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.

Most Recent Episodes

Patrick deWitt: Undermajordomo Minor

Patrick deWitt's latest book follows his penchant for building humiliation into his novels. 

Bill Clegg: Did You Ever Have a Family

Bill Clegg makes the transition from memoirist to novelist. His book and its title are a statement on the kindness of strangers and the necessity to fashion one's own family.

Ann Beattie: The State We're In

In The State We're In: Maine Stories, Ann Beattie deftly and effortlessly takes the ingredients that make up short stories and shakes them up to create something new and beautiful. 

Jonathan Franzen: Purity

Jonathan Franzen's latest book is an exploration of intensely intimate relationships and the inevitability of their destructive effects. 

Bonnie Nadzam and Dale Jamieson: Love in the Anthropocene

Fiction writer Bonnie Nadzam and environmental philosopher, Dale Jamieson, worked together to write Love in the Anthropocene, a collection of five short stories that describe a very near future in which nature as we know it no longer exists.  

Salman Rushdie: Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Salman Rushdie: Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Dodie Bellamy: When the Sick Rule the World

In this collection of prose pieces, Bellamy explodes the essay form into poetry, personal memoire and literary analysis

William T. Vollmann: The Dying Grass, Part II

The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War is the fifth book in Vollman's seven-book series about loss and transformation of the North American continent, this novel dramatizes a power grab disguised as a race war between Native Americans and settlers. 

William T. Vollmann: The Dying Grass, Part I

The rise of corporate America begins with the ruthless acquisition of Indian land in this massively researched epic which evokes the language, the food, and the lost customs of the Nez Perce.  This is the first of two conversations about William Vollman?s novel of the 1877 war that destroyed the Nez Perce. 

Allison Green: The Ghosts Who Travel with Me

A conversation with the author and Emily Goldman of Ooligan Press.

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