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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.
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Santa Monica, CA

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KCRW

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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

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@kcrw

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English

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1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

Terrance Hayes: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

5/16/2019
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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 contains strong language that some listeners may find offensive.

Duration:00:29:51

Nafissa Thompson-Spires: Heads of the Colored People

5/9/2019
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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.

Duration:00:29:27

Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

5/2/2019
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Her fourth book, which took her six years to write, An American Marriage brought Tayari Jones to the attention of Oprah’s Book Club.

Duration:00:29:27

John Lanchester: The Wall

4/25/2019
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John Lanchester’s The Wall is a wild love story with a dystopian backdrop.

Duration:00:31:06

Nathan Englander: kaddish.com

4/18/2019
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In Nathan Englander’s kaddish.com, a secular Jewish son experiments with the task of shepherding his father’s soul safely to rest.

Duration:00:31:05

Chris Cander: The Weight of a Piano

4/11/2019
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Chris Cander’s The Weight of a Piano explores characters with passionate attachments to things that have been lost.

Duration:00:28:58

Valeria Luiselli: Lost Children Archive

4/4/2019
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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.

Duration:00:28:58

Elizabeth McCracken: Bowlaway

3/28/2019
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Her nature oppositional, Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway is a sad, funny, hilarious, and melancholic novel.

Duration:00:28:58

Yiyun Li: Where Reasons End

3/21/2019
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In Yiyun Li’s Where Reasons End, a mother discovers a place where she can talk to her son who committed suicide.

Duration:00:28:58

Marlon James: Black Leopard, Red Wolf: The Dark Star Trilogy

3/14/2019
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Marlon James discusses the endlessly beautiful and brutal world of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first novel in The Dark Star Trilogy.

Duration:00:28:58

Chloe Aridjis: Sea Monsters

3/7/2019
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Sea Monsters is a fascinatingly consistent and exquisitely shaped novel by Chloe Aridjis.

Duration:00:28:57

Dennis Cooper and Zac Farley: Permanent Green Light

2/28/2019
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Bookworm alumnus Dennis Cooper, and collaborator Zac Farley, discuss the creative impulses behind their film Permanent Green Light.

Duration:00:28:28

Sam Lipsyte: Hark

2/21/2019
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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.

Duration:00:29:11

Amanda Sthers: Holy Lands

2/14/2019
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A writer of ten novels in French, Holy Lands is the first novel by Amanda Sthers to appear in English, translated by herself.

Duration:00:29:13

Tosh Berman: Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World

2/7/2019
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Tosh Berman’s memoir, Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World, is a depiction of culture brought into Los Angeles from the rest of the world: reinvented to be here.

Duration:00:29:09

Mary Ruefle: My Private Property

1/31/2019
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Mary Ruefle reads the entirety of her glorious and gruesome essay about shrunken heads, the title essay in her book My Private Property.

Duration:00:29:42

Diane Williams: The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

1/24/2019
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The original and indescribable writing of Diane Williams is showcased in over three hundred dazzling new and previously published shorts fictions from six releases, The Collected Stories of Diane Williams.

Duration:00:30:10

Deborah Eisenberg: Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories

1/17/2019
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Again Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates herself as a masterful and electric writer, in her new collection of seven stories, Your Duck Is My Duck.

Duration:00:29:28

John Wray: Godsend

1/10/2019
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John Wray discusses writing about the extremes of subjectivity, and breaking the reader of expectations in his new novel, Godsend.

Duration:00:29:55

Jeff Jackson: Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel

1/3/2019
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Jeff Jackson’s Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel comes at the same story from radically different angles that echo and rewrite each other.

Duration:00:30:05