The Book Show

Tuesdays, 3pm - 3:30pm; Thursdays, 8:30pm - 9pm

Each week on The Book Show, host Joe Donahue interviews authors about their books, their lives and their craft. It is a celebration of both reading and writers. 

As the son of a librarian, Joe has been part of the book world since childhood. His first job was as a library assistant, during college he was a clerk at an independent book store and for the past 25 years he has been interviewing authors about their books on the radio.

He is also the host of The Roundtable on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, a 3-hour general interest talk show. Notable authors he has interviewed include: Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, John Updike, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Anne Rice, Philip Roth, E.L Doctorow, Richard Russo, David Sedaris and Maya Angelou. 

Joe  has won several awards for his interviews, including honors from the Associated Press, the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the New York State Association of Broadcasters, The Headliners, The National Press Club and the Scripps-Howard Foundation. 

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

The Book Show #1368 - Kevin Baker

  Based on one of the great unsolved murders in mob history, and the rise-and-fall of a real-life hero, The Big Crowd tells the sweeping story of Charlie O’Kane. He is the American dream come to life, a poor Irish immigrant who worked his way up from beat cop to mayor of New York at the city’s dazzling, post-war zenith. Famous, powerful, and married to a glamorous fashion model, he is looked up to by millions, including his younger brother, Tom. So when Charlie is accused of abetting a shocking mob murder, Tom sets out to clear his brother’s name while hiding a secret of his own.

Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Book Show #1367 - Walter Mosley

    Walter Mosley is the author of more than 43 books, most notably 13 Easy Rawlins mysteries.

His latest, Rose Gold, continues Mosley’s ongoing and unique achievement in combining the mystery/PI genre with a rich social history of post war Los Angeles.

The Roundtable
3:06 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Book Show #1366 - Alison Lurie

  In 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alison Lurie published The Language of Clothes, a meditation on costume and fashion as an expression of history, social status and individual psychology. Amusing, enlightening and full of literary allusion, the book was highly praised and widely anthologized.

Now Lurie has returned with a companion book, The Language of Houses, a lucid, provocative and entertaining look at how the architecture of buildings and the spaces within them both reflect and affect the people who inhabit them.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Book Show #1365 - Joe Gannon

    Joe Gannon is a writer and spoken word artist. He was also a freelance journalist during the Sandinista Revolution, writing for the Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Examiner.

In his new novel, Night of the Jaguar, he takes readers to the land of Nicaragua in the mid-eighties, a place recovering from one conflict and descending into another.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The Book Show #1364 - Simon Winchester

      Simon Winchester, The New York Times bestselling author of Atlanticand The Professor and the Madman delivers his first book about America.

The Men Who United the States is a fascinating history that illuminates the men who toiled to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of The United States of America.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Book Show #1363 - Nora Krug and Harry Bliss

 

   On this week’s Book Show we’ll meet the two recipients of this year’s Maurice Sendak Fellowship - established as a residency program for artists who tell stories with illustration.

Harry Bliss is a New Yorker cartoonist and cover artist for the magazine. Nora Krug is the illustrator of the children’s book, My Cold Went on Vacation.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The Book Show #1362 - Ivan Doig

    Often called the dean of writers about the American West, Ivan Doig is the author of such national bestsellers as The Whistling Season and The Bartender's Tale.

In his latest novel, Sweet Thunder, he reprises his beloved character, Morrie Morgan, to take on the power of the press in an era of intense corporate greed and social unrest.

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The Roundtable
3:06 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Book Show #1361 - Lydia Davis

  Lydia Davis is renowned in literary circles for perfecting the craft of the “extremely short short story.” She is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, one of world literature’s most prestigious prizes.

Her latest collection is can’t and won’t - stories.

The Roundtable
3:06 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

The Book Show #1360 - Bob Berman

    Bob Berman is considered one of America's top astronomy writers. He is currently a columnist for Astronomy and the science editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac.

In his latest book, Zoom: How Everything Moves, From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees, Berman explores how motion shapes every aspect of the universe. 

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

The Book Show #1359 - James Howard Kunstler

  James Howard Kunstler is a prominent social critic drawing attention through his writing and speaking to the global oil crisis, climate change, and other converging catastrophes of the twenty-first century.

His latest novel is A History of the Future – the third installment of his World Made By Hand series.

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