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

Joe McGinniss Jr: Carousel Court

A married couple wind up in a wasteland of foreclosed houses and abandoned homes.

Tom McCarthy: Satin Island

Tom McCarthy's Satin Island features a protagonist who, as his company's corporate anthropologist, has been given the enormous task of compiling a report summing up the modern era.

Tom Lutz: Drinking Mare's Milk on the Roof of the World

In his travels to more than 100 countries – some dangerous, some surprisingly not – Tom Lutz finds that the more places he goes, the more the world leaves him a little bit lost.

Tom Lutz: Drinking Mare's Milk on the Roof of the World

Michelle Latiolais: She

Neither a novel nor a collection of stories, the "fictions" in She weave together a composite view of Los Angeles.

Constantine Phipps: What You Want

A tale of the ordinary, everyday quest for contentedness — written entirely in heroic couplets.

Vivian Gornick: The Odd Woman and the City

Vivian Gornick's memoir The Odd Woman and the City takes us on a tour of a life that is lived by walking, observing and talking. Gornick keeps her eyes open, and does she ever have a mouth on her!

Vivian Gornick: The Odd Woman and the City

Geoff Dyer: White Sands

Paradoxically, Geoff Dyer begins his attempt to locate America by first traveling to Tahiti. There, he discovers that Gauguin's vision of it no longer exists – if it ever really did. Can he find the soul of America in its landscapes?

Louise Erdrich: LaRose, Part II

In part two of this conversation about LaRose – Louise Erdrich's novel about an act of restorative justice that tests the boundaries between two families – the discussion explores the non-linear form the novel moves in towards seeking balance and resolution.

Louise Erdrich: LaRose, Part I

Louise Erdrich: LaRose (Harper) 978-0062277022 Read an excerpt from LaRose.

Joyce Carol Oates: The Man Without a Shadow

Joyce Carol Oates raises questions about memory – ethics, what it means to love, identity, and the ability to engage, and takes us on a trip down memory lane with a reading from a previous memoir recounting her favorite bad-for-you childhood foods.

Joyce Carol Oates: The Man Without a Shadow

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