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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The Book Show
10:42 am
Mon September 8, 2008

The Book Show #1050

Albany, NY – Based on a true story, Dirk Wittenborn's novel "Pharmakon" follows a family through four decades of a life influenced by the pharmaceutical industry and a family tragedy.

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The Book Show
3:24 am
Tue August 26, 2008

The Book Show #1049

Albany, NY – How do we determine authenticity in people, places and things? Richard Todd examines this question in his new book, "The Thing Itself. "

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The Book Show
10:24 am
Wed August 20, 2008

The Book Show #1048

Albany, NY – Paul Auster's new novel "Man in the Dark" concerns a dark night of the soul in which a man tells himself a story to keep from confronting his own unhappiness.

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The Book Show
3:36 am
Wed August 13, 2008

The Book Show #1047

Albany, NY – Jeffrey Lent, author of the bestselling "In the Fall," talks about his latest novel, "A Peculiar Grace." In it, a reclusive ironworker, still obsessed by his long lost love, rescues a young homeless woman he finds camping on his property in Vermont.

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The Book Show
9:07 am
Wed August 6, 2008

The Book Show #1046

Albany, NY – In Erin McGraw's new novel "The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard," a teenager abandons her husband and children in Kansas, and lights out for Los Angeles at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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The Book Show
9:39 am
Tue July 29, 2008

The Book Show #1045

Albany, NY – In Lee Martin's new novel, "River of Heaven," a lonely older man in a small town finds that his life changes and that he can make peace with the past.

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The Book Show
11:05 am
Mon July 21, 2008

The Book Show #1044

Albany, NY – Joan Silber's novel "The Size of the World" reads like interconnected stories--all of them about people who search for love and cultural connection, from Asia, Europe, Mexico and America.

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The Book Show
3:13 am
Wed July 16, 2008

The Book Show #1043

Albany, NY – Roxana Robinson's new novel "Cost" follows a family on vacation in Maine after they get the news that one of the sons is a heroin addict.

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The Book Show
3:04 am
Wed July 9, 2008

The Book Show #1042

Albany, NY – Michael Ondaatje, author of "The English Patient," discusses his latest novel, "Divisadero."

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The Book Show
4:17 am
Wed July 2, 2008

The Book Show #1041

Albany, NY – Fergus M. Bordewich's "Washington: The Making of the American Capital," describes the ten years that went into making Washington D.C. It's a story of intrigue, bankruptcy, and distinctive personalities.

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