KCRW's Bookworm

KCRW's Bookworm


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.More from KCRW's Bookworm »

Most Recent Episodes

Patrick Ness: A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls – about a boy facing tremendous conflict with a bully at school, well-meaning inattentive teachers, and a dying mother – was actually already a story begun by another writer, who died before finishing it.

Rabih Alameddine: The Angel of History

Rabih Alameddine's The Angel of History takes place as much in the protagonist's head as it does in a psych ward where he checks himself in for a bit of rest while he battles the voices in his head.

Mitch Sisskind: Do Not Be a Gentleman When You say Goodnight

Mitch Sisskind's Do Not Be a Gentleman When You Say Goodnight is a distillation of nearly fifty years of brilliant comic writing.

Mitch Sisskind: Do Not Be a Gentleman When You say Goodnight

Peter Orner: Am I Alone Here?

When novelist Peter Orner's father died, he found himself unable to write. At the same time, his marriage fell apart. He consoled himself by reading and started to write responses to the literature that gave him comfort.

TC Boyle: The Terranauts

TC Boyle's The Terranauts centers around eight earth explorers who lock themselves up in E2, a biodome created to mimic earth and test the viability of a self-sustained environment. But what happens between the eight terranauts and their mission control has a bigger impact on sustainability than science had counted on.

Tessa Hadley: The Past

Tessa Hadley's book, The Past, has at its center a summer vacation home, and the four middle-aged siblings who come together to decide whether to sell it or not.

Ann Patchett: Commonwealth

Ann Patchett's latest novel, Commonwealth, follows fifty-two years in the life of a large family. The idea of the book came to her because as a bookstore owner, she saw that what was missing from the shelves was the story of a big, modern family.

Jonathan Safran Foer: Here I Am

The hero of Here I Am is a pun-loving television writer who is pummeled by the loss of everything he values. This novel expands a family crisis into a global crisis which threatens the state of Israel.

Nicholson Baker: Substitute

Nicholson Baker's Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids was born of a desire to write a book articulating his theories about education – theories based on having had kids in school. Realizing his premise was weak, as he'd never been a teacher, he embarked on the adventure of a lifetime by becoming a substitute teacher.

Nadja Spiegelman: I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This

Since memory is not only malleable but unreliable, which version of the truth will prevail?

Nadja Spiegelman: I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This

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