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
11:04 am
Tue January 15, 2008

The Book Show #1017

Albany, NY – Sue Miller, author of bestsellers including "While I Was Gone" and "The Good Wife," has a new novel, "The Senator's Wife." It follows two marriages, at different stages of life, with families that share a duplex house divided by a wall.

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The Book Show
12:10 am
Wed January 2, 2008

The Book Show #1015

Albany, NY – Jim Shepard, the author of six novels and two previous collections of short stories was recently nominated for the national book award. He joins Gretchen to talk about his new story collection "Like You'd Understand, Anyway." The stories range over time and place, from the Roman Empire, to 1840s Australia, to a high school football team in Texas.

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The Book Show
3:54 am
Thu December 27, 2007

The Book Show #1014

Albany, NY – Sheldon Novick's masterful biography of novelist Henry James completely changes the way the writer is viewed. The second and final volume, "The Mature Master," has just been published.

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The Book Show
4:23 am
Wed December 19, 2007

The Book Show #1013

Albany, NY – Stewart O'Nan's latest novel, "Last Night at the Lobster," echoes Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as it looks at the final closing night of a Red Lobster restaurant in Connecticut.

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The Book Show
4:20 am
Wed December 12, 2007

The Book Show #1012

Albany, NY – In novelist and physicist Alan Lightman's new novel, "Ghost," an ordinary man's life is turned upside down when he sees something he can't explain.

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The Book Show
9:32 am
Wed December 5, 2007

The Book Show #1012

Albany, NY – Today we take for granted our daily shower but what was it like in the centuries of western history? After the sumptuousness of the Roman baths, did Europeans really dread sitting in hot water? How did Christianity affect views on cleanliness? And, how did the inventions of soap and the discovery of germs affect views on personal hygiene?
The answers to these and other dirty questions are in Katherine Ashenburg's new book, "The Dirt on Clean."

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The Book Show
11:38 am
Wed November 28, 2007

The Book Show #1010

Albany, NY – Two lavishly illustrated books of children's classics have just been released in time for the holiday season. "The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen," edited by Maria Tatar features stories like The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea and many others by the beloved Danish writer. "The Annotated Secret Garden" gives the story along with notes and over one hundred pictures from the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel by that name.

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The Book Show
1:12 am
Wed November 21, 2007

The Book Show #1009

The Book Show
3:56 am
Wed November 14, 2007

The Book Show #1008

Albany, NY – In Philip Roth's new novel, "Exit Ghost" 71-year old novelist Nathan Zuckerman returns for a short trip to Manhattan after eleven years of voluntary exile in the Berkshires where he has deliberately kept himself out of touch with the modern world. Once in New York, he is both impulsive and linked to the past. In one week he confronts possibility and its loss as he thinks about the literary life.

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The Book Show
4:39 am
Tue November 6, 2007

The Book Show #1007

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