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
3:20 am
Sat August 25, 2007

The Book Show #997

Albany, NY – The famous trials of anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti galvanized people all over the world. With new evidence and painstaking research, Bruce Watson retells the story in his book "Sacco and Vanzetti."

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The Book Show
1:07 am
Wed August 22, 2007

The Book Show #996

Albany, NY – In Christensen's new novel, a famous artist has died, leaving behind a widow, a long time mistress and grown children from both women as well as a jealous sister. Two biographers are on his trail and as we move through the stories and relationships of all the women he has left behind, we learn not only about the life and work of the painter but also his legacy and about the women in his life.

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The Book Show
11:08 am
Wed August 15, 2007

The Book Show #995

Albany, NY – Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina interviews Juliet Nicolson, author of "The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm." Topping the best-seller charts in Britain, "The Perfect Summer" chronicles a glorious English summer a century ago when the world was on the cusp of irrevocable change. The book draws on material from intimate and rarely seen sources and is narrated through the eyes of a series of exceptional individuals.

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The Book Show
1:30 am
Wed August 8, 2007

The Book Show #994

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, bestselling author Lisa See talks about her new novel "Peony in Love." The novel, which is already appearing on bestseller lists, takes readers back to seventeenth-century China. It combines a love story that survives past death with a history of cloistered women and the true story of their work as writers in a famous Chinese book and opera.

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The Book Show
9:26 am
Wed August 1, 2007

The Book Show #993

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with Scottish author James Robertson about his new novel "The Testament of Gideon Mack." In Robertson's novel, a faithless Scottish clergyman meets the devil and finds he's nothing like what he expected. After being suspended from the Church and shunned as a madman, Gideon disappears. The case is considered closed until a publisher receives what appears to be Gideon's memoir of his experience and the unusual life that preceded it.

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The Book Show
12:07 am
Wed July 25, 2007

The Book Show #992

Albany, NY – Eric Kraft's novel "Taking Off" is the first in a comic trilogy. It was fifty years ago that young Peter Leroy made local history by apparently flying a homemade plane from Long Island to New Mexico. Now, his hometown has fallen on hard times and is being transformed into a theme park commemorating Peter's flight. The time has come for Peter to return home and set the record straight.

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The Book Show
9:53 am
Wed July 18, 2007

The Book Show #991

Albany, NY – Stephen Carter is a well known Yale Law professor who turned novelist a few years ago, publishing the bestseller "The Emperor of Ocean Park."
His much anticipated new novel, "New England White" takes place during a winter season when the black president of an Ivy League university and his wife come upon the body of a famous economist, with whom his wife had a relationship. The trail keeps leading back to a mysterious death 30-years earlier.

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The Book Show
9:01 am
Wed July 11, 2007

The Book Show #990

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with Howard Frank Mosher about his new novel, "On Kingdom Mountain." Mosher has written a terrific heroin into his latest novel, which takes place in Vermont in the 1930's. Jane Hubbell Kinneson is a bookseller, hunter, fisherwoman, woodcarver and guardian of the mountain that has been in her family for generations. But one day an aviator flies into her life seeking buried treasure.

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The Book Show
4:57 am
Wed July 4, 2007

The Book Show #989

Albany, NY – Diana Abu-Jaber is known for her books with Middle Eastern subjects, but now her her new novel, "Origin," follows a police lab technician in Syracuse, New York, as she tries to solve a mysterious series of babies' deaths, as well as the mystery of her own birth and origins.

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The Book Show
12:57 am
Wed June 27, 2007

The Book Show #988

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Gretchen talks with Rebecca Stott about her novel "Ghostwalk." The historical page-turner combines science, the supernatural and real history. It's the little known story of Isaac Newton as an alchemist and a modern woman who tries to unravel the mysteries of the past. It's set in both modern and 17th-century Cambridge, England.

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