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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 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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Bookworm listeners are invited to participate in the first ever KCRW BOOKWORM BOOK CLUB, hosted on Facebook. Click here, log in to Facebook, and locate the "Ask to Join Group" link at the top right of the facebook page!


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Emma Donoghue: Frog Music

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Jeff Jackson: Mira Corpora

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Jeff VanderMeer: Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance

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Dustin Long: Bad Teeth

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Michelle Huneven: Off Course

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John Banville (Benjamin Black): Black-Eyed Blonde

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Yiyun Li: Kinder than Solitude

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T.C. Boyle: Stories II

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Warren Lehrer: A Life in Books

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Valerie Martin: The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

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Hilton Als: White Girls

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Richard Powers: Orfeo

Richard Powers says his new novel reveals that there's little difference between a passion and an idea. more >>

Jaime Hernandez and Junot Diaz: This Is How You Lose Her

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." more >>

Jonathan Blum: Last Word

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Gary Shteyngart: Little Failure

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Alfred Starr Hamilton: A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind

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Denis Scheck, German literary critic and host of 'Druckfrisch'

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James McCourt: Lasting City

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Michael Silverblatt

Bookworm Michael Silverblatt is the guy authors go to when they want a serious literary conversation about their writing, because Michael reads everything they’ve ever written, often surprising the authors with insights about their work that they themselves hadn’t realized.

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Connie Alvarez, Alan Howard, Jane Parshall

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