Bookwaves/Artwaves – April 8, 2021: Larry McMurtry – Nathan Englander

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Larry McMurtry (1936-2021) in conversation with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, recorded October 13, 1994 while on tour with Diana Ossana for their collaborative novel, Pretty Boy Floyd.

Larry McMurtry, the regional novelist who became an iconic American literary figure, died of congestive heart failure at the age of 84 on March 25, 2021. The author of such classic novels as Lonesome Dove, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment and Desert Rose, he also wrote over thirty screenplays, many of them in collaboration with Diana Ossana, with whom he lived for several decades, including Brokeback Mountain, for which they won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Rarely one to go on a book tour, Larry McMurtry, along with Diana Ossana, showed up at the KPFA studios to publicize Pretty Boy Floyd, and it was there on, October 13, 1994, that Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky had a chance to talk with both of them about their book, and with Larry McMurtry about his career. This program contains excerpts from Larry McMurtry’s side of the discussion and does not include Diana Ossana. The complete interview, including Diana Ossana, can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.

In these excerpts from the interview, Larry McMurtry discusses the origins of Lonesome Dove, his focuses on small town Midwestern life and on the nature of family, on his feelings about film and television adaptations of his books, and about how he saw himself as a writer. This interview was digitized, remastered and edited by Richard Wolinsky in March 2021.




Nathan Englander, whose latest novel is, now out in trade paperback, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

The author of two other novels, including Ministry of Special Cases, and two acclaimed short story collections, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank talks about his latest book, which deals with the intersection of religion and technology, as a religious Jew who can’t bring himself to say Kaddish for his late father every day contracts with an on-line company that will do it for him.

:The complete 41 minute version of this program can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Announcement Links

Bay Area Book Festival May 1-9: Virtual Festival; Kazuo Ishiguro, Sunday May 2, 2 pm.
Books Inc  S.A. Lelchuck, Tuesday, April 13, 5 pm; Alonzo King, Wednesday, April 14, 6 pm. Jenny Lawson with Christopher Moore, Wednesday, April 21, 5 pm.
Book Passage. Elizabeth George, April 10, 1 pm. Dorothy Wickenden, April 10, 4 pm. Jazmin Darznik, April 17, 4 pm. Heidi Kuhn, April 22, 6 pm. Julia Sweig, April 24, 4 pm. Rickie Lee Jones & Peter Coyote, April 26, 6 pm.
The Booksmith   K.S. Komireddi April 14, 12 pm; Miah Jeffra, April 19, 6 pm.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, the author of Travesty Generator, Thursday April 15, 7:30 pm.
Kepler’s Books  Temple Grandin, April 9, 6 pm. This Is Now: Our Climate Future, April 20, 12 noon.

American Conservatory Theatre Act Out Loud, Virtual Play Reading Series: Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw, April 12-16, The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, April 26 – May 2.
Aurora Theatre Streaming now: The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, Aurora Connects conversations every other Thursday at 5 pm. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted for audio, starts on April 9th, runs through May 21.
Berkeley Rep 10-episode audio series: Place/Settings: Berkeley, all episodes available now.  What’s in a Play, Mondays 6:30 & 8 pm. Zoom, Registration required. June, 2021: Swept Away, a new musical.
Brava Theatre Center: Who’s Your Mami Comedy, April 15, 7 pm.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) Upcoming events to be scheduled.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  .
Cinnabar Theatre. Mac Beth, an update of Shakespeare’s play, adapted by Erica Schmidt, starts April 16.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Running for My Life, April 11, 4 pm on Zoom: interviews about the January 6th insurrection.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume May 30, 2021.
Custom Made Theatre Undiscovered Works: Tiny Fires by Aimee Suzada, May 7, 7 pm.
42nd Street Moon. Jason Graae, Perfect Hermany, musical tribute to Jerry Herman, April 10 – May 7. Third Tuesday, Talks Over the Moon, 8 pm: Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia.
Magic Theatre. See website for plays in the upcoming season, dates to be announced.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through July 24, 2021. Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson, streaming through Soundcloud.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts See website for upcoming events.
New Conservatory Theatre Center Interlude by Harrison David Rivers streams March 1 – April 14, pay as you wish. TransNational Cabaret, starts May 10.
Pear Theater. Under Milkwood by Dylan Thomas, streams March 12-April 11.
Ray of Light: Upcoming schedule to be announced.
Remote Theater. Upcoming schedule to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse I Was Right Here by Julia Brothers, streams through April 17, 2021. Shoot Me When … by Ruben Grijalva, starts streaming May 1, 2021.
SFBATCO Hella Theatre, April 8, 6 pm.
Shotgun Players. Feel the Spirit by Noelle Vinas, a Zoom commission, live performance, April 9-11, see website for times and ticket prices.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
The Marsh: See calendar for listings.
Theatre Rhino Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8:30 pm: April 8: Sutro. Free Zoom reading: Falling Skies by Brayden Frascome, April 8, 2021, free. Gay As They Say by Mark Nadler, May 21-23, see website for times of the live performance.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder live from Florence: Anna and Sergei (Sergei Rachmaninoff), May 16, 2021. Streaming to follow. New Works Festival online: April 23-May 15, 2021.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: April 10, 7 pm: Quauor Arod from Paris.
Dance Mission Theatre. See website for listings
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: This Is Who I Am streams April 13 -25. From past seasons, currently streaming: Manahatta; Snow in Midsummer. Streaming now: Manahatta; This Is Who I Am. Talking Back, a six part web series. On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc.
Atlantic Theatre Company. See website for streaming programs.
Irish Repertory Theatre. Poetic Reflections: Words Upon the Window Pane, streaming through May 2; John Cullum: An Accidental Star, streaming April 8-22.
Playbill List of Streaming Theatre: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.
National Theatrical Streaming: Upcoming plays from around the country.

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