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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Warren Lehrer's interest in the look and shape of books has led him to become "an illuminated novelist." We discuss the future of books, authorship and print itself.
T.C. Boyle's latest book demonstrates the breadth of his years as a story-teller. Now in his 60's he is turning towards the uncertainties of age and our planet's destiny. …
Valerie Martin on her fascination with the ship Mary Celeste, found floating with no crew off the coast of Spain in 1872. She says she does not believe in ghosts, but…
Hilton Als' first book in 14 years is a series of essays that defy easy categorization. His "white girls" are neither necessarily girls nor white….
Richard Powers says his new novel reveals that there's little difference between a passion and an idea.
Junot Diaz says Jaime Hernandez's illustrations for the deluxe new edition of his acclaimed collection of stories make their collaboration "rise to the level of jazz."
Blum on publishing his first book, and the riddle of a moral contained in its inscrutable 13-year-old antihero, a Bartlebian computer whiz with a vengeful streak.
Shteyngart wrote his memoir when he realized that his life story mirrored that of the 20th century, the saga of one failed superpower giving way to another failing one.
Ben Estes, Alan Felsenthal and Amanda Nadelberg read poems from Alfred Starr Hamlton's "Dreambox" and reflect on their experience editing this unsung enchanter.
Esteemed German literary critic Denis Scheck joins us for a special international "meeting of the minds" to appraise the state of book criticism today.
James McCourt's novelistic memoir collages together vignettes of personal and queer community history in the New York City of mid-century.
Iranian author Goli Taraghi's recent collection translates many of her short stories of the past forty years into English for the first time.
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."
A trenchant "comic journalist" depicting the horrors of human conflicts, Joe Sacco's latest work is an astonishing panorama of the Battle of the Somme...
its 40th-anniversary, Jong clarifies "Fear of Flying's" earnest philosophical
motives, and identifies her literary influences, from Shakespeare to Pauline
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.
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