Thursday, August 16, 2012

John Irving's House Rules

John Irving
Bookworm Radio Program
Host Michael Silverblatt
Thursday August 16; 2:30 PM PDT
KCRW -FM 89.9 FM (Los Angeles) via Bosco Radio News and Info
Five Scoops of Bosco

Academy Award-winning screenwriter, John Irving, (The Cider House Rules) returns to the Bookworm Radio Program today, this time to talk about his latest book, In One Person (Simon & Schuster). a novel about the life and times of a bi-sexual man growing up around actors, boxers, transsexuals and librarians.

The novel culminates in New York during the AIDS crisis.

Irving is back to form, even speaking about how his son's sexuality influenced the novel.

Bookworm can be heard each Thursday afternoon on the air in the Los Angeles area (KCRW 89.9 FM) and by the rest of the world at  The program can also be linked through Bosco Radio: News and Information Channel in our sidebar starting at 2:30 PM PDT each Thursday.

A man who converses on an equal plane with writers of fiction and poetry, often surprising them with his insights, Michael Silverblatt has made Bookworm the country's premier literary talk show.  His secret, says Norman Mailer, who has subjected himself three times to the Bookworm's scrutiny, is that "he's the best reader in America."

Silverblatt's formidable knowledge comes from close reading and analysis of a writer's entire oeuvre. Susan Sontag calls him "a national treasure."  As host and guiding spirit of the half hour radio show, Silverblatt has reinvented the art of literary conversation, introducing listeners to new and emerging authors along with writers of renown.

Joyce Carol Oates once called him the "reader writers dream about," and his podcasts are so popular that New York's independent bookstores describe a "Silverblatt ripple effect" on book sales.

A New York native, Silverblatt graduated from the State University of New York in Buffalo and later took advanced courses at Johns Hopkins.  He moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1970's where he worked in motion picture public relations and script development.  He created Bookwork for KCRW-FM in 1989.

As a student, he came under the influence of such cutting-edge author-teachers as Donald Barthelme and John Barth; as a radio talk-show host, he learned to appreciate a much wider range of writing - making him, he hopes, "a person of ferocious compassion instead of ferocious intellect."

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