Bookwaves/Artwaves – January 27, 2022: Andrew Vachss – Charles Yu

Bookwaves/Artwaves

Noted noir and detective fiction writer Andrew Vachss, who died on December 27, 2021, discusses his work in this archive interview from 1991. That’s followed by an interview Charles Yu, author of the 2020 National Book Award winnter for fiction, “Interior Chinatown,” who talks about his book and his career. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

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Itamar Moses, playwright and librettist for “The Band’s Visit,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky, recorded January 10, 2021. Itamar Moses has written several plays, including “Yellowjackets,” which was performed in 2008 at Berkeley Rep, and the books for three musicals. He won a Tony Award for “The Band’s Visit,” which plays at SF Broadway’s Golden Gate Theater through February 6, 2021.


The great Broadway composer lyricist Stephen Sondheim died on Friday, November 26, 2021 at the age of 91. Today’s program starts with a 2011 interview with the Broadway legend, recorded for the second volume of his collection of lyrics, “Look! I Made a Hat.” That’s followed by an interview with Broadway performer Nancy Opel, who is currently in “A Christmas Carol” at the Golden Gate Theatre. The weekly theater review looks at “Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley,” now at Marin Theatre Company. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.


Jan Morris (1926-2020) was a noted travel writer and historian, and a leading figure in the trans world. This program contains two interviews with Jan Morris, the first from August, 1999 which focuses on her career as a travel writer and historian, and the second from November 2001, recorded during the tour for her book, “Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere.” Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff. Produced and introduced by host Richard Wolinsky.


Venessa Veselka discusses her two novels, “The Great Offshore Grounds” and “Zazen,” both just released in trade paperback, then a 1981 interview with Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) about the origins of Spenser and Hawk, and his views on detective fiction. Weekly Review: My Fair Lady, Lincoln Center Revival, at the Orpheum in San Francisco. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.