Bookwaves/Artwaves – June 27, 2024


Bookwaves/Artwaves presents in-depth interviews with authors of fiction and narrative non-fiction, delving deeply into political and social issues, literary technique, and the life of the author, along with interviews devoted to theatre and film, and archive interviews from Bookwaves and Probabilities. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Upcoming Episode

Helen Benedict, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, discusses her latest novel, “The Good Deed,” which focuses on refugees living on the island of Samos in Greece. Pride Month Special Interview: Mystery writer Joseph Hansen (1923-2004), author of the Dave Brandstetter mysteries, recorded in 1990 for the Probabilities radio program. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Best-selling novelist and playwright Colm Tóibín discusses his latest novel, “Long Island,” and goes into detail about his creative process. Oakland poet laureate Ayodele Nzinga discusses her work as director of “Pac and Biggie are Dead,” a play by Biko Eisen-Martin, running at BAM House through June 30th. Also, a review of the touring production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company,” now at BroadwaySF Orpheum Theatre. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Maureen Gosling, filmmaker and film editor, discusses the films of noted documentary director Les Blank (1935-2013), which whom she collaborated for several years A Retrospective of the films of Les Blank can be seen at Pacific Film Archive June 7 to July 27, 2024. Paul Aster 1947-2024) discussing his novels “The Book of Illusions” and Timbuktu” and his work with filmmaker Wayne Wang. Recorded 2002, second of two parts. Also: Review of “The Lehman Trilogy” at ACT Toni Rembe Theatre thru June 23. 2024. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky. Photo of Les Blank during the “Burden of Dreams” shoot courtesy BAMPFA.

Poet and novelist Aya de Leon discusses the 10th Annual Bay Area Book Festival, June 1-2 in various locations in Berkeley. Paul Auster (1947-2024), who died on April 30, 2024, discusses “The Book of Illusions” and his work in film in this 2002 interview, not heard in two decades.
Reviews of “The Glass Menagerie” at SF Playhouse and “Galileo” at Berkeley Rep Roda Theatre. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Joan Baez discusses her book of poetry, “When You See My Mother, Ask Her to Dance,” and her career. Ty Burr, former film critic of the Boston Globe, discusses the origins of American celebrity in his book, “Gods Like Us,” in excerpts from an interview recorded in November, 2012. Also: Review of “A Strange Loop” at ACT Toni Rembe Theatre and review of “Blue Door” at Aurora Theatre Company.

Trina Robbins (1938-2024), who died of a stroke on April 10, 2024, discusses her memoir, “Last Girl Standing,” and her career in an interview recorded February 6, 2018.
Robert MacNeil (1931-2024), television anchorman of the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, who died on April 12, 2024, discusses his career in an interview recorded on June 25, 2003. This interview has not been heard in twenty years.
Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Don Winslow discusses his latest novel, third in a trilogy, and final novel of his career, “City in Ruins.” In an interview from 2016, Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about his novel, “The Sympathizer,” now adapted into a television miniseries. Also: Review of “Tiger Style!” at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley through April 28th. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.