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!
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its 40th-anniversary, Jong clarifies "Fear of Flying's" earnest philosophical
motives, and identifies her literary influences, from Shakespeare to Pauline
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." …
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.
After the deaths of husband and daughter, Joan Didion wrote the most personal and poetic book of her impressive career...
James Franco says literature was his emotional and intellectual escape valve from the alternate reality of filmmaking, performance, and celebrity.
Allan Gurganus says the three novellas that comprise his new book, "Local Souls," were written as modern fables or fairy tales.
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.
Four linked novellas explore the poignant interior lives of small-town characters who are usually unseen and unknown.
Nicholson Baker, poet of small accuracies, shows us how if you assemble enough of these small accuracies, you've got a novel.
Jonathan Lethem’s latest chronicles a lost generation of Jewish socialists who lived in Queens in the mid-twentieth century.
An aristocratic Liberian woman is left bereft and exiled on a remote Aegean island during her country's second civil war…
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.
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.
This garden of literary and visual delights, edited by Russ Kick, wondrously illustrates the arc of 20th century literature by over 80 graphic artists.
Mark Slouka explores passion as an alternative to irony in the creation of dramatic, lyrical prose.
Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam completes the dystopian trilogy that began with "Oryx and Crake" and "The Year of the Flood."
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