Bookwaves/Artwaves – November 19, 2020: Nicholas Meyer – Anne McCaffrey

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Nicholas Meyer, author of “The Seven Percent Solution,” returns to Sherlock Holmes with “The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols,” just out in trade paperback this past November 10th. In this interview with host Richard Wolinsky, he also discusses his work in film and television, and specifically his work in the Star Trek universe.

Nicholas Meyer is a screenwriter and director. Among his directorial works are “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” “Time After Time” and the lauded TV film “The Day After.” He’s written several screenplays, including “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” and worked on the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery” and the first season of the Netflix series “The Medicis.”

“The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols” takes Sherlock Holmes to Budapest and Odessa as he searches for the forger behind the infamous Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. This adventure, which takes place in 1905, falls into a period during which  the activities of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes are unknown.

An extended 45 minute version of this interview can be found as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.



Anne McCaffrey, in conversation with Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky, from the Probabilities Archive, recorded June 29, 1992. Her most recent novels at the time were The Rowan and Damia.

From Wikipedia:

Anne Inez McCaffrey (1 April 1926 – 21 November 2011) was an American-Irish writer known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. She was the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction (Best Novella, “Weyr Search”, 1968) and the first to win a Nebula Award (Best Novella, “Dragonrider”, 1969). Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science-fiction books to appear on the New York Times Best Seller list.

In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its 22nd Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame on 17 June 2006. She also received the Robert A. Heinlein Award for her work in 2007.

New York Times Obituary

:The complete interview can be heard as a 37-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Announcement Links

Book Passage. Conversations with authors, all at 4 pm Pacific:  Deborah Madison with Jane Hirschfield, Saturday November 21. James Ritchie, Sunday November 22; Zyen Joukhader, Sunday December 6. Jane Smiley, “Perestroika in Paris,” Saturday December 12.
The Booksmith  Reza Farazmand, Wednesday November 19, 6 pm.
Books Inc ; Reyna Grande, Thursday November 19, 5 pm; Storytime with Michael Slack, Monday November 23, 11 am.
Bay Area Book Festival Helen McDonald, “Vesper Flights,” Tuesday Nov 24, 7 pm. Unbound events continue. Podcasts of October 3-4 Unbound: All 22 interviews and discussions are now available on demand. George Saunders & Tobias Wolff, Sat. January 15, 7 pm.
Kepler’s Books presents Refresh the Page, on line interviews and talks. Registration required. Sabaa Tahir with J. Elle, Tuesday December 1, 6 pm.

Irish Repertory Theatre: Bill Irwin “On Beckett.” Streaming through November 22, 2020. Free. Reserve tickets up to two hours before selected performance.
San Francisco Playhouse. 2020-21 Virtual Season: Art by Yasmina Reza, now streaming, extended through November 21; The Jewelry Box, written and performed by Brian Copeland, streaming November 28 – December 25, 2020; From Blues to Broadway Revue, streaming December 12 – 31, 2020.
Custom Made Theatre Upcoming events TBA.
Theatre Rhino Live Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm tonight, Thursday Nov. 19 is The Battle of Kursk.  Wednesday, Nov. 25, Gay Pilgrim. Overlooked Latinas, written and performed by Tina D’Elia, streaming through November 22, 2020.
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) Pam McKinnon talks with Annette Bening, Nov. 20 live; Dec. 4 – June 30, on demand. A Christmas Carol, radio adaptation of Carey Perloff’s adaptation, streams Dec. 5-31, 2020.
42nd Street Moon. Moonbeams Streaming Series: A Distant Dinner Party with Jess and Jaron, through November 22 8 pm; Home (literally) for the Holidays, Nov. 26- Dec. 6. Tuesdays: Tuesday Talks Over the Moon, 8 pm: Nov. 17: An Inside Look into playwright Terrence McNally. Every other Friday at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia.
Magic Theatre. Upcoming season dates to be announced.
Shotgun Players. Josh Kornbluth’s Citizen Brain streams via Vimeo through November 29th. The Light by Loy A. Webb, directed by Nailah Harper-Malveaux, Dec 4-12, 7 pm. Preview Dec 4, 7 pm. Opening Night: Dec 5, 5 pm.
Berkeley Rep Hershey Felder as Debussy, A Paris Love Story, Nov 22, 5 pm, streams through November 29. Looking Glass Theatre Company’s production of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, streams December 1-27, 2020.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Two live shows with Hershey Felder from Florence for the Holidays: Claude Debussy, Nov. 22, streams through November 29; Tchaikovsky, December 20, both at 5 pm Pacific. Simple Gifts, conceived crafted and directed by Tim Bond, world premiere, Dec 10-27, 2020.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) The Direct Address series continues with Resisting Shakespeare: Or, How to Fall In and Out and In and Out of Love. Shakespeare in Depth, class with Philippa Kelly, registration required.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more. Day of the Dead virtual ritual, Nov.2, live event.
SFBATCO Live with Rod and Marce on Twitch TV, every Thursday at 6 pm.
Aurora Theatre’s A new ticketed audio drama, The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, streaming now. Aurora Connects conversations every Friday, 4 pm. Tell Tale Hearts: An Evening of Hip Hop Theatre featuring Carlos Aguirre and the Bay Area Theatre Cypher, November 28, livestream, 7 pm Pacific.
Marin Theatre Company The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson, Jan – Feb, 2021.  Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the Marin Theatre website.
Central Works Bystanders by Patricia Milton, an audio play, currently streaming. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, audio play, posts Thanksgiving weekend. November script club offering: Recipe by Michael Gene Sullivan.
New Conservatory Theatre Center A Mighty Queer Virtual Variety Show streams December 13 through January 3, 2021. In Good Company, episodic series podcast streams on the website.
The Marsh: International Solo Fest, archived streaming. Josh Kornbluth hosts bingo every Friday at 7:30 pm
Brava Theatre Center: Who’s Your Mami Comedy, November 19, 7 pm. So Soul, November 21.
Pear Theater. The Path Back to Me, two one-woman shows, Full Fathom Five by Annamarie MacLeod and Becoming Othello by by Debra Ann Byrd, starts streaming December 4, 2020.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre It’s a Wonderful Life, a radio play by Joe Landry, streams Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Performances are live at scheduled times and days. Link to buy tickets.
Remote Theater. The Art of Sacrifice by Anthony Clarvoe, with Lauren English and Susi Damilano, original music by Paul Dresher. Saturday Dec. 12, noon Pacific.
The Breath Project. Complete collection streaming on demand.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: On-demand audio recordings of early plays; videos of Indigenous Peoples Day 2020, etc. This Is Who I Am by Amir Nizar Zuabi, directed by Evren Odcikin, a co-production with Woolly Mammoth, Nov. 29 – Dec. 27.
Cinnebar Theater. Young Repertory Musical Performance opens December 4. Streaming of the filmed Geffen Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol” to benefit Cinnebar and other companies, Nov. 28-Jan.3. Tickets.
Atlantic Theatre Company. Reading series TBA.
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.

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