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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

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The Best

By FloydLQ - Sep 28 2018
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The greatest Silverblatt is the most insightful reader alive

Beautiful Show

By Rpolivka - Mar 24 2018
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Certain episodes have brought me to tears. There is real love put into this show.

iTunes Ratings

311 Ratings
Average Ratings
226
36
19
15
15

The Best

By FloydLQ - Sep 28 2018
Read more
The greatest Silverblatt is the most insightful reader alive

Beautiful Show

By Rpolivka - Mar 24 2018
Read more
Certain episodes have brought me to tears. There is real love put into this show.
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Bookworm

Updated 3 days ago

Rank #66 in Arts category

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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

Rank #1: Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

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Ocean Vuong speaks of leaving his thumbprint on his new novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Alternate modes of storytelling are discussed, as are narratives without intrinsic conflict. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who doesn’t read English; it is about finding joy in innovative and creative survival.

Jul 18 2019
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Rank #2: Richard Powers: The Overstory

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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. The reader’s interest and affection are captured by poignant and visceral characters who open a perspective larger than the domestic. Richard Powers says there is no separate thing called humanity, and no separate thing called nature: we’re either in the world, or we’re in some abstraction that will never satisfy us. Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

May 23 2019
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Rank #3: Toni Morrison Tribute

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*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.*

In this first of two conversations with Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, we explore the backgrounds of her novel, A Mercy (Knopf). How did she find the textures of pre-colonial America: the feel of the land; the wildlife; the proliferation of races, nationalities and ambitions? (Part II)

Aug 08 2019
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Rank #4: Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

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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. As a result, her novels have become best sellers and reach a wider audience. Jones discusses having both the sensibilities of an urban person and a southern person. Guest Michael McKenzie, Executive PR Director of Algonquin Books, joins the discussion of regional and expansive literature. Judy Bloom makes a surprise appearance, rescuing Tayari Jones at a crucial moment in her career.

May 02 2019
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Rank #5: Yiyun Li: Where Reasons End

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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. The reader is a privileged visitor to a sadness being expressed between the characters, different from grief or mourning. A condition of sorrowful wonder looms over this novel where everything is buried in the depths of dialogue.

Mar 21 2019
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Rank #6: Ariana Reines: A Sand Book

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The poetry in Ariana Reines A Sand Book is centered around the theme of hiding: running away and trying to escape. There is a chorus of sobbing in this book; its metaphysical concentration is related to wandering. Ariana Reines speaks of books that go beyond themselves and stay with the reader; she wrote one, and reads three poems from it.

Jul 19 2019
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Rank #7: Elizabeth McCracken: Bowlaway

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Her nature oppositional, Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway is a sad, funny, hilarious, and melancholic novel. It is a wacky epic family saga about a multi-generational bowling alley, with characters not pinched by society’s norms, arbiters of their own lives. Elizabeth McCracken speaks of freeing herself to her imagination.

Mar 28 2019
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Rank #8: Dave Eggers: The Parade

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A book of creeping dread, where every worst thing is possible, and rational reason leads one to expect that the worst is not over. In The Parade, two nameless people work in a geopolitical wasteland for separate reasons: one to support his family, and one to get an exotic picture of what goes on in the world—neither of them possessing empathy for the people in the nameless country where they work. Dave Eggers describes himself as a hopeful person drawn to dystopian stories. He says these characters are cogs in a machine that is breaking the world.

May 30 2019
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Rank #9: Ann Beattie: A Wonderful Stroke of Luck

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Ben’s life falls down around him, and he’s the protagonist, in this novel by master writer Ann Beattie. A Wonderful Stroke of Luck makes the reader giggle at their own misconceptions, with value systems undergoing radical changes from the beginning to the end. This narrative says that escaping one thing does not mean you get something else, and nothing can be expected from life, this is a fabulously interesting book with characters who are seldom what they seem.

Jun 06 2019
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Rank #10: Laila Lalami: The Other Americans

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Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans is a polyphonic novel about social class and identity, with a revelation in every chapter. At the novel’s opening a Moroccan immigrant dies in a suspicious hit-and-run accident, connecting together the stories of nine characters, each with their own context, also connected by an internal sense of not being at the center of the American story. Core questions find answers from outside, alienated perspectives.

Jun 20 2019
28 mins
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