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Don SwaimFor many years, most of the best writers of the English language found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. The one-on-one interviews typically lasted 30 to 45 minutes and then had to be edited down to a two-minute radio show. Wired for Books is proud to make these important oral documents publicly available for the first time in their entirety. Listen to the voices of many of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Visit the Wired for Books Don Swaim Page.

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American Book Award winners: Russell Banks | Sandra Cisneros | Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | William Kennedy | Paule Marshall | Toni Morrison | Gary Snyder | Art Spiegelman | John Edgar Wideman Booker Prize winners: Margaret Atwood | John Banville | Ian McEwan | Kazuo Ishiguro | Ruth Prawer Jhabvala | Thomas Keneally | Bernice Rubens | Graham Swift | Barry Unsworth Edgar Award winners: Lawrence Block | Mary Higgins Clark | Dick Francis | Frederick Forsyth | Tony Hillerman | P. D. James | Stuart Kaminsky | Elmore Leonard | Ed McBain (Evan Hunter) | Robert B. Parker | T. Jefferson Parker | Ruth Rendell | Joseph Wambaugh | Donald Westlake Hugo Award winners: Isaac Asimov | Ray Bradbury Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science winner: Oliver Sacks Literarian Award winner: Lawrence Ferlinghetti Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters winners: Judy Blume | Ray Bradbury | Joan Didion | James Laughlin | Norman Mailer | Toni Morrison | Adrienne Rich | Studs Terkel | John Updike National Book Award winners: John Barth | Kevin Boyle | James Carroll | James Dickey | Joan Didion | E. L. Doctorow | Richard Eberhart | Allen Ginsberg | John Irving | James Jones | Tracy Kidder | Maxine Hong Kingston | Jerzy Kosinski | Jonothan Kozol | Louis L'Amour | Barry Lopez | Paul Monette | Toni Morrison | Joyce Carol Oates | William L. Shirer | Susan Sontag | Robert Stone | William Styron | John Updike | Gore Vidal National Book Critics Circle Award winners: E. L. Doctorow | Stanley Elkin | John C. Gardner | William Kennedy | Toni Morrison | Reynolds Price | Jane Smiley | John Updike Nobel Prize winners: Gunter Grass | Doris Lessing | Toni Morrison PEN / Faulkner Award for Fiction winners: T. Coraghessan Boyle | Michael Cunningham | E. L. Doctorow | John Updike | John Edgar Wideman | Richard Wiley | Tobias Wolff Pulitzer Prize winners: Carl Bernstein | Robert Olen Butler | Michael Cunningham | Richard Eberhart | Oscar Hijuelos | William Kennedy | Tracy Kidder | Alison Lurie | Norman Mailer | Toni Morrison | Jane Smiley | Gary Snyder | Studs Terkel | John Updike

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Margaret Atwood Tom Clancy Gloria Steinem John Updike Toni Morrison Allen Ginsberg Joyce Carol Oates Isaac Asimov Paul Theroux Amy Tan Martin Cruz Smith Maya Angelou

Kids' Corner: Featuring the Stories of Beatrix Potter Kids' Corner - Featuring the stories of Beatrix Potter, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, a dramatic audio performance of the classic book. "Delightful,"says The Guardian of London. A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensListen to Charles Dickens' classic tale, A Christmas Carol in audio. A dramatic audio performance by the Wired for Books Players. "Critics' Choice" --The Guardian William ShakespeareThe Tragedy of Macbeth
by William Shakespeare, an audio performance. More Shakespeare plays and poems at Wired for Books
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum , a dramatic audio productionThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum, an unabridged audio book, performed by the Wired for Books Players.
Joan ConnorJoan Connor reads two of her short stories, The Joy of Being Comforted and Men in Brown. Jack MatthewsThe " master of prose conversation and deadpan charm" Jack Matthews reads his short story, The Girl at the Window. J.Allyn RosserJ. Allyn Rosser reads her poetry, including Late Elvis, Sole Blessing, Password and Raven. Wayne DoddListen to Wayne Dodd reading from his work, including On Any Given Afternoon and Naming the Winter. Sharmila VoorakkaraPrize-winning poet Sharmila Voorakkara reads her poems from Fire Wheel.
John BullockJohn Bullock reads from his novel, Making Faces. Emily DickinsonLaura Lee Parrotti reads the poetry of Emily Dickinson including the Love series and the Life series. Daniel KeyesDaniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon, and the real-life drama, The Minds of Billy Milligan, talks about his life of writing. Michelle HermanMichelle Herman reads and sings her essay, Performance Herbert Woodward MartinThe African American Oral Tradition, an exploration of sermon, song, and poetry, by Herbert Woodward Martin.
Terry AndersonTaken hostage in the Lebanese civil war, Terry Anderson was imprisoned for nearly seven years. He reads the Den of Lions poems. Dave SmithTwice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Dave Smith reads fifteen of his favorite poems. Lia PurpuraLia Purpura, author of Stone Sky Lifting, reads her poems for Wired for Books. Mark HallidayMark Halliday reads a few of his favorite poems, including Parkersburg, and Schnetzerday. Clea SimonClea Simon talks about her mystery novel, Mew is for Murder, and her nonfiction books, including Mad House.
Robert Pinsky - photo courtesy of Associated PressRobert Pinsky, US Poet Laureate, reads three of his poems: ABC, Samurai Song, and The Want Bone. Interviews by Mark Halliday and John Ray are included. Bonnie ProudfootBonnie Proudfoot reads her poetry, including Coping with  Awe and News from the Edge of the World. Rabindranath TagoreMartin Sheen reads  Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem, My Country Awake, at a rally  for the people of Appalachia. Eloise Klein HealyEloise Klein Healy, poet, teacher, and winner of the Grand Prize of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, reads her favorite poems. Walt WhitmanRichard Sater reads selections from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.
Rochelle ShapiroListen to an interview with novelist Rochelle Shapiro, author of Miriam the Medium. Darrell SpencerDarrell Spencer, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, presents his short story, Song and Dance. Caroline LeavittListen to an interview with Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls in Trouble. Robert KinsleyRobert Kinsley, author of Field Stones, offers poems from his book. Janis Butler HolmCindy Bonner: Romance and Rascals in the Wild, Wild West an essay by Janis Butler Holm.
Walter TevisWalter Tevis talks about chess, science fiction, speculative fiction, and his novels of the future. Jamie TevisJamie Tevis talks about Walter Tevis, author of the novels The Hustler, The Color of Money, and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Jeffry Allen TuckerRacial Realities  and Amazing  Alternatives: Studying the Works of Samuel R. Delany by Jeffrey Allen Tucker. Barbara SamsonAuthor of On N'est Pas Serieux Quand On A Dix-sept Ans (Nobody Is Serious when They're Seventeen), Barbara Samson talks about living with HIV. Thomas LynchThomas Lynch is a poet and funeral director. He reads from The Undertaking and Grimalkin & Other Poems.
A. E. HousmanRichard Compson Sater reads A. E. Housman's collection of poems, A Shropshire Lad, including To An Athlete Dying Young. Edgar Allen Poe Listen to The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart, written by the early master of gloom and horror, Edgar Allan Poe. Mark TwainListen to readings of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Extracts from Adam's Diary,and Eve's Diary by Mark Twain. Jack WrightJack Wright reads his short story, A Lost Wedding Ring: A Winter's Tale. You can also watch his short documentary film, Primitive Things. Michael BugejaPoems  by Michael Bugeja from his book, Talk.
Archer MayorListen to Archer Mayor, winner of the 2004 New England Book Award for Fiction, tell how he switched from writing history books to writing novels. Join Marilyn Atlas and Edgar Whan and special guests Daniel Born, Annette Oxindine, Peter Heidtmann and Vattel Rose as they discuss the stories of Raymond Carver, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Leo Tolstoy. The Iliad - Book I - The story of a raging anger and its human toll. The poem recounts "the rage of Achilles," the greatest of the Greek heroes fighting in the war against Troy. Listen to Stanley Lombardo read Homer's The Iliad - Book I in ancient Greek. The Aeneid - Book IV - Driven by fate to seek a new land for himself, his family, and the survivors of Troy, Aeneas abandons Carthage and his lover Dido. Valahfridus (Wilfried) Stroh reads Virgil's The Aeneid in Latin. William BlakeAvant-garde artist Aethelred Eldridge reads Milton by William Blake.
Richard StevensRichard Stevens reads a few of his favorite classic English poems. Charlie KeirnsListen to a reading of Charlie Kearn's play, Blue Rock. Michelle DislerMichelle Disler reads from The James Bond Alphabet and other essays from the James Bond project. O. Henry (William Sydney)Listen to the short story, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. Dan ChaonDan Chaon reads his short story, Shepherdess.
Poetry Online from Wired for Books. All of our poems and poets in one place. Susan GlaspellTrifles: A Play in One Act, written by Susan Glaspell and directed by Karen Chan. P. L. GausListen to P. L. Gaus read from his novel, Separate from the World. Eula BissEula Biss reads her essays,
Babylon
and
The Only Professional Player of the Toy Piano.
 

Wired for Books brings the literary festival to you. Listen to readings and lectures of noted writers,
all featured guests of the Ohio University Spring Literary Festival.

Lee K. Abbott
Lee K.
Abbott
Rick Bass
Rick
Bass
Claire Bateman
Claire
Bateman
Frank Bidart
Frank
Bidart
Stephen Dunn
Stephen
Dunn
Andrea Dworkin
Andrea
Dworkin
Lynn Emmanuel
Lynn
Emanuel
Thomas Glave
Thomas
Glave
Michael Griffith
Michael
Griffith

Barry Hannah
Barry
Hannah

Jim Harrison
Jim
Harrison
Kathryn Harrison
Kathryn
Harrison
Amy Hempel
Amy
Hempel
Tony Hoagland
Tony
Hoagland
Antonya Nelson
Antonya
Nelson
Sharon Olds
Sharon
Olds
Francine Prose
Francine
Prose
Andrew Sarris
Andrew
Sarris
Eleanor Wilner
Eleanor
Wilner
   

 

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