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 December 31, 2013

The Book Show #1328 - Neil Gaiman

    Neil Gaiman, one of the world's most beloved fantasy authors, is known for his eclectic work including: The Sandman, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline and The Graveyard Book.

Now he's written his first novel for adults in eight years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane - a bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic which makes the impossible all too real.

**Web extra - Neil Gaiman talks about pride in his work, accents, and recording the audio book.**

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

The Book Show #1327 - Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill is a veteran New York journalist and novelist. He's the author of numerous books, including Downtown: My Manhattan and his memoir, A Drinking Life. His nine novels include Snow in August, Forever and Tabloid City. His new book is The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories, a collection of Brooklyn-based stories spanning thirty years.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Book Show #1325 - Ann Patchett

    Readers prize Ann Patchett for her inspired fiction, with novels such as State of Wonder, and Bel Canto – but since the beginning of her career, she has written non-fiction pieces which are collected in the book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. For the book she has selected some of her finest pieces, curating a collection that reads almost like memoir. 

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

The Book Show #1324 - Mitch Albom

    Mitch Albom has written seven books, including the bestselling memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie.

In his new novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven, Mitch Albom follows the residents of the small town of Coldwater, MI, several of whom begin to receive phone calls that seem to be from the dead.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Book Show #1323 - Paul Auster

    Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within through the encounters of his interior self with the outer world in Report from the Interior.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Book Show #1322 - Andre Dubus III

    Andre Dubus III is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, House of Sand and Fog, and the memoir, Townie. In his new collection of novellas, Dirty Love, he tells stories of love tainted and gone wrong.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Book Show #1321 - Anne Perry

    Anne Perry’s novels are thought-provoking, atmospheric thrillers which include plotlines that ask soul-searching questions about the moral and ethical values of society both yesterday and today.

In her latest, Blind Justice, she exposes the vulnerabilities of organized religion, the precarious boundaries of justice and the flaws within the legal system.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Book Show #1320 - T.C. Boyle

    The New York Times has called T. C. Boyle “one of the most inventive and verbally exuberant writers of his generation.”

Boyle is the bestselling author of fourteen novels and nine short story collections. His newest book is T. C. Boyle Stories II, a 944-page sequel to T. C. Boyle Stories I -published in 1998.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Book Show #1319 - Anne and Christopher Rice

Joe Donahue with Anne and Christopher Rice

    On this week’s Book Show we welcome two writers – a mother and her son – both who are no strangers to bestseller lists.

Anne Rice is one of America's most read and celebrated authors. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters. Her latest is The Wolves of Midwinter.

Christopher Rice is the author of four bestsellers, his latest being the supernatural thriller, The Heaven’s Rise.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

The Book Show #1318 - Jeffrey Deaver

    The author of two collections of short stories and 28 previous suspense novels, Jeffrey Deaver is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

His latest is The October List - a novel told in reverse.

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