2018 Program Archives & Book Comments

A listing of books discussed and interviews conducted 
on Bookwaves and Arts-Waves. All programs can be heard below or at  www.kpfa.org for the podcast.  Because archived material is timed to begin exactly on the hour/half hour, recorded shows may start seconds or minutes after the link begins playing. All interviews are conducted by Richard Wolinsky, unless otherwise noted.
Bookwaves on
Cover to Cover

April 6, 2018
Steven Saylor, author of The Throne of Caesar.
Steven Saylor’s latest novel takes his detective protagonist, Gordianus the Finder, to the days leading to the assassination of Julius Caesar. In the novel, Gordianus has just been appointed by Caesar to the Roman Senate, and has been tasked by Caesar and by Cicero, to discover if there’s any plot afoot to kill the dictator before he leaves to conquer Parthia. 
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

Posted April 4, 2018
Rachel York, actor, Head Over Heels, at the Curran Theatre,  April 10 - May 6, 2018
Complete 10-minute Bay Area Theater podcast

April 2, 2018
Paul Auster, author of 4 3 2 1
Paul Auster's epic novel deals with the nature of probability. The book starts out with events leading up to the birth of one Archie Ferguson. Then we follow Archie as his family becomes poor, stays middle class, becomes rich, and becomes fatherless. The four Archies each lead their own lives in alternating chapters as they come to adulthood. Immersive and fascinating. Rebroadcast.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 38-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast​

March 29, 2018
Peter Carey, author of the novel, A Long Way from Home.
A Long Way From Home delves into the story of racism in Australia and the oppression of the indigenous aboriginal peoples who inhabited the continent for two centuries before the white man and colonialism arrived. The novel does this by focusing on the Redex, an auto trial which featured a voyage around Australia starting in Sydney.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 35-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

March 26, 2018
Richard Fouts, playwright and Suze, Allen, director, The Birthday Lottery at Z Space, March 29 - April 1, 2018
Program as heard on KPFA
Complete 30-minute Bay Area Theater podcast

March 22, 2018
Joyce Maynard, author of the memoir, The Best of Us.
The author of several novels and multiple memoirs, Joyce Maynard’s latest book deals with her unexpected relationship and marriage in her late fifties, followed shortly thereafter with her husband’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. It’s both a love story and a harrowing tale of coping with a fatal disease.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 48-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

March 19, 2018
Ryan Weible, director, Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim, at 42nd St. Moon Gateway Theatre through April 15, 2018.
Program as heard on KPFA
Complete interview 30-minute Bay Area Theater podcast

March 15, 2018
Tim Kreider, author of I Wrote This Book Because I Love You.  Tim Kreider gained a reputation as a cartoonist in the style of B. Kliban before turning political following the stolen election of 2000 and 9/11. His series, “The Pain — When Will It End?” ran for twelve years in the Baltimore City Paper and other alternative weeklies. His latest collection of essays deals with the personal and the political, and examines such topics as the war on terror, atheism, the circus and other themes.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 51-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

March 12, 2018
Peter Mayle (1939-2018), author of Encore Provence. Recorded October 18, 1999. 
Peter Mayle became a best-selling author following the publication of his memoir, A Year in Provence, about the renovation of his home after he moved to the South of France. He followed it with novels and collections of essays, including Encore Provence, for which he went on tour in 1999.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 34-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

February 19, 2018
Otessa Moshfegh, author of Homesick for Another World.
Considered one of the finest authors in America under the age of 40, Otess Moshfegh is developing her own cult following with her own iconoclastic style and dark humor. These stories reflect why she's growing in stature. Rebroadcast
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 38-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

February 15, 2018
Trina Robbins, author of the memoir,  Last Girl Standing.
A legend in comic book circles, an artist at a time when hardly any women drew comics, Trina Robbins' latest book, a memoir, “Last Girl Standing,” deals with her life as an artist, author, and clothing designer. She was the first woman to edit a comic book created by women, “It Ain’t Me Babe,” the first woman to draw “Wonder Woman,” and the single most influential historian chronicling the women who created comics and cartoons.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 44-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

February 12, 2018
Joy Carlin, director, Widowers' Houses by George Bernard Shaw at Aurora Theatre through March 4, 2018.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 33-minute Bay Area Theater podcast

February 5, 2018
Margaret Atwood, 1989.
Interview recorded February 22, 1989, focusing on The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye. Interviewers:
Richard Wolinsky, Richard A. Lupoff and Lisa Goldstein
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 31-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

February 1, 2018
Ursula K. LeGuin (1928-2018)
Ursula K. Le Guin, who broke the artificial wall between science fiction and literature, died on January 22nd, 2018 at the age of 88. An essayist and poet along with being a fiction writer, she transcended all genres with the quality of her prose and the allegorical nature of her work. Among her best known works are The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, and her fantasy novels set in Earthsea.
Interview recorded September 29, 2000 while on tour for the novel The Telling. Hosts: Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 53-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 29, 2018
George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo
Known for his short stories, George Saunders tackles the long form in his brilliant first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Ghosts prowl a cemetery in Washington DC and Lincoln lays his son to rest in the midst of the Civil War. Told as an "oral history," this original piece of work sits in the mind afterward.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 44-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 25, 2018
Nathan Englander, author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth. Nathan Englander’s second novel concerns the ongoing crisis between Palestinians and Israels in the story of a prisoner, a former Mossad agent, now being held in an Israeli prison. No one knows he is there. Based on the story of “Prisoner X,” the novel deals with the nature of identity, politics, and empathy.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 36-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 22, 2018
John Kolvenbach, playwright, Reel to Reel, at Magic Theatre through February 25, 2018.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 35-minute Bay Area Theater podcast

January 18, 2018
Douglas Preston, author of Lost City of the Monkey God.
The story of the search for a fabled city in Central America, the book also covers a history of conmen and thieves, a search using modern technology, a trip into an unexplored jungle, and medical horrors in the aftermath. Preston weaves it all together in a way that keeps you turning the pages.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 15, 2018
The Gershwin Project II: Deena Rosenberg, author of Fascinating Rhythm and Michael Strunsky of the Gershwin Trust, recorded August 14, 1992. 
Hosts: Richard Wolinsky & Alex Davis. 
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 50-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 11, 2018
Sue Grafton (1940-2017)
Program contains excerpts from two interviews
April 17, 1989 F is for Fugitive
April 13, 1992 I is for Innocent
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 39-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast 

January 8, 2018
Judith Ivey, actress, The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, directed by Carey Perloff, at ACT Geary Theatre through February 4, 2018.
Program as heard on KPFA
Complete 29-minute Bay Area Theater podcast

January 4, 2018
Helen Benedict, author of the novel Wolf Season.
Wolf Season takes place in a small town near Albany, New York, where Iraq war veterans and Iraqi refugees both live and work, and what happens when a natural disaster forces them to interact. How does PTSD and trauma affect those who lived or fought in a war zone, and how does that trauma scar them afterward?
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 1, 2018
Cleve Jones, author of When We Rise.
When We Rise is a memoir about the life of the gay and union activist, dealing with being gay in San Francisco before AIDS, the AIDS crisis and the quilt, and life as union activist years later. The TV show is related to, but very different from the book. The Q&A posted here is almost entirely about activism in the Age of Trump. Rebroadcast
Program as heard on KPFA