Bookwaves/Artwaves – February 8, 2024: Kate Wilhelm (1928-2018)

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to assorted local theater & book venues 


Kate Wilhelm (1928-2018), award-winning science fiction and detective novelist, in conversation with Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky, recorded in the KPFA studios, August 5, 1996. while on tour for her novel, “Malice Prepense,” (later renamed “For The Defense”).

Kate Wilhelm, who died on March 8, 2018 at the age of 89, was probably best known as a science fiction and fantasy author., winning the Hugo Award for best novel in 1977 for Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang, and the Nebula Award three times for her shorter fiction.
Along with her work in science fiction and fantasy, she was also an acclaimed mystery and suspense author, with fourteen novels in the Barbara Holloway courtroom series, six novels in the Leidl and Mickeljohn series, and ten stand alone mystery and suspense novels.  She was also one of the first teachers at the Clarion Writers Workshop, which began in 1968 and according to Wikipedia, still active following a two year Covid break.
Malice Prepense, renamed For The Defense for its paperback release, was the third Barbara Holloway novel. She would follow with eleven more. Her final novel, Mirror, Mirror, another in the series, was published in 2012. Her final science fiction short story, “The Bird Cage” was published in a collection in 2012.
This interview was digitized, remastered, and edited on February 3, 2024 by Richard Wolinsky. Complete Interview.


Jesse Green, New York Times theatre critic, and co-author of “Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

In this excerpt from an interview recorded on September 8, 2022, Jesse Green discusses Mary Rodgers’ greatest feature, working on theatre reviews, the current state of Broadway theatre, and his view on the new Editor in Chief of the New York Times. Complete 48-minute interview.


Review of  “Cult of Love” at Berkeley Rep Roda Theatre through March 3, 2024.

Review of “MJ The Musical” at BroadwaySF Orpheum Theatre through February 25, 2024.



Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

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Book Stores
Bay Area Book Festival  Event calendar and links to previous events.
Book Passage.  Monthly Calendar. Mix of on-line and in-store events.
Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.
The Booksmith.  Monthly Event Calendar.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. See website for Book Club guests in upcoming months.
Green Apple Books. Events calendar.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Live Theater Companies
Actor’s Reading Collective (ARC).  See website for past streams.
African American Art & Culture Complex.
See website for calendar.
Alter Theatre. See website for upcoming productions.
American Conservatory Theatre  Big Data by Kate Attwell, February 15 – March 10, 2024, Toni Rembe Theater.
Aurora Theatre  Manahatta by Mary Kathryn Nagle, February 9 – March 10. Streaming:  March 5-10.
Awesome Theatre Company. See website for upcoming productions.
Berkeley Rep Cult of Love by Leslye Headland, January 28 – March 3, Roda Theatre.
Berkeley Shakespeare Company. See website for upcoming productions.
Boxcar Theatre. See website for upcoming shows.
Brava Theatre Center: See calendar for current and upcoming productions.
BroadwaySF: The Wiz, January 17 – February 11, Golden Gate. MJ, January 30 – February 25, Orpheum.
Broadway San Jose:  Chicago, February 23-25. Mean Girls, March 19-24.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes). See website for events.
Center Rep: Mystic Pizza, a new musical. February 15-25.
Central Works  Boss McGreedy written and directed by Gary Graves, March 2-13.
Cinnabar Theatre. Dream House by Eliana Pipes, February 9-25.
Club Fugazi. Dear San Francisco returns February 9.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Upcoming season to be announced.
Curran Theater: See website for upcoming one-night only live events, including the Unscripted series with various celebrities.
Custom Made Theatre. In hibernation.
Cutting Ball Theatre. Variety Pack 2024. Staged readings, directors shorts, cabaret shows. February 1-18.
42nd Street Moon. Falsettos, February 29 – March 17, 2024.
Golden Thread  Upcoming season to be announced.
Hillbarn Theatre: RENT, February 8 – 24.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. (NO MORE) adjustments: A Black Queer Woman Evolves in Real Time, written and performed by Champagne Hughes, May 1-5, 2024. Fort Mason.
Magic Theatre. Dirty White Teslas Make Me Sad by Ashley Smiley, February 28 – March 17.
Marin Theatre Company Bees & Honey by Guadalis Del Carmen, February 15 – March 10. Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein, May 9 – June 2, 2024.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC)  Unpacking in P’Town by Jewelle Gomez, March 1 – 31. See website for theatre classes.
Oakland Theater Project.  Cost of Living by Martyna Majek, March 1-24, 2024.
Odd Salon: Upcoming events in San Francisco & New York, and streaming.
Pear Theater. For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday by Sarah Ruhl. February 9 – March 3, 2024.
Presidio Theatre. See website for schedule of events and performances.
Ray of Light: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, June 1 – 23, 2024. See website for Spotlight Cabaret Series at Feinstein’s at the Nikko.
San Francisco Playhouse. My Home on the Moon by Minna Lee, January 25 – February 24.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in- theater shows. Sign My Name to Freedom: The Unheard Songs of Betty Reid Soskin, March 29 – April 13.
San Jose Stage Company: People Where They Are by Antony Clarvoe. January 31 – February 25, 2024.
Shotgun Players.  Babes in Ho-lland by Deneen Reynolds Knott. January 15 – February 10. (extended). Website also lists one night only events at the Ashby Stage.
South Bay Musical Theatre: A Little Night Music, January 27 – February 17, 2024.
Stagebridge: Shady Manor, a musical play by Prescott Cole. June 14-16. 2501 Harrison St., Oakland.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.
Theatre Rhino  Billy, written and directed by John Fisher, February 1-18, 2024. Streaming: Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, February 7 – 11.  Hershey Felder’s Great American Songbook Sing-Along, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, February 12, 7:30 pm. Queen by Madhuri Shekar, March 8 -31, Lucie Stern Theatre.
Word for Word.  See website for upcoming productions.

Misc. Listings:
On View calendar for BAM/PFA.
Berkeley Symphony: See website for listings.
Chamber Music San Francisco: Calendar, 2023 Season.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.
San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings.
San Francisco Symphony. Calendar listings.

Filmed Live Musicals: Searchable database of all filmed live musicals, podcast, blog.

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Artist Song Album Label
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David HolmesSnake EyesMusic From The Motion Picture Ocean's ThirteenWMG - Warner Sunset/Warner Records