickson_shadowbahn-170215.mp3




Michael Tolkin: NK3

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

The North Koreans have tested a weapon called NK3, a weaponized nano-bacterium designed to confuse South Koreans. The test has spread around the world. As a result, the world has lost its memory. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-michael_tolkin_nk3-170209.mp3




Ron Padgett: Collected Poems

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Padgett's poems stand in for the poems written by a bus driver in the Jim Jarmusch movie Paterson. Padgett experiences writing poetry as a natural activity, rather like brushing his teeth.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-ron_padgett_collected_poems-170202.mp3




Ottessa Moshfegh: Homesick for Another World (Part II)

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

In the second half of our conversation with Ottessa Moshfegh, the author discusses her discomfort in this world but admits that there is a touch of self-parody in the title of this collection of stories. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-ottessa_moshfegh_homesick_for_another_world_part_ii-170126.mp3




Ottessa Moshfegh: Homesick for Another World (Part I)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

In the first of two conversations with Ottessa Moshfegh, the author reveals that she doesn't feel comfortable in this world. Her characters long for another world, as does Moshfegh.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-ottessa_moshfegh_homesick_for_another_world-170119.mp3




Lynne Tillman: The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Lynne Tillman's The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories, is a unique blend of short fiction, essays, and philosophical musings that defy categorization. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-lynne_tillman_the_complete_madame_realism_and_other_stories-170112.mp3




Don DeLillo: Zero K

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

In Don DeLillo's latest novel, Zero K, the practice of cryonics or freezing oneself to be awakened later, is in full, but secret swing.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160505don_delillo_zero_k.mp3




Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Colson Whitehead's new great American novel depicts a real underground railroad that transports a fugitive slave to stops that defy time and history, highlighting the daily struggles of black people, past and present.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-colson_whitehead_the_underground_railroad-160915.mp3




Patrick Ness: A Monster Calls

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls – about a boy facing tremendous conflict with a bully at school, well-meaning inattentive teachers, and a dying mother – was actually already a story begun by another writer, who died before finishing it.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-patrick_ness_a_monster_calls-161222.mp3




Rabih Alameddine: The Angel of History

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Rabih Alameddine's The Angel of History takes place as much in the protagonist's head as it does in a psych ward where he checks himself in for a bit of rest while he battles the voices in his head.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-rabih_alameddine_the_angel_of_history-161215.mp3




Mitch Sisskind: Do Not Be a Gentleman When You say Goodnight

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Mitch Sisskind's Do Not Be a Gentleman When You Say Goodnight is a distillation of nearly fifty years of brilliant comic writing.  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-mitch_sisskind_do_not_be_a_gentleman_when_you_say_goodnight-161208.mp3




Peter Orner: Am I Alone Here?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

When novelist Peter Orner's father died, he found himself unable to write. At the same time, his marriage fell apart. He consoled himself by reading and started to write responses to the literature that gave him comfort. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-peter_orner_am_i_alone_here-161201.mp3




Kate Tempest: The Bricks that Built the Houses

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Rapper, poet, playwright and now novelist, Kate Tempest always knew she would write The Bricks that Built the Houses as an accompaniment to the characters in her record Everybody Down. (Rebroadcast)


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-kate_tempest_the_bricks_that_built_the_houses.mp3




TC Boyle: The Terranauts

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0800

TC Boyle's The Terranauts centers around eight earth explorers who lock themselves up in E2, a biodome created to mimic earth and test the viability of a self-sustained environment. But what happens between the eight terranauts and their mission control has a bigger impact on sustainability than science had counted on.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-tc_boyle_the_terranauts-161117.mp3




Tessa Hadley: The Past

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Tessa Hadley's book, The Past, has at its center a summer vacation home, and the four middle-aged siblings who come together to decide whether to sell it or not. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-tessa_hadley_the_past-161110.mp3




Ann Patchett: Commonwealth

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Ann Patchett's latest novel, Commonwealth, follows fifty-two years in the life of a large family. The idea of the book came to her because as a bookstore owner, she saw that what was missing from the shelves was the story of a big, modern family.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-ann_patchett_commonwealth-161103.mp3




Jonathan Safran Foer: Here I Am

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0700

The hero of Here I Am is a pun-loving television writer who is pummeled by the loss of everything he values.  This novel expands a family crisis into a global crisis which threatens the state of Israel.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-jonathan_safran_foer_here_i_am-161027.mp3




Nicholson Baker: Substitute

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Nicholson Baker's Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids was born of a desire to write a book articulating his theories about education – theories based on having had kids in school. Realizing his premise was weak, as he'd never been a teacher, he embarked on the adventure of a lifetime by becoming a substitute teacher. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-nicholson_baker_substitute-161020.mp3




Nadja Spiegelman: I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Since memory is not only malleable but unreliable, which version of the truth will prevail?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-nadja_spiegelman_im_supposed_to_protect_you_from_all_this-161013.mp3




Jacqueline Woodson: Another Brooklyn

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Another Brooklyn, award-winning Young Adult novelist Jacqueline Woodson's first novel for adults in twenty years, tells the story of childhood friends as they grow into women. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-jacqueline_woodson_another_brooklyn-161006.mp3




Marisa Silver: Little Nothing

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0700

An ugly young dwarf girl transforms first into a beauty, then into a tall woman, then into a wolf. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-marisa_silver_little_nothing-160929.mp3




Affinity Konar: Mischling

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0700

In Auschwitz, the infamous Dr. Mengele conducted horrifying physical and psychological experiments on concentration camp prisoners. Affinity Konar's Mischling (meaning mixed blood) is the story of twin sisters who find themselves imprisoned in Dr. Mengele's "zoo."


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-affinity_konar_mischling-160922.mp3




Adam Fitzgerald: George Washington

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Adam Fitzgerald's poetry in George Washington: Poems comes across as playful while exploring the concept of Americana and what that means. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-adam_fitzgerald_george_washington-160908.mp3




Krys Lee: How I Became a North Korean

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Krys Lee's first novel dramatizes boundaries and borders – not just political ones but those that complicate human relationships.  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-krys_lee_how_i_became_a_north_korean-160901.mp3




Joe McGinniss Jr: Carousel Court

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:30:00 -0700

A married couple wind up in a wasteland of foreclosed houses and abandoned homes.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-joe_mcginniss_jr_carousel_court-160825.mp3




Tom McCarthy: Satin Island

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Tom McCarthy's Satin Island features a protagonist who, as his company's corporate anthropologist, has been given the enormous task of compiling a report summing up the modern era.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-tom_mccarthy_satin_island-160818.mp3




Tom Lutz: Drinking Mare's Milk on the Roof of the World

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:30:00 -0700

In his travels to more than 100 countries – some dangerous, some surprisingly not – Tom Lutz finds that the more places he goes, the more the world leaves him a little bit lost.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-tom_lutz_drinking_mares_milk_on_the_roof_of_the_world-160811.mp3




Michelle Latiolais: She

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Neither a novel nor a collection of stories, the "fictions" in She  weave together a composite view of Los Angeles.  


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-michelle_latiolais_she.mp3




Constantine Phipps: What You Want

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

A tale of the ordinary, everyday quest for contentedness -- written entirely in heroic couplets.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-constantine_phipps_what_you_want.mp3




Vivian Gornick: The Odd Woman and the City

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Vivian Gornick's memoir The Odd Woman and the City takes us on a tour of a life that is lived by walking, observing and talking. Gornick keeps her eyes open, and does she ever have a mouth on her!


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-vivian_gornick_the_odd_woman_and_the_city.mp3




Geoff Dyer: White Sands

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Paradoxically, Geoff Dyer begins his attempt to locate America by first traveling to Tahiti. There, he discovers that Gauguin’s vision of it no longer exists – if it ever really did. Can he find the soul of America in its landscapes?


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-geoff_dyer_white_sands.mp3




Louise Erdrich: LaRose, Part II

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

In part two of this conversation about LaRose – Louise Erdrich's novel about an act of restorative justice that tests the boundaries between two families – the discussion explores the non-linear form the novel moves in towards seeking balance and resolution.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-louise_erdrich_larose_part_ii.mp3




Louise Erdrich: LaRose, Part I

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:30:00 -0700

In Louise Erdrich's LaRose, a terrible tragedy forces two families to resort to a form of traditional "restorative justice" in which one son must be given to replace the loss of another. Erdrich talks about this act as an attempt at restoring balance in a tight knit community where healing can take generations.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-louise_erdrich_larose_part_i.mp3




Joyce Carol Oates: The Man Without a Shadow

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Joyce Carol Oates raises questions about memory – ethics, what it means to love, identity, and the ability to engage, and takes us on a trip down memory lane with a reading from a previous memoir recounting her favorite bad-for-you childhood foods. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-joyce_carol_oates_the_man_without_a_shadow.mp3




A. Scott Berg: Max Perkins

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:30:00 -0700

A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins: Editor of Genius is the biography of Maxwell Perkins, a long time Scribner editor who worked with the likes of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-a_scott_berg_max_perkins.mp3




John Keene: Counternarratives

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:30:00 -0700

John Keene takes classic American narratives and stands them on their heads. In North and South American tales, he writes about the "others" (Indians, blacks, queers) to re-examine stories we think we know. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-john_keene_counternarratives.mp3




John D'Agata: The Making of the American Essay

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Despite 20 years of study, John D'Agata believes that we're still in the "Wild West" of coming to terms with the essay, its long heritage and its creation.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-john_dagata_the_making_of_the_american_essay.mp3




Valeria Luiselli: The Story of My Teeth

Thu, 19 May 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Originally commissioned to write a novel for Jumex, a Mexican beverage company and supporter of the arts, Luiselli instead chose to write a novel for Jumex's factory workers. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/KCRW-bookworm-valeria_luiselli_the_story_of_my_teeth.mp3




Garth Greenwell: What Belongs to You

Thu, 12 May 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Greenwell's first novel examines the relationship between an American teacher in Bulgaria with a male prostitute.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160512garth_greenwell_what.mp3




David Means: Hystopia

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:30:00 -0700

After four acclaimed short story collections, Means' first novel takes on the Vietnam War.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160428david_means_hystopia.mp3




Helen Macdonald: H Is for Hawk

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Helen Macdonald's new book is her account of working through her grief over her father's death by adopting and training a goshawk.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160421helen_macdonald_h_is.mp3




Christopher Sorrentino: The Fugitives

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:30:00 -0700

The characters of Christopher Sorrentino's novel are unreliable narrators. They're liars who hide the truth, not only from themselves but ultimately from the reader. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160414christopher_sorrenti.mp3




Greg Jackson: Prodigals

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Greg Jackson's new collection of eight stories follows the lives of youngish people of privilege on their journey to deconstruct just what their destination is supposed to be. But his characters might be running up against the mystery of themselves.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160407greg_jackson_prodiga.mp3




Brian Blanchfield: Proxies

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Blanchfield's essays reveal truths about a queer poet in the post-AIDS era.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160331brian_blanchfield_pr.mp3




Dana Spiotta: Innocents and Others

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Dana Spiotta's Innocents and Others tells the feminist story of how women make do in a male-dominated world through two female filmmaker best friends, and a third, troubled woman adept at beguiling powerful Hollywood men. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160324dana_spiotta_innocen.mp3




David Remnick and Deborah Treisman on fiction in the New Yorker

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:30:00 -0700

David Remnick and Deborah Treisman, editor and fiction editor, take us through the fiction at the New Yorker and how it has changed over the years. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160317david_remnick_and_de.mp3




Joshua Cohen: Book of Numbers

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Joshua Cohen's The Book of Numbers  follows the rise of the Internet through a protagonist he modeled after some of the web's biggest shapers, including Google's Sergey Brin, but mostly Apple's Steve Jobs.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160310joshua_cohen_book_of.mp3




Elizabeth McKenzie: The Portable Veblen

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Elizabeth McKenzie's half screwball romantic comedy and half critique of the conspicuous consumption of the leisure class, featuring a heroine named after the depressive American economist Thorstein Veblen and a cast that includes advice-giving squirrels.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160303elizabeth_mckenzie_t.mp3




Mark de Silva: Square Wave

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Philosopher Mark de Silva's debut novel shows what a novel can do when it goes off the beaten track.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160225mark_de_silva_square.mp3




Darryl Pinckney: Black Deutschland

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Darryl Pinckney talks about the attraction of leaving America to discover how to be an African-American in America.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160218darryl_pinckney_blac.mp3




Ryan Gattis: All Involved

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Ryan Gattis' new book, All Involved, is really a reconstitution of the L.A. riots from a person who wasn't there.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160211ryan_gattis_all_invo.mp3




Larissa MacFarquhar: Strangers Drowning

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about do-gooders who practice effective altruism. They don't care what others think of their extreme choices. They care about being effective.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160204larissa_macfarquhar_.mp3




Edmund de Waal: The White Road

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Edmund de Waal takes us on a vast journey into the history and heart, skin and bones of porcelain.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160128edmund_de_waal_the_w.mp3




Bruce Bauman: Broken Sleep

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Bruce Bauman's new novel is like a family with everyone, including the reader, struggling to find a place, a home, a sense of community.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160121bruce_bauman_broken_.mp3




Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Poets and editors CAConrad, Robert Dewhurst, and Joshua Beckman talk both about groundbreaking, boldly gay poet/activist, John Wieners, and about the process of compiling and honoring such a prolific poet with the selected works book.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160114supplication_selecte.mp3




Rick Moody: Hotels of North America

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Hotel reviews that really, become reviews on life.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw160107rick_moody_hotels_of.mp3




Salman Rushdie: Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 02:30:00 -0800

Salman Rushdie's version of The Arabian Nights, his attempt to understand what the through-line of the collection of classic tales is and partly as a portrait of the human race and its salvation. (Repeat)


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw150924salman_rushdie_two_y.mp3




Paul Murray: The Mark and the Void

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:30:00 -0800

Paul Murray's comic novel dramatizes an economic crisis in his native Ireland, one that imperils the vitality of Dublin's culture.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw151224paul_murray_the_mark.mp3




Eileen Myles: I Must Be Living Twice

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:30:00 -0800

Poet, fiction writer, essayist and dramatist Eileen Myles on success, the relevancy of poetry and surviving as a poet


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw151217eileen_myles_i_must_.mp3




Isabel Allende: The Japanese Lover

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:30:00 -0800

Allende brings her emotional wisdom to the love lives of three generations of post World War II Asian and Jewish characters.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw151210isabel_allende_the_j.mp3




Sandra Cisneros: A House of My Own

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:30:00 -0800

Sandra Cisneros, now in her sixties, looks back at her journey to find her voice, in a candid memoir woven from prose, photographs, and essays.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw151203sandra_cisneros_a_ho.mp3




Jonathan Franzen: Purity

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:30:00 -0800

Jonathan Franzen's latest book is an exploration of intensely intimate relationships and the inevitability of their destructive effects. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw151008jonathan_franzen_pur.mp3




Gary Indiana: I Can Give You Anything but Love

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:30:00 -0800

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. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/bw/bw151119gary_indiana_i_can_g.mp3