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January 01, 1990 - October 05, 2012 + Bookworm

Joanna Scott listen Download

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Follow Me (Little, Brown)It has been said that life is like a river, and the river in this novel twists and turns, changes direction and may...

Abdellah Taia listen Download

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Salvation Army (Semiotext(e)) In Abdellah Taïa's family and in his native country, homosexuality is surrounded by silence. All sorts of behaviors are tolerated if they are not...

T.C. Boyle listen Download

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The Women (Viking)This richly layered conversation with T.C. Boyle centers on the subjects of art and arrogance. The Women is a biographical novel, a fiction derived...

A Whitman Tribute listen Download

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Eamon Grennan: Matter of Fact (Graywolf)Major Jackson: Hoops (Norton)Pattiann Rogers: Wayfare (Penguin) Three poets join us on Bookworm to celebrate Walt Whitman. They read from Leaves...

Robin Romm listen Download

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The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks (Scribner) Fact and fiction. Robin Romm has written a book of short stories and now a memoir arising...

Frank Bidart, Part II listen Download

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Watching the Spring Festival: Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) For Frank Bidart, the act of reading poetry aloud involves the entire body... (Part I of this...

Frank Bidart, Part I listen Download

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Watching the Spring Festival: Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) The word most frequently used to describe Frank Bidart’s poetry is “intense.” (Part II of this interview...

John Haskell listen Download

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Out of My Skin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) An existential novel (think Camus’ The Stranger) LA-style. When a celebrity impersonator trains the hero in the art of...

Rae Armantrout listen Download

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Versed (Wesleyan University Press)Rae Armantrout has been associated with the Language-centered poets of the eighties, a group often accused of overly cerebral poetry derived from theory. Now,...

Micheline Aharonian Marcom listen Download

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The Mirror in the Well (Dalkey Archive) Micheline Marcom's works squeeze themselves between uncomfortable alternatives: Is her new novel, The Mirror in the Well, erotic or...

Sparks: The Art of the Popular Song listen Download

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Kimono My House  (Island Def Jam); Exotic Creatures of the Deep (Lil' Beethoven)After years of yearning, Bookworm talks with his favorite rock band about the...

Azar Nafisi listen Download

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Things I've Been Silent About: Memories (Random House)Azar Nafisi is one of the most powerful advocates literature has. After writing Reading Lolita in Tehran, her memoir...

Toni Morrison, Part II listen Download

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A Mercy (Knopf)In this second half of our two-part interview with Toni Morrison, the conversation continues in an attempt to discover the way a novel...

Toni Morrison, Part I listen Download

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A Mercy (Knopf)In this first of two conversations with Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, we explore the backgrounds of her novel, A Mercy.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum listen Download

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Ms. Hempel Chronicles (Harcourt)What is a middle-school teacher? Is Ms. Hempel the old-maid meanie we remember fearing in childhood? Or is she, as she believes, a...