Bookwaves/Artwaves – July 9, 2020: Barry Lopez – Margaret Atwood

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.


Central Works Script Club, where you read the script of a new play and send comments to the playwright. The July script is The Lady Matador’s Hotel by Christina Garcia. A podcast with the playwright, hosted by Patricial Milton, will be posted to the Central Works website on July 28.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is launching a new streaming service featuring full length videos of recent plays. The Copper Children plays through July 15, followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream through July 22. Tickets through the website.
Theatreworks Silicon Valley is presenting another live solo performance from Florence, Italy with Hershey Felder, Beethoven, A play with Music on Sunday July 12 at 5 pm Pacific. Tickets through the website.
Moliere in the Park presents Richard Wilbur’s translation of Tartuffe, starring Raul Esparza and Samira Wiley, recorded live with actors superimposed on a set, through July 12.
Book Passage’s Conversations with Authors features Tim Cahill, Saturday July 11 at 4 pm Pacific time and Ann Patchett Sunday July 12 also at 4 pm Pacific. And David Mitchell in conversation with Michael Chabon, hosted by Tom Barbash airs on Thursday, July 16, again at 4 pm Pacific time.
Aurora Theatre’s yearly fundraising event, Supernova, is open and free, on Monday July 13th. Registration required.
Bay Area Book Festival. Various Unbound conversations available streaming.
The Booksmith lists its entire July on-line schedule of interviews and readings on their website, which includes Lockdown Lit every Tuesday at 11 am
Theatre Rhino Thursday play at 8 pm July 9, 2020 on Facebook Live is Modjeska, San Francisco’s First Superstar, conceived and performed by John Fisher. The Death of Ruby Slippers by Stuart Bousel, available streaming.
Shotgun Players. Streaming, the folk opera Iron Shoes. Recorded in spring 2018, continuing through July 17, and The Claim, workshop production. The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess, July 9-12, 7 pm. Registration required.
San Francisco Playhouse. Every Monday, SF Playhouse presents Zoomlets, a series of short play table reads.
42nd Street Moon. A live evening of Sondheim songs, Friday July 10th on Facebook Live, featuring an array of local theatrical talent.
Kepler’s Books presents Refresh the Page, on line interviews and talks. Registration required.
Lincoln Center Live July 10 – September 8, 2020: Carousel, with Kelli O’Hara and Nathan Gunn.
National Theater At Home on You Tube: The Deep Blue Sea.



Barry Lopez, whose latest book is “Horizon”, now out in trade paperback, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky.

From Barry Lopez’s website:

From the National Book Award-winning author of the now-classic Arctic Dreams, a vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters–human, animal, and natural–that have shaped an extraordinary life.

Taking us nearly from pole to pole–from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on the earth–and across decades of lived experience, Barry Lopez, hailed by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as “one of our finest writers,” gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date, in a book that moves indelibly, immersively, through his travels to six regions of the world: from Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galápagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica. Extended 45-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Special thanks to the Bay Area Book Festival and Cherilyn Parsons.



Margaret Atwood, discussing her novel “The Robber Bride,” recorded in San Francisco on November 24, 1993 with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, from the “Probabilities” archive.

The second of eight interviews with Margaret Atwood, author of such novels as The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Graceand the Oryx and Crake trilogy. In this interview, she discusses her novel “The Robber Bride,” as well as what it feels like to be a Canadian author, her views on Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. LeGuin and science fiction and genres in general, and some of the thought processes behind writing her books.




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