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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Albany, NY – Michael Patrick Hearn discusses "The Annotated Christmas Carol," the enduring Dickens classic written in 1843 in just two months.

Albany, NY – In Jonathan Carroll's novel "The Ghost in Love," Ben Gould doesn't die according to schedule, and finds himself sharing his life with a ghost, a talking dog, his past selves, and the Angel of Death.

Albany, NY – Gregory Maguire, the author of the bestseller "Wicked" which remains a hit musical on Broadway, returns with his third novel in the series. "A Lion Among Men" looks at the life of the Cowardly Lion.

Albany, NY – In "The Hemingses of Monticello," Annette Gordon-Reed looks at the Hemings family and its complicated and racially interwined relationship with the Thomas Jefferson and his family.

Albany, NY – Amitav Ghosh's novel "Sea of Poppies" was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Set in mid-nineteenth century India, when the British controlled the opium trade to China, it brings together an international cast of people on a ship full of migrants.

Albany, NY – In her book "Swindled," author Bee Wilson looks at the long and shocking history of food fraud--including adulterated bread, milk, wine and meat.

Albany, NY – Marilynne Robinson follows her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Gilead" with a new novel, "Home," that revisits the same characters in small-town Iowa.

Albany, NY – It is a great time of year to read one of the world's scariest novels. Leslie Klinger has just published "The New Annotated Dracula," complete with tons of annotations, and dozens of pictures.

Albany, NY – When New York Times correspondent Sarah Lyall married an English publisher and writer and moved to London to raise a family, she got a new perspective on the British. Her book "The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British" takes on subjects like cricket, hedgehogs, Parliament and even sex education.


Albany, NY – British novelist David Lodge is back with another. In "Deaf Sentence," a retired professor who is losing his hearing finds himself mixed up with an American graduate student writing a thesis on suicide notes.