Bookworm: Conversations with Michael Silverblatt
Michael Silverblatt, described as “the guy authors go to when they want a serious literary conversation about their work,” is the host of KCRW’s Bookworm, a nationally syndicated radio program showcasing writers of fiction and poetry. Describing his interviews as “conversations,” Silverblatt has hosted hundreds of our most celebrated writers including John Ashbery, Toni Morrison, Susan Sontag, and David Foster Wallace. His formidable knowledge comes from close reading and analysis of a writer's entire oeuvre. As the guiding spirit of this weekly show, Silverblatt has reinvented the art of literary conversation, introducing listeners to new and emerging authors along with writers of renown. He also regularly hosts literary conversations for Lannan Foundation's "Readings and Conversations" series in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2018, he was the inaugural recipient of A Public Space's Deborah Pease Prize, awarded to a figure who has advanced the art of literature. With more than three decades' worth of shows, Bookworm has become one of the best centers to hear the voices of contemporary writing, any time, anywhere, locally and globally via the Internet.
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