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.
KCRW's Bookworm

KCRW's Bookworm

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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

Michelle Huneven: 'Search'

Los Angeles-based author Michelle Huneven joins Evan Kleiman to discuss her latest book, "Search." In this engaging and funny literary fiction novel, main character Dana Potowski writes a memoir that describes the steps of her Unitarian Universalist Church congregation's year-long search for its new minister and the challenges they encounter.

Natalia Molina: 'A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community'

Natalia Molina tells the story of Nayarit, her grandmother's Mexican restaurant, a space that became a cherished hub for immigrants and the LGBTQ community in Echo Park.

Natalia Molina: 'A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community'

Emily Skillings and John Yau: John Ashbery's "Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinis...

Editor/poet Emily Skillings and poet/critic John Yau speak about an iconic poet of the 21st century, John Ashbery, and his posthumous book, "Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinished Longer Works."

Emily Skillings and John Yau: John Ashbery's "Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinis...

Rita Dove: "Playlist for the Apocalypse" (Re-air)

Rita Dove's new book of poetry, "Playlist for the Apocalypse," goes in many different historical and personal directions.

Robert Jones, Jr.: "The Prophets" (Re-air)

The debut novel of Robert Jones, Jr., "The Prophets," is lyrical prose about the dimensionality and interiority of people.

Paul Tran's wildly impressive debut poetry book, 'All the Flowers Kneeling'

Paul Tran says that poetry can live on a page. This show discusses the abundant life in their debut poetry book, "All the Flowers Kneeling." Tran joins guest host Shawn Sullivan to explore the book's four sections as well as its notes.

Paul Tran's wildly impressive debut poetry book, 'All the Flowers Kneeling'

Tobias Wolff on Harry Crews' 'A Childhood: The Biography of a Place'

Writer Tobias Wolff speaks about a dark book that remains loving, Harry Crews 1978 classic "A Childhood: The Biography of a Place." Wolff wrote the foreword to its Penguin Classics re-release, which joins a number of Crews' works in the series.

Tao Lin's 'Leave Society' shifts the author's perspective to love and kindness

Acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist Tao Lin ("Taipei," "Shoplifting from American Apparel") speaks about growing as a writer, and growing his idea of himself in a book, including his latest, "Leave Society," about the blurred lines between life and fiction.

Tao Lin's 'Leave Society' shifts the author's perspective to love and kindness

Zac Smith's 'Everything is Totally Fine,' the book that reopened Tao Lin's Muumuu House

Author Zac Smith speaks about the extreme juxtaposition of the very short, dense, and clipped stories in his new book, "Everything is Totally Fine." He says that by removing a lot of exposition, he was able to create intense emotions in a small space. His energetic and thoughtful stories of absurdity and minutiae are things that could not be said any other way, and usually don't get said. Plus, special guest Tao Lin explains why "Everything is Totally Fine" inspired him to reopen his Muumuu House imprint after it was closed for more than ten years.

Zac Smith's 'Everything is Totally Fine,' the book that reopened Tao Lin's Muumuu House

Sarah Manguso's 'Very Cold People' and life's overwhelming small moments

A distinguished writer of books in various forms — poetry, essay, memoir — Sarah Manguso embarks on her first novel with "Very Cold People," a striking work about what it means to be human. She discusses how she came to be the person and writer she seems to be now, and why it was necessary to write fiction to make the kind of book about Massachusetts she wanted to make. This deeply moving novel portrays being overwhelmed by the small moments of life, and documents the experience of being a criticized child.

Sarah Manguso's 'Very Cold People' and life's overwhelming small moments