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
4:39 am
Tue November 6, 2007

The Book Show #1007

The Book Show
3:33 am
Mon November 5, 2007

The Book Show #1006

Albany, NY – This is the time of year when young Frankensteins appear on doorsteps asking for treats, something that would have astonished the pregnant Mary Shelly as she penned her gothic tale of the driven young medical student who played god and the anguish of the creature he created and abandoned. That story went on to have a cultural history of its own which Susan Tyler Hitchcock explores in her new book "Frankenstein: A Cultural History."

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The Book Show
2:54 am
Mon November 5, 2007

The Book Show #1005

Albany, NY – Valerie Martin Is known for her carefully crafted novels. Her new book "Trespass" combines a series of violations. A middle aged couple living in New York State seems to have a peaceful life. When their son takes up with an intense young woman from Croatia, intruders ranging from a poacher, to the unexpected pregnancy of the girlfriend, to the war in Yugoslavia completely upend their world.

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The Book Show
11:24 am
Wed October 17, 2007

The Book Show #1004

Albany, NY – Bestselling and prize winning author Mary Gordon returns to The Book Show this week to discuss her new memoir "Circling My Mother." Known for her piercing and perceptive novels and also for her memoir of her father, Gordon has now turned her attention to her other parent. Looking at her mother's siblings, religion, physical disability, difficultness and death, we get a sense of a window opened into a private life that was largely unexamined by herself but hugely influential upon her daughter.

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The Book Show
3:22 am
Wed October 10, 2007

The Book Show #1003

The Book Show
1:51 am
Fri October 5, 2007

The Book Show #1002

Albany, NY – Pattie Boyd was at the heart of the swinging 60's in Brittan. She experiencd it from the inside as a fashion model who became familiar to Americans in her small role in The Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night." She went on to marry George Harrison and eventually to leave him and marry Eric Clapton - both of whom wrote well known songs for her. Now, she's told the fascinating story of her life in her book "Wonderful Tonight."

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The Book Show
11:43 am
Wed September 26, 2007

The Book Show #1001

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Junot Diaz joins host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina to talk about his new novel "The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Diaz's novel about Dominican Republicans living in New Jersey, has been called "wondrous" and "so original" by the New York Times. It is funny, street-smart and keenly observed, and it unfolds from a comic portrait of a second-generation Dominican geek into a harrowing meditation on public and private history and the burdens of familial history.

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The Book Show
12:12 am
Sat September 15, 2007

The Book Show #1000

Albany, NY – This is the 1,000 edition of "The Book Show," and host Gretchen Gerzina and former host Tom Lewis give a retrospective. They'll talk about some of the show's most memorable moments and play some of their favorite clips from past shows.

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The Book Show
11:57 am
Wed September 12, 2007

The Book Show #999

The Book Show
11:52 am
Wed September 5, 2007

The Book Show #998

Albany, NY – 10 years after the death of Princess Diana, the world is just as intrigued by her as ever. Renowned magazine editor Tina Brown has written one of the most praised books about her life, "The Diana Chronicles." It looks at Diana's life and legend through the prisms of both private life and celebrity, showing us how an inexperienced girl set her own determined course through a lonely life that seemed to be charted in other directions, taking the monarchy into the 20th Century.

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