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1986

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 your iPod or other mp3 player.


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  • 01 John Gardner (British, "The Secret Generations") 1-2-86
  • 02 James Jones (with biographer Frank McShane, "Into Eternity") 1-6-86
  • 03 Gloria Steinem - "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" 1-9-86
  • 04 Jean Auel - "The Mammoth Hunters" 1-13-86
  • 05 Infocom (David Lebling, designer of computer games for writers) 1-16-86
  • 06 Leonard Mosley (Walt Disney biography, "Disney's World") 1-20-86
  • 07 Jane Schwartz - "Caught," Available Press 1-23-86
  • 08 William Packard poet-novelist - "Saturday Night at San Marcos" 1-27-86
  • 09 Thomas Wolfe (with Duane Schneider, president of the Thomas Wolfe Society) 1-29-86
  • 10 Lester Goran, Florida novelist - "Mrs. Beautiful" 1-31-86
  • 11 Robert Coover - "Gerald's Party" 2-3-86
  • 12 James Dickey, poet, on shuttle disaster (WCBS) 1-26-86
  • 13 Audio Publishing 1986 -10 part series 2-10-86.mp3
  • 14 Mario Vargas Llosa, Gunter Grass clash at PEN International Conference, New York 2-24-86
  • 15 Ray Walters, New York Times paperback columnist - "Paperback Talk" 2-25-86
  • 16 Gail Godwin - "The Finishing School" 2-27-86
  • 17 Censorship (1986 PEN Congress) 3-3-86
  • 18 Clive Cussler - "Cyclops" 3-4-86
  • 19 Gordon Lish - "Peru" 3-6-86
  • 20 E.L. Doctorow vs John Updike at PEN 3-10-86
  • 21 Margaret Atwood - "Handmaid's Tale" 3-11-86
  • 22 Richard Adams - "Maia" 3-13-86
  • 23 A.R. Flowers - "De Mojo Blues" 3-17-86
  • 24 Kensington Ladies Erotica Society - group of San Francisco women write porn under pseudonyms 3-19-86
  • 25 Chaim Potok - "Davita's Harp" 3-20-86
  • 26 Joseph Heller, Speed Vogle - "No Laughing Matter" 3-24-86
  • 27 Geoffrey Wolff - "Providence" 3-27-86
  • 28 Robertson Davies (at PEN) 4-4-86
  • 29 William Gass - "Habitations of the Word" 4-2-86
  • 30 Alec Guinness, actor - "Blessings in Disguise"
  • 31 Czeslaw Milosz- Nobel Prize winning poet (at PEN) 4-7-86
  • 32 Barry Lopez - "Arctic Dreams" 4-8-86
  • 33 Simon Brett, British crime writer - "Dead Giveaway" 4-10-86
  • 34 Kaylie Jones - "As Soon As It Rains" 4-14-86
  • 35 Readers Digest Condensed Books (with editor John Zinsser) 4-16-86
  • 36 Christopher Byron - "The Fanciest Dive" 4-17-86
  • 37 Ved Mehta, blind New Yorker writer - "Sound Shadows of the New World" 4-21-86
  • 38 Bernard Malamud death (with publisher Robert Giroux) 4-25-86
  • 39 Malcolm Bossee - "Fire in Heaven" 4-28-86
  • 40 Christopher Buckley - "The White House Mess" 5-1-86
  • 41 Robert Stone - "Children of Light" 5-5-86
  • 42 Fraggle Rock Book Club (with publisher Charles Wickham) 5-9-86.mp3
  • 43 Jonathan Fast - "Golden Fire" 5-12-86
  • 44 Ismael Reed - "Reckless Eyeballing" - "Conjure" 5-14-86
  • 45 Robert Ludlum - "Bourne Supremacy" 5-19-86
  • 46 Frances Kazan (daughter of Elia Kazan) - "Goodnight Little Sister" 5-21-86
  • 47 Brian Aldiss - "Seasons in Flight" 5-22-86
  • 48 Dan Greenburgh - "Confessions of a Pregnant Father" 5-26-86
  • 49 Cyra McFadden - "Rain or Shine" 5-28-86
  • 50 Dick Francis - "Break-In" 5-30-86
  • 51 Jim Carroll, poet, rock musician - "The Book of Nods" 6-2-86
  • 52 Judy Blume - "Letters to Judy" 6-9-86
  • 53 Tom Jencks (editor, Hemingway's "Garden of Eden") 6-30-86
  • 54 Bret Easton Ellis - "Less Than Zero"
  • 55 Theodore Isaac Rubin - "David and Lisa Today" 6-26-86
  • 56 Martin Cruz Smith - "Stallion Gate"
  • 57 Lawrence Block - "When the Sacred Gin Mill Closes"
  • 58 Scott Spencer - "Waking the Dead" 6-23-86"
  • 59 Nat Hentoff - "Boston Boy"
  • 60 George Herriman's "Krazy Kat" (with editor Patrick McDonald) 7-7-86
  • 61 Maureen Howard - "Expensive Habits" 7-8-86
  • 62 Joanne Leedom-Ackerman - "No Marble Angels" 7-11-86
  • 63 Robert B. Parker - "Taming a Seahorse" 7-21-86
  • 64 A.M. Ann Sperber, biographer - "Edward R. Murrow, His Life and Times" 7-14-86
  • 65 Christopher Cerf - "The Pentagon Catalog" 7-28-86
  • 66 John Irving - "The Cider House Rules" 7-30-86
  • 67 Jack Hemingway (son of Ernest) - "Misadventures of a Fly Fisherman" 7-3-86
  • 68 Vicki Goldberg - biographer of photo-journalist Margaret Bourke-White 8-11-86
  • 69 Carolyn Chute - "The Beans of Egypt Maine" 8-18-86
  • 70 Gay Courter - "Code Ezra" 8-20-86
  • 71 James Patterson - "Black Market" 8-21-86
  • 72 Bob Reiss - "Divine Assassin" 8-22-86
  • 73 Anne Beattie - "Love Always" 8-29-86
  • 74 Barbara Branden, biographer of Ayn Rand - "The Passion of Ayn Rand" 8-4-86
  • 75 James Atlas - "The Great Pretender" 8-25-86
  • 76 Ellen Currie - "Available Ligh"t 8-27-86
  • 77 Herbert Gold - "A Girl of Forty" 9-1-86
  • 78 Norman Rosten - Brooklyn's Poet Laureate - "Neighborhood Tales" 9-4-86
  • 79 Sue Townsend's "Adrian Mole Diaries" (with editor Fred Jordan) 9-29-86
  • 80 Clive Barker, horror writer - "The Inhuman Condition" 10-3-86
  • 81 Anne Rice - "The Vampire Lestat" 10-1-86
  • 82 Charles Kuralt, CBS News correspondent- "On The Road" 10-2-86
  • 83 Tom Clancy - "Red Storm Rising" 10-6-86
  • 84 John Fowles - "A Maggot" 10-8-86
  • 85 Brian Morton - "Americans in London" 10-17-86
  • 86 Paul Theroux - "Ozone" 10-13-86
  • 87 Thomas Chastain, mystery writer - "Murder in Manhattan" 10-16-86
  • 88 Art Spiegelman, graphic artist - "Maus" 10-20-86
  • 89 Robert McCrumm of Faber and Faber - "The Story of English" 10-22-86
  • 90 Ridley Pierson - "Blood of the Albatross" 10-24-86
  • 91 Joseph Heller - 25th anniversary, "Catch 22" 10-27-86
  • 92 Louis Auchincloss - "Diary of a Yuppie" 10-28-86
  • 93 Richard Condon - "Prizzi's Family" 11-3-86
  • 94 Soap Operas & Serials novelized (with publisher Sidney Seltzer) 11-6-86
  • 95 "S.J. Perelman, A Life" (with biographer Dorothy Herrmann) 11-10-86
  • 96 Lewis Grizzard - "My Daddy Was a Pistol" 11-12-86
  • 97 Langston Hughes (with biographer Arnold Ramperstad, Volumne I 1902-1941) 11-17-86
  • 98 Raymond Carver - "Ultramarine" and "Best Short Stories of 1986" 11-14-86
  • 99 Irini Spanidou - "God's Snake" 11-27-86
  • 100 American Book Awards 1986 with Barry Lopez, E.L Doctorow (WCBS) 11-17-86
  • 101 Pat Conroy - "Prince of Tides" 12-1-86
  • 102 Bruce Goldsmith, screenwriter - "Strange Ailments, Uncertain Cures" 12-5-86
  • 103 "Ten Classics in Ten Minutes" (Workman Press) 12-8-86
  • 104 Tess Gallagher, poet - "Lover of Horses" 12-9-86
  • 105 Delia Ephron - "Funny Sauce" 12-10-86
  • 106 Orson Welles (w biographer Barbara Lemming) 12-11-86
  • 107 Jean Auel - "The Mammoth Hunters" 12-12-86
  • 108 Thomas McGuane - "To Skin a Cat" 12-15-86
  • 109 Frances Fitzgerald - "Cities on a Hill" 12-17-86
  • 110 Roger Simon, mystery writer - "The Straight Man" 12-19-86
  • 111 Thomas Tryon - "All That Glitters" 12-22-86
  • 112 Vladimir Nabokov, "The Enchanter" (with son Dimitri Nabokov) 12-25-86
  • 113 Rod McKuen, poet, composer, musician - "Intervals" 12-29-86
  • 114 P.D. James - "A Taste For Death" 12-21-86


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