Bookwaves/Artwaves – November 25, 2021: Jan Morris (1926-2020)

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Jan Morris (1926-2020)

Jan Morris was a noted travel writer and historian, and a leading figure in the trans world. As James Morris, she accompanied Edmund Hillary on the first expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. Before and after her transition in 1964 to the time of her death, Jan Morris had published 18 travel books, six history books including a three volume history of the British Empire, eight memoirs including the best-selling Conundrum, two novels and twelve collections of essays.


An interview recorded while Jan Morris was attending a conference in San Francisco, August 20, 1999.

Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff discuss her career, her feelings toward writing, the United States and other topics. Jan Morris’s book, Lincoln: A foreigner’s quest, discussed in the interview, was published in 2001.

Complete 38-minute podcast.



An interview recorded during the book tour for “Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere,” recorded November 16, 2001 in the KPFA studios.

In this interview Jan Morris talks about the meaning of Trieste in her life, delves deeply into what she sees as the future of humankind over the following decades, and pretty much nails where we are today in 2021.

True to her word in the interview, “Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere” was the last full-length book Jan Morris would write. Collections of new and old essays were published in 2004 and 2010, an illustrated essay on the Battleship Yamoto in 2018, and two volumes of late in life diaries were published, the first in 2018, “In My Mind’s Eye,” and posthumously in 2021, “Thinking Again.”

Complete podcast posts on November 28, 2021


Review: “Wintertime” at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theater through December 19, 2021.


Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

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Book Stores
Bay Area Book Festival  On-line: Sam Wasson, December 5, 5 pm. Nicholas Buccola, December 8,, 5 pm. Bay Area Book Festival, May 7-8, 2022,
Book Passage.  Calendar for November. Mix of on-line and in-store events.
Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.
The Booksmith   Calendar for November. On-line events only.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Check website for archived events.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Live Theater Companies
Alter Theatre. Brer Peach, an audio play by Andrew Saito, on-line  through-December 12.
American Conservatory Theatre Limited engagements: Get On Your Knees, with Jacqueline Novak, December 2-4. Strand; The Woman in Black, original London production, December 15 – January 16, Strand. 2022 season: Freestyle Love Supreme opens January 21, 2022 at the Geary Theater.
Aurora Theatre Father/Daughter by Dael Orlandersmith, By Kait Kerrigan, directed by M. Graham Smith, in performance now; streaming Dec. 7-12.
Awesome Theatre Company. On-line: The Jersey Devil Play, starts November 30.

Berkeley Rep Wintertime by Charles L. Mee, through December 19, Roda Theater. Fran Lebowitz, Jan. 22-26, 2022.
Brava Theatre Center: Dangerous Beauties: Muse, November 29, 8 pm.
BroadwaySF: National touring companies: My Fair Lady, at the Orpheum, November 2 – 28, 2021. A Christmas Carol, November 26 – December 26, 2021 at the Golden Gate.
Broadway San Jose: Hairspray, Nov. 23-28. A Magical Cirque Christmas, Dec. 30. The Simon and Garfunkel Story, January 12, 2022, 7:30 pm.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  Check website for streaming archive.
Central Works Audio plays: Bystanders by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now.  2022 season to be announced.
Cinnabar Theatre. Cinnebar Young Rep: Beauty and the Beast, Nov. 19 – Dec. 5.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre On stage: Home for the Holidays with Lamont & Friends, Dec. 3-5.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to resume January 11, 2022 as a single evening play. Taylor Mac videos available on-line.
Custom Made Theatre Season schedule resumes in 2022.
42nd Street Moon. Fun Home, February 3-22. 2022, Gateway Theater.
Landmark Musical Theater. Check website for upcoming schedule.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Upcoming season to be announced.
Magic Theatre. Check website for upcoming schedule.
Marin Theatre Company On stage: Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, November 18 – December 19, 2021.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center Streaming: Hold Me The Forgotten Way, through December, 31, 2021. In Theater: Plot Points in Our Sexual Development by Miranda Rose Hall, November 12 – December 19, 2021. Gently Down the Stream by Martin Sherman, December 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022.
Oakland Theater Project. In Theater: sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn) by Lisa Ramirez, Nov 12 – Dec 19, 2021.
Pear Theater. In Theater: Eight Nights by Jennifer Maisel and The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse, in repertory, November 19 – December 12, 2021.
PianoFight. Calendar of shows. Expansion to The Flight Deck in Oakland.
Ray of Light: Upcoming shows to be announced.
San Francisco Playhouse. Twelfth Night, a musical adaptation. Nov. 24 – January 15, in theater. On Demand: December 1 – January 15.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in theatre shows.
San Jose Stage Company: Great Expectations, Nov. 17- Dec. 12
Shotgun Players. The Cassandra Sessions: Recording the World, opens December 2, 2021.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: MarshStream updated calendar.
Theatre Rhino Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand; The Rhino Reading Series, December 7, 7  pm, 4229 18th St., SF.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play, December 1 – 26, 2021
Word for Word. Wordcast streaming: A Pair of Eyeglasses by by Anna Maria Ortese; Home by George Saunders; two by Toni Cade Bambara, live November 4. Each will be streamed through summer, 2022.

National, Misc:
Chamber Music San Francisco: Live concerts return February, 2022.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: New 2022 season announced.

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

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