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
10:49 am
Wed June 4, 2008

The Book Show #1037

Albany, NY – John Matteson has just won the Pulitzer Prize for "Eden's Outcasts," his joint biography of Louisa May Alcott and her father, Bronson Alcott.

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The Book Show
9:23 am
Wed May 28, 2008

The Book Show #1036

Albany, NY – Joseph O'Neill's new novel "Netherland" is about immigrants in New York, the concept of home, but most importantly about the game of cricket and its widespread popularity in New York.

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The Book Show
9:15 am
Wed May 21, 2008

The Book Show #1035

Albany, NY – Patrick McDonnell's comic strip "Mutts" appears in 700 newspapers around the world. He's also on the executive board of the Humane Society, and talks about his new book "Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed."

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The Book Show
11:50 am
Thu May 15, 2008

Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart:: A Fiftieth-Year Retrospective

Albany, NY – "Revisiting Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: A Fiftieth-Year Retrospective," a panel discussion moderated by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina (Dartmouth College) with panelists Chinua Achebe (Bard College), Jesse Weaver Shipley (Bard College), Binyavanga Wainaina (Union College), Simon Gikandi (Princeton University), and Christine Griffin (Red Hook High School).
Recorded at Bard College 4/11/08

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The Book Show
2:43 am
Wed May 14, 2008

The Book Show #1034

Albany, NY – This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of Chinua Achebe's groundbreaking novel "Things Fall Apart." This is a special broadcast of an event in his honor.

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The Book Show
10:17 am
Wed May 7, 2008

The Book Show #1033

Albany, NY – Siri Hustvedt's intriguing new novel "The Sorrows of an American," features a middle-aged brother and sister, living in New York but originally from Minnesota, as they unravel their feelings about their parents, their former partners, and their new loves.

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The Book Show
3:12 am
Wed April 30, 2008

The Book Show #1032

Albany, NY – Leif Enger, whose novel "Peace Like a River" was a big bestseller, has followed it with "So Brave, Young, and Handsome," an homage to the Wild West of 1915.

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The Book Show
1:00 am
Tue April 22, 2008

The Book Show #1031

Albany, NY – Susan Jacoby takes on both the right and the left in her new book "The Age of American Unreason," an examination on the anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism of modern American culture.

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The Book Show
2:08 am
Wed April 16, 2008

The Book Show #1030

Albany, NY – Novelist Valerie Martin turns the table on Book Show host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, and interviews her for her new book "Mr. and Mrs. Prince," the dramatic story of two remarkable former slaves in New England.

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The Book Show
12:57 am
Tue April 1, 2008

The Book Show #1028

Albany, NY – Does she or doesn't she? Lionel Shriver's novel "The Post-Birthday World" is told in two parallel tracks, when a woman decides which man to spend her future with.

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