Jane Smiley discusses her most recent novel, “A Dangerous Business,” now out in trade paperback. And in an interview from 2016, Harlan Coben talks about his writing career and his then most recent book, “Fool Me Once,” now a Netflix miniseries. Also: Review of “The Wiz” at the Golden Gate Theatre through February 11, 2024. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Two Interviews.
Terry Bisson (1942-2024), science fiction/fantasy author and political activist, died on January 10, 2024 at the age of 81. In this interview from January 2013 he discusses his career and his novel “Any Day Now,” a thinly disguised memoir in a science fiction setting.
Roger Ebert (1942-2013), noted film reviewer, discusses his book “Great Movies II” and other film-related issues, along with his work as political commentator, recorded in 2005.
Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Helen Benedict, co-author (with Eyad Awwadawnon) of “Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Helen Benedict is the author of seven novels and five books of non-fiction. Her latest book, “Map of Hope and Sorrow,” co-written by Eyad Awwadawnon, a Syrian refugee who was planning to get a law degree in Damascus, is partly an oral history of refugees coming to Greece after escaping from their home countries, and partly a look at the refugee camps of Greece. Also: Bay Area Theatre in 2023: Best of the Year.

Anne Rice, the author of “Interview with the Vampire” and “The Vampire Lestat,” along with several other books, incluing the Mayfair Witches trilogy and “Cry to Heaven,” died of a stroke on December 11, 2021. In this interview recorded in December 2016, she discusses her return to books about Lestat along with her entire career as a writer, with host Richard Wolinsky. Photo: Anne Rice & Richard Wolinsky, 2014.

A.S. Byatt (1936-November 18, 2023), in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky on ​​​​​January 27, 2003 while on tour for the novel, “A Whistling Woman. Winner of the 1990 Booker Prize for her novel “Possession,” and for her two-novella collection, “Angels and Insects,” A.S. Byatt was one of Britain’s most celebrated authors.
Theatre Reviews: Guys and Dolls at SF Playhouse; Harry Clarke at Berkeley Rep.

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.
Also: Review of “1984” a new adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan of the novel by George Orwell, at Aurora Theatre Company through December 10, 2023.

Tim O’Brien, whose latest novel is a contemporary satire, “America Fantastica,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky, recorded at Book Passage on November 6, 2023. The author of ten previous novels, winner of the National Book Award in 1978 for “Going After Cacciato,” and acclaimed for his linked collection of stories about the Vietnam War, “The Things They Carried”. Also: Review of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at Shotgun Players Ashby Stage in Berkeley through December 30, 2023.