online audio interviews with the best-known writers of three generations, author updates, and more
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archy, mehitabel & james whitcomb riley
meditation by don swaim
FIRST PRINTED BOOK IN THE AMERICAS
Gabriel Fernandez Ledesma, artist
Rare woodcut found at a flea market in New Jersey led to this illustrated essay by Don Swaim. READ
ON TOP OF ROMERO
Words & lyrics by Don Swaim
REANIMATION BABY RAG
Words & lyrics by Don Swaim
INSTANT LITERARY QUIZ
Try it. Make Shakespeare Proud!
Photo-essay by Don Swaim HERE
BACK IN PRINT!
Don Swaim's H.L. Mencken Murder Case, originally published by St. Martin's Press, returns to print as a trade paperback through the Authors Guild Backinprint program. Available at amazon.com. $12.95. Swaim is the editor of the Book Beat Site. "...there's a dusty-attic charm to Mr. Swaim's fond evocation of bookshops past, and he couldn't have enticed a livelier ghost than Mencken to haunt them." --The New York Times Sunday Book Review
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Satirical and literary, Bright Sun Extinguished: Ode to Norman Mailer is an original pastiche of dark fantasy and horror. The free software to read it can easily be downloaded to Macs, PCs, iPads, Kindles, or any digital device from amazon.com. $2.99. Swaim is the editor of the Book Beat Site. A literary gem filled with subtleties re pop culture and events leading up to and beyond a literary apocalypse. -- C.G. Bauer
BOOK BEAT'Swebsite, founded by Dave Kurz. Wired for Books declined to include the actual two-minute radio features, as opposed to the raw interviews, so the features, as they appeared on the air, are posted on this site. Kurz' retirement left Wired for Books in limbo.
Broadcasting was a different world in 1967 when CBS began an all-news radio operation on its 50,000-watt WCBS, New York, flagship of its seven owned-and-operated AM stations. Then, WCBS broadcast a daily book review with contributions from the staff voiced by Dick Reeves. Don Swaim, a former television news editor from Baltimore, contributed regularly to this feature, transcripts of which were distributed to the news media. An excerpt from Swaim's review of an oral biography of Harry S Truman appeared in the New York Post on March 2, 1974:
By late 1982, Swaim, who had been reporting on books and authors for the station for several years (as well as a contributor to a CBS-FM broadcast, "Crosstalk"), proposed a daily feature, "Book Beat," to which staff members, one of whom was WCBS political reporter Steve Flanders, would contribute. Flanders' sudden death scotched that idea, and Swaim embarked on the five-day-a-week feature alone. The executives in charge were Mike Ludlum and Lou Adler. Its first broadcast was January 3, 1983, with a profile of William Styron. Later, the network's CBS Radio Stations News Service headed by Joe Durso, Jr., made "Book Beat" available nationwide. Over the years, more than 700 writers, famous and unknown, were interviewed. "Book Beat"'s final broadcast was September 9, 1993, with an interview with Ray Bradbury on the 40th anniversary of Farenheit 451.POSTSCRIPT
There was uncertainty as to how to preserve this remarkable archive. Finally, the raw interviews, all on tape, were acquired by Ohio University in Athens, which digitized the material and posted it on its Wired for Books
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DON'S SECRET MUSINGS 1985
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Stanley Elkin 4/16/85"Stan, lemme try to explain something to you about the craft of fiction." listen
John Irving 5/24/85"John, now if I'd written 'Garp' I would have ended it this way..." listen
Jane Ann Phillips 5/21/85"This gal needs a personal writing tutor, and I'm just the guy." listen
Paul Theroux 5/27/85"Paul, you may have gone to Timbuktu, but never to Asbury Park in January." listen
BOOK "MARKS" TV DEMOS
Two six-minute TV pilots with Don Swaim interviewing humorist Roy Blount, Jr., and novelist Hugh Nissenson for a show taped in 1987 for Walden Books. The project went nowhere, but the demos survive. Click on images below to start the Quicktime movies.
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WIRED FOR BOOKS:
Stephen Vincent Benét, Ambrose Bierce, and Me
But you have -- even though you may not have known it. His name was EDWARD DE GRAZIA who died on April 11, 2013 at the age of eighty-six. He fought for free speech against the reactionaries who--until de Grazia took them on--had censored our books and films.
Ed de Grazia's victories over the agents of suppression were manifest, and among the literary figures he championed were Henry Miller, William S. Burroughs, and publisher Barney Rosset. A champion of the First Amendment, de Grazia changed America's obscenity laws forever--we hope.
Don Swaim interviewed de Grazia on the occasion of his massive account about the law of obscenity and the assault on genius, Girls Lean Back Everywhere.
Born in Germany, the Booker Prize-winning novelist was best known for her screenplays, which she wrote as part of the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking tean. Jhabvala won Oscars for Room with a View and Howard's End. Don Swaim interviewed her in 1993: LISTEN. Note: this interview was recorded but not broadcast on Book Beat.
STANLEY KARNOW 1925-2013
One of America's great journalists and historians, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Karnow covered Southeast Asia for Time, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and NBC News, and wrote nine books. He may be best known for his mammoth Vietnam: A History, and its companion, a thirteen-hour PBS documentary. Don Swaim spoke to Karnow about that significant but sorry chapter in American history. LISTEN.
Mississippi-born, Ellen Douglas' highly-regarded novel Can't Quit You, Baby examines the relationship between an aging white woman and her black maid. Don Swaim interviewed her on the occasion of that book: LISTEN.
Best known for her 1952 novel Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Han Suyin was born in China to an Asian father and a Belgian mother. She lived in Switzerland and wrote in English and French. Don Swaim interviewed her on the occasion of her book The Enchantress: LISTEN. For the unedited interview on Wired for Books listen here.
SEE YOU ON THE RADIO!
Charles Osgood (CBS News), Don Swaim -- October 20, 2012
SOMEBODY HAD TO WRITE IT
Bill Diehl (ABC News), Don Swaim -- October 15, 2011
WHERE ALL THE CHILDREN ARE
Garrison Keillor, Don Swaim -- June 14, 2004
OLD DAYS IN BALTIMORE
Don Swaim [Supervising News Editor], middle, 1966, Channel 2, Baltimore
Note ugly Channel 2 patches worn on our blazers.
NEWS DIRECTOR, WORK, YORK, PA
Don Swaim, awful crew cut, skinny tie -- in newsroom, 1964
Rear: Tim O'Neil, one of our three newsmen, at the teletype.
EARLIEST B'CAST DAYS, OHIO
Don Swaim, WATH, Athens, Ohio, 1959
First professional job, such as it was.
Don's yearbook photo, Aspinwall High School, PA
fame & fortune escaped this kid -- but he did it until the end
A little-known reviewer in The New York Times Sunday Book Review of August 17, 2012, launched an ugly, mean-spirited attack on author Alix Ohlin, whose new novel and a short story collection were just published. Read Don Swaim's case for literary civility HERE
INTERVIEW WITH ALIX OHLIN
Montreal-born Alix Ohlin is the author of the novel The Missing Person and the story collection Babylon (both Knopf). She earned a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Ohlin teaches creative writing at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. To hear Don Swaim's 2009 interview with Ohlin click LISTEN
THE CULT OF AYN RAND
A Wisconsin congressman, Paul Ryan, running mate of Republican presidential aspirant Mitt Romney, once claimed to be an ardent devotee of Ayn Rand. Now, Ryan says it was just a youthful fling -- because Rand's atheism and her pro-choice positions are anathema to the right-wing elements Ryan/Romney need as their base. The Ayn Rand story below:
October 2009 marked the publication of two definitive biographies of Ayn Rand [New York Times Reviews], author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and whose "Ojectivist" philosophy led to a cult-like following. Don Swaim interviewed the three most influential people in her career.
Nathaniel Brandon, Rand's leading advocate, intellectual heir, and lover: listen
Barbara Brandon, early Rand deciple and husband of Nathaniel. His sexual relationship with Rand led to a self-destructive denouement: listen
Leonard Piekoff, Rand's literary executor, on the philosophy of Ayn Rand: listen
Leonard Piekoff, Rand's literary executor, on the early writings of Ayn Rand: listen
GORE VIDAL (1925-2012)
Don Swaim interviewed Gore Vidal twice, the first sometime in the 1970s for a CBS-FM broadcast called "Crosstalk." The interview went so badly -- Vidal being intimidating and insulting -- that it was broadcast only once and then destroyed. The second interview in 1992 went much better. For the actual broadcasts: LISTEN. For the raw, unedited interview from Wired for Books listen here
Ray Bradbury was more than a science-fiction writer. He was also a literary treasure. Don Swaim interviewed Ray twice:
Green Shadows White Whale. 7/20/92. Listen
40th Anniversary of Fahrenheit 451. 9/18/93. Listen
UCLA 90th Birthday Tribute in 2010 HERE Don's unedited 1992 Wired for Books interview HERE Don's unedited 1993 Wired for Books interview HERE
Ray was wonderfully generous with his time and signature. Above is a pen and ink sketch he sent to Don Swaim
The great Mexican author -- and diplomat -- Carlos Fuentes, who died in Mexico City on May 15, 2012, at the age of eighty-three, published some twenty books. But for Ambrose Bierce fans he'll always be known for Old Gringo, in which the fictional Bierce is caught up in a love triangle in revolutionary Mexico. In the film version, Bierce was portrayed by Gregory Peck, Jimmy Smits as one of Pancho Villa's generals, and Jane Fonda as the love interest. Ambrose Bierce Site founder Don Swaim interviewed Fuentes in 1992: LISTEN. For the unedited interview from Wired for Books listen HERE
Fuentes was an extraordinary man who spoke flawless English. He told me that long after being barred from the U.S. as a "subversive," he was finally permitted to enter, but restricted to Manhattan. Norman Mailer invited him to dinner at Mailer's home in Brooklyn Heights, so Fuentes hid in the trunk of Mailer's car in order to cross the East River hidden for the evening.
Who were (are) the subversives? Not Fuentes. But those who aid and abet ruthless dictators, bomb and occupy helpless nations, commit kidnapping and torture, willfully despoil the environment, deny assistance to the impoverished, intimidate the powerless, deprive the innocent of due process, prohibit a woman's right to her own body, destroy the economy with nineteenth-century notions of economics, threaten the unarmed with guns, and appoint courts that ignore judicial precedent to elevate delusional halfwits to a presidency. Not only subversive but un-American. Carlos Fuentes a subversive? (DS)
To visit the Original Ambrose Bierce Site click HERE
BOOK BEAT PRODUCER PROFILED BY
OHIO UNIVERSITY LIBRARYThe Alden Library published a profile of Don Swaim and "Book Beat" in its quarterly publication Gatherings. To read the article click HERE
Drawing of Ambrose Bierce © Matthew & Eve Levine 2012.
Limited edition prints and licensing opportunities available through D. Levine Ink.__________________
HARRY CREWS (1935-2012)
Delightfully profane, deliciously Southern, Harry Crews was one of a kind. While not to everyone's taste, Harry -- with his hard drinking, troubled life -- was virtually a cult hero among writers. Don Swaim interviewed him on the occasion of his novel Body. LISTEN. For the unedited interview from Wired for Books listen here
Don Swaim's decade-long search for an elusive variant of a famous John Steinbeck title was published as an illustrated essay in the March 2012 edition of The Steinbeck Collectors Gazette. The entire issue of the magazine can be read HERE.
The Baltimore-born feminist poet won the National Book Award and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. Don Swaim interviewed her on the occasion of her book Blood, Bread, and Poetry: LISTEN. For the unedited interview from Wired for Books listen here.
BARNEY ROSSET (1922-2012)
As head of Grove Press, Barney Rosset was one of the most courageous men in America. He openly defied the censors -- risked fines and imprisonment to beat them all in the courts -- and went on to publish Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Che Guevara, D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and William Burroughs. He was undeterred even as his office was firebombed and he received death threats. Don Swaim interviewed Rosset in 1984: LISTEN. For the unedited interview from Wired for Books listen here
VLADIMIR NABOKOVThe Russian-born author's greatest champion may have been his son Dimitri, who died in February 2012 at the age of seventy-seven.
Don Swaim spoke to Dimitri about the elder Nabokov's heretofore unpublished novel, The Enchanter, thought to be the forrunner of Lolita: LISTEN
In 1993, Don interviewed Brian Boyd, author of the definitive two-volume biography of Vladimir Nabokov: LISTEN
The famed photojournalist, whose subjects ranged from Marilyn Monroe to Malcolm X, was born in Philadelphia. A leading light in the golden age of news photography, Eve Arnold died in London at the age of 99. Don Swaim interviewed her twice:
On the occasion of her book In America, 12/23/83: LISTEN
On Marilyn Monroe: An Appreciation, 10/14/87: LISTEN
The Czech dissident writer survived the Nazi occupation only to defy Soviet tanks and Communist censorship. He found academic freedom in Canada and earned an illustrious career as an author and publisher. Don Swaim interviewed him in 1984: LISTEN. For the unedited interview from Wired for Books listen here
Hoban was known for his innovative sci-fi novel Riddley Walker and for his children's books, such as the "Frances" series. Although he lived in London, Hoban was born in Lansdale, PA. Don Swaim interviewed him in 1988: LISTEN. For the unedited interview from Wired for Books listen here
Journalist and novelist Tom Wicker, author of twenty books, was a political cluminist for The New York Times for twenty-five years. Don Swaim interviewed him in 1984: LISTEN. For the unedited interview from Wired for Books listen here
BIO OF KURT VONNEGUT
And So It Goes -- Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields is the first major biography of this popular writer. Even though Vonnegut's family withheld permission to quote directly from Vonnegut's letters, Shields' bio is more than 500 pages.
Don Swaim's 1981 interview with Vonnegut: LISTEN
As a science-fiction writer, the Hugo and Nebula award-winner Anne McCaffrey was best known for her series of young-adult novels, "Dragonriders of Pern." Don Swaim interviewed her in 1988: LISTEN. For the unedited interview from Wired for Books listen here
Catch-22's 50th Anniversary
Joseph Heller graced the world with his satirical anti-war, anti-bureaucratic novel -- and gave the English Language a new word. Fifty years after the book was first published, comes a trade paperback anniversary edition, a first biography, and a memoir by Heller's daughter.Don Swaim recorded two multi-part broadcasts with Heller plus a special report on Catch-22's 25th anniversary:
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition by Joseph Heller. Introduction by Christopher Buckley with accompanying essays. Simon & Schuster Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller by Tracy Daugherty. St. Martin's Press Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a Catch-22 by Erica Heller. Simon & Schuster God Knows10/8/84. listen No Laughing Matter (with Speed Vogle) 3/24/86. listen 25th anniversary report on Catch-22 (1986) listenAlso Swaim's uncut CBS interview with Heller, 1984 (length: 33:43): here
Swaim's uncut CBS interview with Heller & Speed Vogle, 1986 (length: 23:43): here
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Steinbeck, Holicong, PA
by Don Swaim
"...somewhere in Pennsylvania..." was the way John Steinbeck put it as he decamped in the rural Bucks County home of famed playright George S. Kaufman in 1937. How Steinbeck and Kaufman crafted the award-winning theatrical version of Of Mice and Men at Barley Sheaf Farm is detailed here__________________
DON SWAIM WINS 2011 PEARL S. BUCK
NATIONAL FICTION AWARD
Dr. Anne Kaler made the presentations under a portrait of Pearl S. Buck at the historic Buck house on April 10, 2011. Three others won prizes in the youth division. Swaim is the editor of the Book Beat site. His winning short story, "Dearest Friend, Annie," focuses on the relationship between Walt Whitman and Anne Gilchrist. Buck, author of The Good Earth, won the Nobel Prize for literature, and her Perkasie, Pennsylvania, home is a National Historic Landmark. She is buried on the grounds. Pearl S. Buck International
Don Swaim's definitive article, "Ambrose & Henry," is in the spring 2011 edition of the online scholarly publication Menckeniana, all about H.L. Mencken, published by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore. To read the actual issue go to: Menckeniana. Courtesy Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore.
Don interviewed the North Carolina novelist and poet three times:
Good Hearts 7/4/88. listen.
The Tongues of Angels 7/10/91. listen.
Blue Calhoun 7/6/92. listen.__________________The critic and essayist, author of Essays in Disguise, tells Don about a pingpong game he had with J.D. Salinger: listen.
THE FORGOTTEN LITERARY GENIUS
Pal of Lawrence of Arabia
Intimate of Ernest Hemingway
Hero of the Spanish Civil War
Lover of Tokyo Rose
Defier of the communist witch hunts
to read his incredible story click HERE
PATRICIA HIGHSMITHIndependent filmmaker Alexander Roman is working on a documentary about Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train, the Ripley novels). His demos include a montage -- showing Matt Damon and Jude Law -- of questions Don put to Highsmith in a Book Beat interview. Go to: YouTube. To hear the actual broadcast(s) with Highsmith: listen. And for the raw, unedited Wired for Books interview: listen
A serious novel and a fixture at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Bourjaily founded the magazine Discovery. Don interviewed him about his 1987 novel The Great Fake Book: listen.
Recent books about Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer was more than a writer. He was also a legend. Three significant memoirs about Mailer have been published so far in 2010.About the photo of Mailer above. It was originally published in Publishers Weekly. I was edited out of the picture -- but at least they got the WCBS logo in. --DS
Mornings with Mailer by Dwayne Raymond, Mailer's personal assistant in the author's final years. [Polished, informative account of Mailer's last years.] Loving Mailer by Carole Mallory, sometime actress and model, who details her alleged affair with the author. [Trashy, poorly-written hatchet job.] A Ticket to the Circus by Norris Church Mailer, the author's final and most significant spouse. Don Swaim's 5-part broadcast with Mailer in 1991. listen Swaim's uncut 56-minute interview with Mailer: here
author that time and the Internet forgot?
Neglected Ohio novelist Jack Matthews still raises his voice
Don Swaim's interview with Jack Matthews: listen
Don and Jack debate Ohio's Ambrose Bierce: listen
Definitive profile of Jack Matthews by Robert Nagle at TeleRead: here
photo of Jack Matthews by Dinty W. Moore
The former British jockey, 1920-1010, captivated mystery fans on both sides of the Atlantic with his well-crafted novels, all with a horse-racing motif. Dick Francis, who credited his wife, Mary Margaret, with the actual writing, braved no fewer than seven interviews with Don Swaim:A "discovery" of the prominent editor Gordon Lish, Hannah's wildly stylish prose wasn't for everyone. In 1993 Don interviewed him on the occasion of his story collection Bat Out of Hell: listen.
No, Book Beat, never interviewed Salinger, who died on January 27, 2010, at the age of ninety one. But Don Swaim did interview two important figures in the reclusive author's life and career:
Joyce Maynard, Salinger's young live-in lover: listen
Ian Hamilton, who was sued by Salinger for using unauthorized quotations in a biography: listen
The premier New York City novelist chronicled the patrician world of WASPS. In 1986 Don spoke to Auchincloss about his life, career, and Yuppies: listen.
THE WORLD'S BEST-SELLING NOVELIST IS...
Patterson's so successful he has a stable of writers to write his books for him, nine published in 2009 alone. Click here to read a cover-page article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine [January 24, 2010]. Don Swaim interviewed Patterson for Book Beat before he made it big: listen. Wouldn't it be great to be so successful that you can pay scribes to write your books for you?
ROBERT B. PARKER
Detective novelist and screenwriter, Kaminsky was a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. Don's broadcast with Kaminsky on the occasion of his Edgar Award-winning novel A Cold Red Sunrise: listen.
Speechwriter, language expert, novelist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist, William Safire was a conservative even the Left could admire. Don's broadcast with Safire on the occasion of his Civil War novel Freedom: listen.
Poet and punk rocker, whose chaotic life blended sports, drugs, and verse, died of a heart attack at the age of sixty. Poignant article about the end of his sad, near poverty-stricken life by Alex Williams in The New York Times here. Don's broadcast with Jim Carroll: listen.
Imprint of an American Literary Icon
Doctorow, celebrated for Ragtime, publishes Homer and Langley (Random House, September 2009), his sixteenth book
Don Swaim's five-part interview with Doctorow: listen
Doctorow vies with John Updike, International PEN Congress 3/10/86: listen
Doctorow receives 1986 American Book Award: listen
Doctorow publishes classic essay about a failed president, Easthampton Star, 9/9/04: here
Doctorow booed by George W. Bush supporters at Hoftra University, Newsday, 5/24/04: here
Doctorow at home, The New York Times, 9/2/09: here
Don's unedited Wired for Books interview with Doctorow: listen
HENRY LOUIS GATES
Pluck & Scholarship
The noted black studies scholar was caught in a firestorm when he was arrested for being impertinent to a white cop in Gates' Cambridge, Massachusetts, home. But far more important is that Gates unearthed what is believed to be the first novel written by a black woman in America. Hear Don's interview with Gates at Wired for Books -- and the actual broadcast listen.
Schulberg shook up Hollywood with his novel What Makes Sammy Run, and he won an Oscar for On the Waterfront. Hear Don's 1990 interview with Schulberg at Wired for Books -- and the actual broadcast listen.
Coloful writer and lawyer, whose daughter's untimely death led to major improvements in working conditions at New York hospitals. Hear Don's 1991 interview with Zion at Wired for Books -- and the actual broadcast listen.
Richard M. Nixon discusses books, authors, and his own writing
in an interview with Don Swaim on February 6, 1984. listen.
Updike JOHN UPDIKE
Arguably, the acclaimed Pennsylvania-born novelist should have won the Nobel Prize. Don Swaim interviewed Updike in 1984. Listen to the unedited interview at Wired for Books. For the actual broadcast: listen.
ONE OF MURROW'S BOYS
WILLIAM L. SHIRER, pioneering news broadcaster and author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, talks about the first days of CBS News and Edward R. Murrow, godfather of broadcast journalism in a thirty-minute interview with Don Swaim on July 7, 1984. listen.
ANOTHER OF MURROW'S BOYS
DAVID SCHOENBRUN, one of the original CBS News correspondents in World War Two, talks about the old radio days in an interview with Don Swaim on October 6, 1984. listen.
MURROW: HIS LIFE AND TIMES
Definitive biography of EDWARD R. MURROW and the history of CBS News by Ann Sperber. listen.
Hard to categorize although with a cult following, the Ohio-born Purdy never enjoyed a wide audience, but he was truly an original. Despite his severe image, Purdy was friendly and courtly. Don Swaim interviewed him three times. The unedited interviews can be heard at Wired for Books. Purdy's obit here. Gore Vidal's profile of Purdy: The Novelist as Outlaw.
Early Enthusiast of Personal Computers
Crichton (1942-2008) was the Harvard Medical School-trained writer who blended science and technology into thrillers and sci-fi, such as The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park. In 1983 -- before Macs, Windows, email, and the Internet -- he published a ground-breaking non-fiction book aimed at educating Americans about personal computing, Electronic Life: How To Think About Computers, and how, as he put it, "everybody's going to have to learn." He was prescient. In a two-part series, Don Swaim spoke to Crichton about computing: listen. For Don's four unedited Wired for Books interviews with Crichton go here. Unfortunately, in his last year, Crichton's fiction was used by the presidency of George W. Bush in a crude effort to prove that global warming is a hoax.
BOOK BEAT, a daily feature about books and writers, was broadcast on WCBS-AM in New York from 1982 through 1993 and distributed nationally by the CBS Radio Stations News Service (CBS RSNS). Not mere commentary, the broadcasts featured the actual voices of hundreds of prominent writers interviewed by Don Swaim at CBS in New York. Organized chronologically, they're posted in the ARCHIVE section below as mp3 files. Use Search Site at the top of the page to locate a specific author. The unedited, never aired interviews, used as the basis for each Book Beat feature, are posted separately at Ohio University's WIRED FOR BOOKS.
Don at CBS
Some 3000 daily Book Beat broadcasts are archived below in chronological order:
To find a specific author -- out of several hundred -- type name in search box:
Among the outstanding authors interviewed by Don Swaim on CBS Radio's Book Beat & posted on Ohio University's Wired for Books:
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 UnsworthEdgar 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 Science Writing :Oliver SacksLiterarian Award winner:Lawrence FerlinghettiMedal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters winners:Judy Blume | Ray Bradbury | Joan Didion | James Laughlin | Norman Mailer | Toni Morrison | Adrienne Rich | Studs Terkel | John UpdikeNational 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 VidalNational Book Critics Circle Award winners:E. L. Doctorow | Stanley Elkin | John C. Gardner | William Kennedy | Toni Morrison | Reynolds Price | Jane Smiley | John UpdikeNobel Prize winners:Gunter Grass | Doris Lessing Elie Weisel| Toni MorrisonPEN-Faulkner Award for Fiction winners:T. Coraghessan Boyle | Michael Cunningham | E. L. Doctorow | John Updike | John Edgar Wideman | Richard Wiley | Tobias WolffPulitzer Prize winners:Carl Bernstein | Robert Olen Butler | Michael Cunningham | Richard Eberhart | Oscar Hijuelos | Stanley Karnow William Kennedy | Tracy Kidder | Alison Lurie | Norman Mailer | Toni Morrison | Jane Smiley | Gary Snyder | Studs Terkel | John UpdikeNew York Public Library Literary Lion:
Copyright Note:Permissions to use Don Swaim's interviews in any form must obtained from Kelly Broughton at the Ohio University libraries. 740-593-2709 -- email.
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DON'S OTHER SITES
WCBS Appreciation Site
Book Beat: The Podcast
Wired for Books Radio Days
Aspinwall High School Ambrose Bierce Site Bucks County Writers Workshop Errata
Steinbeck in Bucks Co
Pennsylvania Sunsets Growing Up in WW Two
Don's Houses: Where I've Been
Fighting the Hun in WW One
Stuart Cummings Ripley Site Swaim Name in History The Swaim in America The Swimsuit Issue
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by Jack Stewart
edited by Chris Bauer
Don's ghost story "Levin" is in this second volume of the anthology Crappy Shorts, which aren't crappy at all.