November 7, 2019
Lynda Barry and Chris Ware discuss the culture of comics, and their new books,  Making Comics  and  Rusty Brown .
October 31, 2019
John Freeman and Robin Coste Lewis discuss  Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on California .
October 24, 2019
In tribute, from the archives, a conversation with Harold Bloom (1930-2019) in his apartment to talk about his book, The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible. A discussion officially about the great King James...
October 17, 2019
Benjamin Moser’s Sontag: Her Life and Work is interested in the writing and ideas of Susan Sontag.
October 10, 2019
Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte is explored as a modern take on the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, with the opera Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet a strong influence.
October 3, 2019
Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte depicts the pleasures of fiction.
September 26, 2019
The structure of Emma Donoghue’s  Akin  leads the reader through one surprise after another.
September 19, 2019
Language-loving twin sisters discover themselves united by passion but separated by needs in The Grammarians, the eleventh book by Cathleen Schine.
September 12, 2019
Dunce, by Mary Ruefle, finds meaning everywhere.
September 5, 2019
Katya Apekina’s novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish has a dark sense of humor, and an interest in the soul.
August 29, 2019
Sarah Rose Etter’s  The Book of X  belongs to a literary conversation about the grotesque and surreal.
August 22, 2019
Characters with DNA, blood and soul populate forty three stories and a novella by Peter Orner:  Maggie Brown & Others .
August 15, 2019
From the archives, a highly resonate conversation with Toni Morrison about transfiguring love, as portrayed in her novel  Beloved .
August 8, 2019
Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison passed away this week at 88 years of age.  Bookworm is rebroadcasting a 2009 conversation with her about her novel, A Mercy.*
August 1, 2019
Literary legends Captain Ahab and Captain Nemo are pitted against each other by real life engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in Howard Rodman’s  The Great Eastern.
July 19, 2019
The poetry in Ariana Reines's  A Sand Book  is centered around the theme of hiding: running away and trying to escape.
July 18, 2019
Ocean Vuong speaks of leaving his thumbprint within his new novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.
July 11, 2019
Editor/poet David Trinidad, poet Amy Gerstler, and publisher Ruth Greenstein reflect on the dynamic mind behind  Punk Rock is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith .
June 27, 2019
David Trinidad’s Swinging on a Star is a two-part collection of poems that put the human in pop culture.
June 20, 2019
Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans is a polyphonic novel about social class and identity, with a revelation in every chapter.
June 13, 2019
A stunning graphic novel by one of the medium’s greatest creators, Seth’s Clyde Fans is about people living in a memory fog, and the strange reverie that life takes on when one grows older.
June 6, 2019
Ben’s life falls down around him, and he’s the protagonist, in  A Wonderful Stroke of Luck , by master writer Ann Beattie.
May 30, 2019
The Parade,  by Dave Eggers, is a book of creeping dread, where every worst thing is possible, and rational reason leads one to expect that the worst is not over.
May 23, 2019
About the interdependence between humans and trees, Richard Powers found a place for the non-human in literary fiction with his new book,   The Overstory .
May 16, 2019
Seventy sonnets written in the first two hundred days of Trump's presidency,  American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin , by Terrance Hayes, flies out of the cages of literary, cultural, and historical forms. Warning:  Today's episode...
May 9, 2019
The stories in Heads of the Colored People, by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, try to capture what’s human in what otherwise may only be trends.
May 2, 2019
Her fourth book, which took her six years to write, An American Marriage brought Tayari Jones to the attention of Oprah’s Book Club.
April 25, 2019
John Lanchester’s The Wall is a wild love story with a dystopian backdrop.
April 18, 2019
In Nathan Englander’s , a secular Jewish son experiments with the task of shepherding his father’s soul safely to rest.
April 11, 2019
Chris Cander’s  The Weight of a Piano  explores characters with passionate attachments to things that have been lost.
April 4, 2019
Valeria Luiselli's Lost Children Archive tells the story of a family by combining the American road trip subgenre with the Latin American tradition of an inward journey.
March 28, 2019
Her nature oppositional, Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway is a sad, funny, hilarious, and melancholic novel.
March 21, 2019
In Yiyun Li’s Where Reasons End, a mother discovers a place where she can talk to her son who committed suicide.
March 14, 2019
Marlon James discusses the endlessly beautiful and brutal world of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first novel in The Dark Star Trilogy.
March 7, 2019
Sea Monsters is a fascinatingly consistent and exquisitely shaped novel by Chloe Aridjis.
February 28, 2019
Bookworm alumnus Dennis Cooper, and collaborator Zac Farley, discuss the creative impulses behind their film Permanent Green Light.
February 21, 2019
A novel that presents ambiguity as a constant feature of modern life,   Hark   is a book full of tensions, written with Sam Lipsyte’s fine grain strangeness, and absent of easy answers.
February 14, 2019
A writer of ten novels in French, Holy Lands is the first novel by Amanda Sthers to appear in English, translated by herself.
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