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
9:53 am
Wed June 20, 2007

The Book Show #987

Albany, NY – Sherman Alexi has just published his first novel in 10-years. In Flight, a lonely time-traveling 15-year old boy races through confrontations throughout American history while struggling to find his place in the world.

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The Book Show
12:59 am
Wed June 6, 2007

The Book Show #986

Albany, NY – This week on the Book Show, host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina welcomes Lois Gordon, author of the new biography "Nancy Cunard." Nancy Cunard was one of the most fascinating women of the 20th century. She was the heir to the Cunard shipping fortune who abandon the world of a celebrated socialite and jazz age icon to pursue a lifelong battle against social injustice. Lois Gordon talks about the life of Nancy Cunard and her new biography, "Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist."

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The Book Show
4:36 am
Wed May 30, 2007

The Book Show #985

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina interviews Anita Shreve.
Counted as one of America's most popular and best selling authors, Shreve's books include "The Pilots Wife," "The Weight of Water," "Fortunes Rocks," and many others. She joins Gretchen to talk about her latest novel, "Body Surfing."

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The Book Show
10:37 am
Wed May 23, 2007

The Book Show #984

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, talks with Ron Carlson about his novel "Five Skies." The novel is set in a remote section of Idaho where three men, all emotionally damaged and at different stages in life, come together for a summer-long construction project.

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The Book Show
1:16 am
Wed May 16, 2007

The Book Show #983

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Gretchen talks with author Patricia Volk about her new novel "To My Dearest Friends." It's a book about two very different women who are brought together by the last will and testament of a mutual friend. Set in New York City, the book deals with the complexity of friendship and the use and abuse of secrets.

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The Book Show
9:40 am
Wed May 9, 2007

The Book Show #982

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Gretchen talks with author Nathaniel Philbrick about his latest book "Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War." The National Book Award winner and finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History examines the history of Plymouth colony and brings into focus a period of American history often clouded in mythology.

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The Book Show
1:48 am
Wed May 2, 2007

The Book Show #981

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with first time novelist Marish Pessel. Pessel talks about the success of her debut novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics, a clever murder mystery about a high school student who lives with her rambling professor father - that culminates with a final exam.

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The Book Show
2:12 am
Wed April 25, 2007

The Book Show #980

Albany, NY – This week on the book show, author Hermione Lee talks about her biography Edith Wharton. Lee talks about how Edith Wharton defied societal expectations for a woman of her upper class New York heritage by becoming an intellectual, a divorcee, and one of America's finest writers.

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The Book Show
11:33 am
Wed April 18, 2007

The Book Show #979

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Gretchen talks with author Elise Blackwell about her new novel, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish. In the novel an accomplished scientist looks back in old age at the pivotal summer in 1927 when, as a teenager in southern Louisiana, floods threatened to inundate the towns along the Mississippi.

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The Book Show
9:45 am
Wed April 11, 2007

The Book Show #978

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Getchen talks with author Jack Larkin about his book Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home . In his new book, Larkin revisits the architecture of America from 1775 to 1840 and shows how each part of the nation created its own landscape as people adapted their old traditions to their new climate and terrain.

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