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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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie prefers thorny, resistant characters to likeable ones. She talks about why readers shouldn't settle for characters that are less than difficult.
Reading David Sedaris is like watching an aerialist. His famed humor pieces take escalating risks while never failing to bring off smooth, astonishing landings.
A troubled teen who seeks refuge from the demon of addiction is also a symbol for a host of social ills in post-socialist Chile and present-day America.
Inspired by an iconic American image, Marisa Silver's Mary Coin imagines the fabric of life behind Dorothea Lange's depression-era photograph, "Migrant Mother."
Alice Fulton wants to "dirty" lyric poetry by making it bear witness to the grievous geo-politics of the present.
Rae Armantrout's poems apprehend the world as a place charged by the nonexistent supernatural. For her, the eerie thing is that ghosts don't exist.
Pura Lopez-Colomé's poetry, translated by Forrest Gander, envisions the body as a mystically rich reservoir of experience and language.
Aleksandar Hemon takes us though his life from his childhood in Sarajevo -- from the public tragedy of warfare to the private catastrophe of the loss of his child.
Margaret Atwood has embraced the frontiers of online literary culture. She reflects on her exploration of literary innovation and why Hermes is the patron of the new(s).
A novel of multiple voices, motorcycles, and swift zigzags between separate times and places.
David Shields explores the power of the written word in his new book of essays.
Mohsin Hamid mocks the self-help genre in his new novel.
The brazen, satirical stories in Sam Lipsyte's latest book incite reactions that run the gamut from anger to outrage to sheer hilarity.
Set on the Princeton campus in 1905, a penetrating social commentary masquerades as a classic American Gothic.
Ondaatje discusses his turn from concealment to revelation and reflects on the magic of youth.
How did Jess Walter make the leap between his romantic novel, "Beautiful Ruins," and the end-of-the-world sadness of his stories in "We Live in Water?"
The recently named the first poet laureate of the City of Los Angeles reads selections from her new collection and reflects on what it means to be a poet of place today. …
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