Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s Bookworm, is known for earnest, in-depth conversations with heavyweight authors — from Joan Didion to Karl Ove Knausgard to Joyce Carol Oates. But he’s agreed to step out of his usual milieu for Press Play. Later this month, Michael will join Madeleine for a conversation about summer books. He’ll share his thoughts on two of the blockbuster releases of the season, “The Fever” by Megan Abbott and “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub.**
“The Fever” tells the story of a group of high school girls stricken by a mysterious illness. “The Vacationers” follows a family on vacation in Majorca, Spain.
Both books will get the Bookworm treatment on Press Play the week of July 21.
Bookworm fans who thrive on more intellectual fare should be sure to tune in too. Michael’s also going to be talking to Madeleine about his recommended “catch-up classic” — a book you might not have picked up yet, but really
should this summer — and he’s selected a doozy: James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” He’ll share why, and talk about what “Ulysses” has to offer modern audiences.
What are your favorite summer beach reads? Do you have a book you turn back to every time the weather gets warm? Have you discovered a new book that you can’t stop recommending? Let us know in the comments below. And remember: This is a safe space. You can admit to loving the trashiest novel on the shelf. No one’s judging.
**James Patterson’s novel “Invisible” was previously on the lineup but was bumped for various reasons.**
(Photo of book on beach by Emma Karlsmark Elfstrand)