Bookwaves/Artwaves – August 13, 2020: Robert Macfarlane – Robert K. Massie

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to Announced Events


Robert Macfarlane, whose latest book is “Underland: A Deep Time Journey”, which comes out in trade paperback on August 18, 2020, is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.

The author of several books, including “Mountains of the Mind” and “The Old Ways,” Robert Macfarlane discusses his latest work, a travelogue through caves, glacial crevices, mines, and catacombs, as he examines the world below our feet.

Extended 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast. Photos: Richard Wolinsky.



Robert K. Massie, a journalist and historian whose focus was on the Russian House of Romanov, and who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for his biography of Peter the Great, died on December 2, 2019 at the age of ninety. Along with a well-received biography of Catherine the Great, he was also known for his books about Czar Nicholas, the Tsarina Alexandra, and the final days of the Romanov dynasty in Ekaterinaberg in Siberia.

On November 4, 1995, Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky had a chance to interview Robert K. Massie while he was on tour for his book, The Romanovs: The final Chapter, which dealt with events long after the Russian Revolution, from those claiming to be Romanov descendants to the disinterment of the Royal family’s bones after the Soviet Union fell.

Digitized, remastered and re-edited in August, 2020 by Richard Wolinsky.

Extended 38-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Announcement Links

Book Passage. Conversations with authors features John Shea in conversation with Phi Cousinou on Saturday, August 15 at 4 pm Pacific, and Christine Montross in conversation with Susanna Calahan on Sunday August 16 also at 4 pm Pacific. And on Wednesday August 19, Darin Strauss in conversation with Kelly Corrigan.
The Booksmith features Diane Cook and her novel The New Wilderness Thursday August 13 at 6 pm,and Monday August 15 at 11 am, Aya Gruber on the relationship between the feminist movement and mass incarceration.
Theatre Rhino Live Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursday August 13 is A Death in the Family. Rhino also presents a zoom performance of Sarah Ruhl’s play Dear Elizabeth, an epistolatory journey through the lives of poet Robert Lowell and lesbian author Elizabeth Bishop, Tuesday August 18, 7 pm.
San Francisco Playhouse presents a live stream fireside chat with playwright Rajiv Joseph Thursday August 13 at 7 pm, and Monday August 17, 7 pm, Zoomlet play is The Mommy Assumption by Gaetha Reddy.
42nd Street Moon. Full Moon Friday on-line concert August 14 at 8 pm Pacific is Super Songs from Not So Super Shows, Part Two.
Shotgun Players.  A live stream performance of Quack by Eliza Clark, through August 15. Registration required.
California Shakepeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) presents a panel discussion on addressing anti-blackness in non-black communities of color, Friday August 14, 5-7 pm.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more.
LGBTQ Theatre, Different Stars Live, having its world premiere on You Tube Live, Saturday August 15 at 4 pm Pacific.
Aurora Theatre’s Aurora Connects series of interviews, every Friday at 4 pm. August 14: Artistic Director Josh Costello and Associate Artistic Director Dawn Monique Williams. Other interviews in the series are available streaming. Bay Area Playwrights Festival works streamed through Aurora’s website.
Marin Theatre Company Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website.
Bay Area Book Festival. Various Unbound conversations available streaming.
Kepler’s Books presents Refresh the Page, on line interviews and talks. Registration required.
Central Works The Script Club, where you read the script of a new play and send comments to the playwright. The August script is Bamboozled by Patricia Milton. A podcast will be posted to the Central Works website on August 25.
Theatreworks Silicon Valley. Interviews and educational videos.
Lincoln Center Live Through September 8, 2020: Carousel, with Kelli O’Hara & Nathan Gunn.
Public Theatre: The Line streams through the website. A radio recording of Richard II is also available through the website.




Artist Song Album Label
Matthew MontfortAmberGuitar WorksNarada Productions, Inc.
Winston McAnuff, The Bazbaz OrchestraAngela DavisA BangSakifo Records