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 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.
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.?
Rita Dove?s new book of poetry, ?Playlist for the Apocalypse,? goes in many different historical and personal directions.
The debut novel of Robert Jones, Jr., ?The Prophets,? is lyrical prose about the dimensionality and interiority of people.
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.
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.
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.
At the beginning of Sheila Heti?s new book, ?Pure Colour,? God looks at a first-draft world he should get around to changing. The reader meets protagonist Mira, who bonds with a woman named Annie. Then Mira?s father dies, and his soul enters her; astonishingly, their combined selves become a leaf on a tree. Annie longs to bring Mira out of leaf form. Annie is what Mira calls a fixer. ?Pure Colour? is a singular book that needs to be accepted rather than interpreted. Sheila Heti speaks about how she couldn?t think or write in the same way she did before the death of her own father.
Journalist and author Tom Bissell?s new short fiction collection, ?Creative Types: and Other Stories,? is about people trying to solve the problem of being themselves. Seven short stories describe the kinds of lives lived in Los Angeles with thoroughness, audacity, and complexity.
Tessa Hadley?s new book, ?Free Love? (Harper), is set in 1967 London at the beginning of the counterculture movement that swept the world. The protagonist, Phyllis, steps out of one sense of herself into another. She is a conservative mother of two until she crosses paths with the younger Nicky.
Canadian-American author Antoine Wilson discusses the work he put into writing entertaining pages for his new short book, ?Mouth to Mouth? (Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster), and the propulsive story is not finished until the very last sentence.
?Punks: New & Selected Poems? is expansive poetry from John Keene, one of our time?s most notable writers. Seven sections offer different perspectives on what poetry can be: queer and Black, and much more than that. He joins Bookworm to discuss the difference between his prose and poetry.
After the deaths of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and her daughter, Quintana, Joan Didion wrote "Blue Nights," the most personal and poetic book of her career. From 2011, she talks about aging, death, and the act of complete surrender that this devastating book required.
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers discusses writing about the full range of a community, its sexuality and gender, in her first fiction novel, ?The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.?
Master poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers discusses her fiction debut, ?The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.?
Dave Eggers further discusses his new book, ?The Every.?
?The Every? is the new book by Dave Eggers, a follow-up to his book ?The Circle.?
Every bookstore is haunted, and Louise Erdrich?s new book, ?The Sentence,? is about one.
?Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo? is a bilingual new book by Sandra Cisneros.