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1985

Two-minute or less radio features about books and writers heard on WCBS-AM and later syndicated by the CBS Radio Stations News Service. They're simple mp3 files. Click to listen or "save as" to load onto an iPod or other mp3 player.


1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993


  • 01 Peter Straub - "The Talisman," written with with Stephen King) 1-2-85
  • 02 Paul Theroux - "Half Moon Street" 1-7-85
  • 03 Clifford Irving (Howard Hughes hoax) - "The Angel of Zen" 1-14-85
  • 04 Susan Cheever (on John Cheever, "Home Before Dark") 1-10-85
  • 05 John Mortimer (Rumpold of Old Bailey) 1-17-85
  • 06 "The World Almanac" (with editor Jane Flatt) 1-18-85
  • 07 H. Paul Jeffers - "Murder on Mike" 1-21-85
  • 08 Harry Newman (businessman-poet) - "Behind Pinstripes" 1-23-85
  • 09 Vassily Aksyonov, Soviet dissident writer - "The Burn" 1-24-85
  • 10 Peter Feibleman (on Lillian Hellman, "Eating Together") 1-28-85
  • 11 Mary Higgins Clark - "Stillwatch" 1-31-85
  • 12 Tom Clancy - "The Hunt for Red October" 2-1-85
  • 13 Cynthia Freeman - "Illusions of Love" 2-4-85
  • 14 Mark Childress - "A World Made of Fire" 2-6-85
  • 15 James Carroll - "Prince of Peace" 2-7-85
  • 16 Lawrence Block - "Like a Lamb to Slaughter" 2-11-85
  • 17 Ernest Hebert, New Hampshire writer - "Whisper My Name" 2-14-85
  • 18 Ayn Rand (with Leonard Piekoff, "The Early Aynd Rand") 2-18-85
  • 19 L. Ron Hubbard with (Len Forman, Bridge Publications) 2-21-85
  • 20 James Michener (with John Hayes, biographer, "James Michener, A Biography") 2-26-85
  • 21 Aaron Copland (with Vivian Perliss, biographer, "Copland 1900-1932") 2-25-85
  • 22 J.P. Miller - "The Skook," "The Days of Wine and Roses" 2-27-85
  • 23 James Purdy - "On Glory's Course" 2-29-85
  • 24 Han Suyin - "The Enchantress" 3-4-85
  • 25 Robert Moss - "Moscow Rules" 3-6-85
  • 26 George Murphy (poetry magazine editor and book publisher, "Tendril") 3-7-85
  • 27 Elmore Leonard - "Glitz" 3-11-85
  • 28 Alfred Kazin, famed literary critic - "An American Procession" 3-15-85
  • 29 Allen Ginsberg (Beat poet) - "Collected Poems 1947-1980" 3-18-85
  • 30 Andre Brink, South African author - "Wall of the Plague" 3-25-85
  • 31 Gail Godwin - "The Finishing School" 3-28-85
  • 32 Truman Capote (with Lawrence Grobel, "Conversations with Capote") 4-2-85
  • 33 Curious George Books, created by H.A. and Margaret Rey (with producer-director Alan Shalleck) 4-1-85
  • 34 Brad Leithauser - "Equal Distance" 4-4-85
  • 35 Nancy Willard - "Things Invisible to See" 4-8-85
  • 36 Richard Adams - "Maia" 4-10-85
  • 37 Elia Kazan, famed film and stage director - "The Arrangement" 4-15-85
  • 38 Book Auctions (with George Lowry, Swan Galleries, New York) 4-17-85
  • 39 Douglas Terman - "Shell Game" 4-22-85
  • 40 Jonathan Kozol - "Iliterate America" 4-23-85
  • 41 Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize winner - "Foreign Affairs" 4-24-85
  • 42 H.P. Gilmour - "So Long Daddy" 4-29-85
  • 43 Chaim Potok - "Davita's Harp" 4-30-85
  • 44 Jonathan Kellerman, mystery writer - "When the Bow Breaks" 5-3-85
  • 45 William Gass - "Habitations of the Word" 5-6-85
  • 46 Dick Francis "Proof" 5-10-85
  • 47 Readers Digest Condensed Books (with editor John Zinsser) 5-13-85
  • 48 Robert Olen Butler - "On Distant Ground" 5-8-85
  • 49 Sol Stein, publisher and novelist - "The Touch of Reason" 5-15-85
  • 50 Martin Amis - "Money" 5-20-85
  • 51 Jayne Ann Phillips - "Machine Dreams" 5-21-85
  • 52 Simon and Schuster Juvenile Books (with publisher Ron Buehl) 5-22-85
  • 53 Carol Hill - "The Eleven Mile High Dancer" 5-7-85
  • 54 Stanley Elkin - "The Magic Kingdom" 5-28-85
  • 55 Graham Swift - "Learning to Swim" 5-31-85
  • 56 Tennessee Williams (with biographers Dotson Raider, Donald Spotto) 6-3-85
  • 57 Lou Stouman, photographer - "Times Square" 6-10-85
  • 58 John Toland - "Gods of War" 6-11-85
  • 59 William Boyd "Stars and Bars" 6-14-85
  • 60 Michael Korda, editor-in-chief, Simon and Schuster - "Queenie" 6-17-85
  • 61 Norman Garbo, thriller writer - "Gaynor's Passion" 6-21-85
  • 62 Bruce Jay Friedman - "Tokyo Woes" 6-24-85
  • 63 Barry Moser, book maker, illustrator - limited edition of "Huckleberry Finn" 6-26-85
  • 64 Harry Blackstone Jr. - "Blackstone"s Book of Magic" 7-1-85
  • 65 John Irving - "The Cider House Rules" 7-8-85
  • 66 Vido Polikarpus (written with Tappan King) - "Downtown" 7-12-85
  • 67 Ring Lardner Jr. - "All for Love" 7-15-85
  • 68 T. Coraghessan Boyle - "Greasy Lake" 7-22-85
  • 69 Andrew Harvey - "One Last Mirror" 7-24-85
  • 70 Calvin Trillin - "With All Disrepect" 8-5-85
  • 71 Ann Beattie - "Love Always" 8-8-85
  • 72 Larry Collins "Fall From Grace" 8-12-85
  • 73 Gloria Norris - "Looking For Bobby" 8-15-85
  • 74 Harvey Kurtzman (creator of "Mad Magazine," "Nuts") 8-19-85
  • 75 Mary Morris - "Bus of Dreams" 8-21-85
  • 76 Paul Theroux - "Sunrise with Seamonsters" 9-9-85
  • 77 Amos Oz - "A Perfect Peace" 9-11-85
  • 78 Joanne Oppenheim - "Kidspeak About Computers" 9-13-85
  • 79 Lester Cole (Hollywood Red dies at 81) obituary 9-16-85
  • 80 Agatha Christie (with biographer Janet Morgan, "Agatha Christie") 9-17-85
  • 81 Garrison Keillor - "Lake Wobegon Days" 9-23-85
  • 82 Bob Reiss - "Divine Assassin" 9-30-85
  • 83 Guy Vanderhaeghe, Canadian writer - "My Present Age" 10-1-85
  • 84 Alice Adams - "Return Trips" 10-2-85
  • 85 Bobbie Ann Mason - "In Country" 10-3-85
  • 86 Golden Books - Learn About Living books for children (with Leslie McGuire, editor) 10-4-85
  • 87 John Fowles - "A Maggot" 10-7-85
  • 88 Irvin Faust - "Year of the Hot Jock" 10-14-85
  • 89 Alec Wilkinson - "Moonshine" 10-16-85
  • 90 Charles Kuralt, CBS News correspondent - "On The Road" 10-17-85
  • 91 Orson Welles (with biographer Barbara Leaming, "Orson Welles") 10-21-85
  • 92 Tom Clancy (success of "The Hunt for Red October") 10-25-85
  • 93 Anthony Burgess - "A Clockwork Orange," "Kingdom of the Wicked" 10-28-85
  • 94 Howard Fast - "The Immigrant's Daughter" 11-4-85
  • 95 United Nations Books (with Thomas Hinds, head of UN book sales) 10-31-85
  • 96 Edmund White - "Caracole" 11-6-85
  • 97 Bob Greene - "Cheeseburgers" 11-8-85
  • 98 Irving Stone - "Depth of Glory" 11-11-85
  • 99 Roy Blount Jr - "Not Exactly What I Had in Mind" 11-14-85
  • 100 Lee Smith - "Family Linen" 11-15-85
  • 101 Tracy Kidder - "House" 11-18-85
  • 102 William Murray - "Hardknocker's Luck" 11-21-85
  • 103 Tobias Wolff - "Back in the World" 11-22-85
  • 104 Dominique Lapierre - "City of Joy" 11-25-85
  • 105 Whitley Streiber - "Wolf of Shadows" 11-28-85
  • 106 Anne Rice - "The Vampire Lestat" 12-3-85
  • 107 Jonathan Raban - "Foreign Land" 12-5-85
  • 108 Hugh Nissenson - "The Tree of Life" 12-9-85
  • 109 Susan Cheever - "Home Before Dark" 12-12-85
  • 110 William Burroughs - "Queer" 12-16-85
  • 111 Nelson DeMille - "Word of Honor" 12-17-85
  • 112 Seymour Shubin - "Voices" 12-18-85
  • 113 Amos Elon - "The Israelis" 12-19-85
  • 114 Elmore Leonard - "Dutch Treat" 12-26-85
  • 115 Erica Jong - "Parachutes and Kisses" 12-30-85
  • 116 William F. Buckley Jr - "Right Reason" 12-23-85


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