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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

    Charles Yu: Interior Chinatown

    Charles Yu: Interior Chinatown

    Charles Yu’s  Interior Chinatown  is a contemporary novel about dealing with the difficulty of being whoever you are.

    • 28 min
    Translators Suzanne Jill Levine, Jessica Powell, and Katie Lateef-Jan: The Promise and Forgotten Journey by Silvina Ocampo

    Translators Suzanne Jill Levine, Jessica Powell, and Katie Lateef-Jan: The Promise and Forgotten Journey by Silvina Ocampo

    A discovery readers have been waiting for, more Silvina Ocampo finally translated into English:  The Promise and Forgotten Journey.

    • 28 min
    Tobias Wolff: This Boy’s Life

    Tobias Wolff: This Boy’s Life

    One of the first books within a huge movement that restored respectability to memoirs,  This Boy’s Life  celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, and Tobias Wolff celebrates thirty years since being on Bookworm.

    • 28 min
    Fanny Howe: Love and I

    Fanny Howe: Love and I

    Love and I , poems by Fanny Howe, about love, the failure of love, and the transformation of love over the years.

    • 28 min
    Garth Greenwell: Cleanness

    Garth Greenwell: Cleanness

    Garth Greenwell discusses seeking human truths by writing into an abyss, and his new novel  Cleanness .

    • 28 min
    Daniel Mendelsohn: Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones

    Daniel Mendelsohn: Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones

    Daniel Mendelsohn’s  Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones  is an uncommon collection of essays that intertwine the personal with the intellectual and critical.

    • 28 min

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Bookworm is delightfully quirky and engaging

I wasn’t sure about Bookworm at first, but after a few listens, I really appreciated the host, Michael Silverblatt’s subtle insights into a range of authors’ work and their personalities. I think the breakthrough episode for me was his interview with Isabel Allende: In the Midst of Winter. It was such a different take to that of the Australian ABC RN’s Bookshelf. Both were excellent in their own right, but Greenblatt’s was compelling listening.
Isabel Allende: In the Midst of Winter

Storytelling queen Isabel Allende wrote a time-crossing, culture-hopping chamber piecethat gives faces to immigration during these dark times for literature, In the Midst of Winter.

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