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All Alphabetical Archive links are active.

For a listing of all on-line archive programs, go to:
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Special Salman Rushdie Video Interview
Richard Wolinsky talks with Salman Rushdie at Montalvo Arts Center, May 20, 2007

September 30, 2010
Best of Bookwaves Volume 2 Fund Drive Special. Excerpts of interviews with Janis Ian, Don DeLillo, Amy Goodman, Paul Krugman and Annie Liebovitz (one hour)

September 23, 2010
Best of Bookwaves Fund Drive Special
Excerpts of interviews with Umberto Eco, Gore Vidal, Zadie Smith & Susan Sontag.
(one hour)

September 16, 2010
Mary Roach, author of Packing for Mars. Extended 35-minute edit

September 9, 2010
Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story.  Extended 40-minute edit

September 2, 2010

August 26, 2010
David Mitchell, author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Extended 40-minute edit

August 20, 2010
Open Book: Noir expert Eddie Muller
Extended 55-minute edit
Eddie Muller/Bookwaves Page

August 19, 2010
Myrlin A. Hermes, author of The Lunatic, The Lover and the Poet
Extended 33-minute edit

August 12, 2010
Justin Cronin, author of The Passage
Extended 42-minute edit

August 5, 2010
Barry Eisler, author of Inside Out.
Extended 50-minute edit
Barry Eisler Bookwaves page

August 3, 2010
The Best of Bookwaves. More highlights from a CD offered during this special one-hour broadcast. Excerpts include Susan Sontag, John Updike, David Grann and Gore Vidal.
Part One     Part Two

July 29, 2010
The Best of Bookwaves. Highlights from a CD offered during this special one-hour broadcast. Excerpts include Zadie Smith, E.L. Doctorow, Margaret Atwood and Gore Vidal.

July 22, 2010
Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.    Extended 40-minute edit

July 15, 2010
Alan Furst, author of Spies of the Balkans
Extended 40-minute edit

July 8, 2010
Jane Smiley, author of Private Life
Extended 36-minute edit

July 1. 2010
Bret Easton Ellis, author of Imperial Bedrooms
Extended 35-minute edit

June 25, 2010
Open Book: Singer/actor Sam Harris
Extended 35-minute web edit

June 24, 2010
Mark Kurlansky, author of The Eastern Stars
Extended 37-minute web edit

June 17, 2010
Dave Barry, author of I'll Mature When I'm Dead
Extended 45-minute edit
Bookwaves Page/Dave Barry

June 10, 2010
Peter Carey, author of Parrot & Olivier in America
Extended 40-minute edit
Bookwaves Page/Peter Carey

June 3, 2010
Anna Quindlen, author of Every Last One.
Extended 34-minute web edit
Spoiler questions

May 27, 2010
Pre-empted for special programming

May 20, 2010 (one hour program)
Part One  Part Two
Panel Discussion on Independent Book Stores and Publishing Today, with Clark Kepler of Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, Bill Petrocelli and Leslie Berkler of Book Passage in Corte Madera, and Andy Ross, former owner of Cody's Books and now a literary agent. (edited fund drive program)
Complete Panel Discussion:
Part One   Part Two   Part Three
Bookstore Panel page

May 16, 2010
Norris Church Mailer, author of the memoir A Ticket to the Circus  (edited fund drive program)
Extended 35- minute Web edit

May 13, 2010
David Grann, Part Two (edited fund drive program)

May 6, 2010
David Grann, author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. Part One
Complete 51-minute interview

April 29, 2010
Anne Lamott, author of novel Imperfect Birds.
Extended 34-minute edit

April 23, 2010
Open Book: Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theatre
Extended 38-minute web edit

April 22, 2010
Ian McEwan, author of the novel Solar
Extended 44-minute web edit

April 15, 2010
Pre-empted for special programming

April 8, 2010
Lisa See, author of Shanghai Girls
Extended edit & Lisa See page

April 1, 2010
Lionel Shriver, author of So Much For That
Extended 32-minute web edit

March 26, 2010
Adam Haslett, author of Union Atlantic

March 19, 2010
Peter Hessler, author of Country Driving
Extended 45-minute web edit

March 12, 2010
Open Book: Les Waters, Associate Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep.
Extended 35-minute edit
Les Waters Bookwaves Page

March 11, 2010
Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.
Extended 36-minute edit

March 4, 2010
Garry Wills, author of Bomb Power, The Modern Presidency and the National Security State.

February 25, 2010
Book Review with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.

February 18, 2010
Audrey Niffenegger, author of Her Fearful Symmetry and The Time Traveler's Wife.
extended 31-minute edit
Her Fearful Symmetry Spoiler Questions

February 11, 2010
Julie Powell, author of Cleaving.
Originally scheduled: Lisa See, author of the novel Shanghai Girls, now out in trade paper. Lisa See Interview

February 4, 2010
Abraham Verghese, author of the novel, Cutting For Stone, now out in trade paper.
Extended edit

January 28, 2010
Janice Y.K. Lee, author of the novel The Piano Teacher

January 21, 2010
Julie Powell, author of the memoir, Cleaving
Extended 33 minute web edit

January 14, 2010
Mary Karr, author of the memoir, Lit.
Extended 37 minute web edit

January 8, 2010
Open Book: Actress Sharon Gless, now starring in "A Round-Heeled Woman" at Z Space at Theatre Artaud in San Francisco. For ticket information, go to

January 7, 2010
Sarah Dunant, author of Sacred Hearts
Part two of a two part interview.
Part One: November 26, 2009

December 31, 2009
Hanif Kureishi, author of Something To Tell You. Rebroadcast from 2008.

December 24, 2009
Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side (interview from 2006)
Complete Interview

December 10, 2009: Part One
December 17, 2009: Part Two
John Irving, author of Last Night at Twisted River.

December 3, 2009
Tracy Kidder, author of Strength in What Remains.
Part One 3-3:30 pm
Part Two  3:30-4 pm

November 26, 2009
Sarah Dunant, author of Sacred Hearts
Part two of interview

November 19, 2009
Jonathan Lethem, author of Chronic City
Extended 36-minute web edit

November 12, 2009
E.L, Doctorow, author of Homer & Langley.
Extended 38-minute web edit

November 5, 2009
Neil Sheehan, author of A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate WeaponExtended 39-minute web edit

October 29, 2009
Francine Prose, author of Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife.
Extended 35-minute web edit

October 22, 2009
Richard Russo, author of That Old Cape Magic
extended 35-minute web edit

October 15, 2009
Margaret Atwood, author of The Year of the Flood. extended 40-minute web edit.

Featured Interview
Gore Vidal, author of Point to Point Navigation,  a memoir. Rebroadcast February 1, 2007.  Extended 36-minute web edit

All Bookwaves shows that can be heard on-line are listed and linked alphabetically.

2010 Interviews from the KPFA Archive
Dave Barry, Best of Bookwaves, Deborah Blum, Peter Carey, Justin Cronin, Sarah Dunant, Jennifer Egan, Barry Eisler, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Furst, Sharon Gless, David Grann, Sam Harris (performer), Adam Haslett, Myrlin A. Hermes, Peter Hessler, Mary Karr, Mark Kurlansky, Anne Lamott, Janice Y.K. Lee, Norris Church Mailer, Ian McEwan, David Mitchell, Eddie Muller, Audrey Niffenegger, Anna Quindlen, Carey Perloff, Julie Powell, Mary Roach, Lionel Shriver, Gary Shteyngart, Jane Smiley, Les Waters, Garry Wills, Panel on bookstores & publishing.

2009 Interviews from the KPFA Archive
Margaret Atwood, Nicholson Baker, Cari Beauchamp, T.C. Boyle, David Carr, Kate Christensen, Ed Decker, E.L. Doctorow, Sarah Dunant, John Fisher, Glen David Gold, Adam Gopnik, Amy Goodman & David Goodman, David Grann, Allegra Huston, Steven Johnson, John Irving, Tracy Kidder, John Lescroart, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Lewis (2006), Yiyun Li, Colum McCann, Nicholas Meyer, Lorrie Moore, Walter Mosley, Azar Nafisi, Sharon Ott, George Pelecanos, Carey Perloff, Francine Prose, Sherri Reynolds, Richard Russo, Lisa See, Neil Sheehan, Jerry Stahl, Jonathan Tropper, Thrity Umrigar, John Updike (2006), Abraham Verghese, Norah Vincent, Colson Whitehead, John Wray

2008 Interviews from the KPFA Archive
Paul Auster, Stefan Merrill Block, Augusten Burroughs, Ian Buruma, Peter Carey, Vikram Chandra, Sloane Crossley, Louise Erdrich, John Fisher, Karen Joy Fowler, Thomas Frank, Andrew Sean Greer, David Guterson, Jennifer Haigh, Scott Heim, Aleksander Hemon, Tony Hillerman (2002), Ha Jin, Janis Ian, Stefan Kanfer, Hanif Kureishi, Dennis Lehane, Annie Leibovitz, Anthony Lewis, Delroy LIndo, Norman MailerTribute, James McBride, Sue Miller, Stewart O'Nan, Joseph O'Neill, Ann Packer, Richard Preston, Richard Price, David Rieff, Salman Rushdie, Mary Doria Russell, John Burnham Schwartz, David Sedaris, David Shields, Tony Taccone, Paul Theroux. David Thomson

2007 Interviews from the KPFA Archive
Kim Addonizio, Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Steven Bach, John Banville, Elizabeth Berg, Amy Bloom, Bill Bradley, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Joe Conason, Edwidge Danticat, Eugene Drucker, Barry Eisler, Nathan Englander, Steve Erickson, Sebastian Faulks, Charles Frazier, William Gibson, David Halberstam (1994), Robert Harris, Jim Harrison, A.M.. Homes, Nalo Hopkinson, Nancy Horan, Nick Hornby, Molly Ivins (2003), Elizabeth Kolbert, Paul Krugman, Armistead Maupin, Colum McCann, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Ondaatje, Orhan Pamuk, Ann Patchett, Francine Prose, Nicky Silver, Scott Smith, Susan Sontag (2000), Judith Stone, Robert Stone, Jeffrey Toobin, Bruce Wagner, Alison Weir, Marianne Wiggins, Douglas Wolk.

2006 Interviews from the KPFA Archive

Monica Ali, Julian Barnes, John Baxter, John W. Dean, Elizabeth Dewberry, Jennifer Egan, Katrina Firlik, Tim Flannery, Alan Furst, Alan Hollinghurst, Patricia Holt, Tony Kushner, George Lakoff, Anne Lamott,  David Leavitt, Annie Leibovitz, Michael Lewis, Gayle Lynds, Stephen McCauley, Jay McInerney, Mark Crispin Miller, Cynthia Ozick, Thomas Perry, Frank Rich, Lisa See, Zadie Smith, Dana Spiotta, George Stevens Jr., Gay Talese, Michael Tolkin, John Updike, Sarah Vowell, Gore Vidal, Edmund White, Colson Whitehead, Michael York

2005 Interviews from the KPFA Archive
John Berendt, David Bezmozgis, Russell Banks, Robert Olen Butler, Margaret Cho, Susanna Clarke, Michael Cunningham, Francine du Plessix Gray, Bret Easton Ellis, Roger Ebert, Umberto Eco, Nicholas Evans, John Falk, Jonathan Safran Foer, Thomas Frank, Adam Gopnik, Steven Greenblatt, Jonathan Harr, Rupert Holmes, Diane Johnson, Gerard Jones, Neil Jordan, Anne Lamott, Peter Lefcourt, Vyvyanne Loh, Chris Mooney, Martin Moran, Kem Nunn, Amos Oz, George Pendle, David Plotz, David Rakoff, Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Mary Doria Russell, Bart Schneider, Martin Cruz Smith, Amy Tan, David Thomson, Mychael Urban, John Vaillant, William T. Vollman.
2004 Interviews from the KPFA Archive
Chris Abani, Diane Ackerman, Ken Auletta, Peter Biskind, Augusten Burroughs,  Donald Currie, E. L. Doctorow, Maureen Dowd, Firoozeh Dumas, Sarah Dunant, Nerrudin Farah, Tess Gerritsen, Andrew Sean Greer, Kent Haruf, Daniel Hecht, Ursula Hegi, Edward P. Jones, Faye & Jonathan Kellerman, Gayle Lynds,  Barry Lopez, Walter Mosley, Garth Nix, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Richard Price, Mary Roach, Frank M. Robinson, Jerry Stahl, Jeff Stetson, Paul Theroux. 
2003 Interviews from the KPFA Archive
Margaret Atwood, James Carroll, Richard Chamberlain, Joan Didion, Louise Erdrich, Arthur Gelb, Molly Ivins, Diane Johnson, Fenton Johnson, Erica Jong, Lauren Kessler, Anne Lamott, Dennis Lehane, Barry Levinson, Robert McNeil, John Murray, Edna O'Brien, Suzan-Lori Parks, Arthur Phillips, Annie Proulx, Dan Savage, Richard Schickel, Alexander McCall Smith, Bruce Sterling, Robert Stone, Garry Wills.

Featured Interview Archive Page 1:
Terrence McNally, Molly Ivins,: Barry Levinson, Richard Chamberlain, Dennis Lehane, Margaret Atwood, Erica Jong, Michael Ondaatje, Erik Larson, Don DeLillo, William Gibson, Jeffrey Eugenides,

Featured Interview Archive Page 2:
Mart Crowley, Anne Lamott, Salman Rushdie, Carol Channing, Ann Patchett.