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
1:01 am
Tue January 23, 2007

The Book Show #967

Albany, NY – This week, Gretchen talks with author Barbara Ehrenreich about her new book Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy, which explores ancient and more modern expressions of collective joy. Ehrenreich's book looks at the way we are innately social beings, impelled almost instinctively to share our joy.

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The Book Show
8:30 am
Tue January 16, 2007

The Book Show #966

Albany, NY – Tolstoy wrote that all happy families were alike, and only unhappy families differed. Rachel Kadish takes on this saying in her novel "Tolstoy Lied," which focuses on a 33 year old assistant professor, happily single and up for tenure, who's life gets derailed by a proposal of marriage.

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The Book Show
10:15 am
Tue January 9, 2007

The Book Show #965

Albany, NY – This week, Gretchen talks with author Deborah Cohen about her book "Household Gods: The British and their Possessions". The book chronicles one hundred years of British interiors and looks at the way the British developed their mania for interiors, furniture, and decoration. Cohen talks about the role of morality and religion in the way people think about their homes and their possessions, explores the current state of consumerism in America, and much more.

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The Book Show
10:47 am
Wed January 3, 2007

The Book Show #964

Albany, NY – This week, Gretchen's guest is novelist Sigrid Nunez, whose new novel "The Last of Her Kind" uses the story of two college roommates from the late 1960s to trace a path through that turbulent period in American history. One friend, raised in an affluent Connecticut family, becomes radically politicized and ends up serving a prison term for murdering a police officer, while the other friend, from a poor upstate New York town, narrates the tale of their freindship.

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The Book Show
9:05 am
Wed December 27, 2006

The Book Show #963

Albany, NY – On this weeks show, Gretchen talks with author Jennifer Egan about her new novel The Keep. The Keep is a modern take on the gothic novel. Jennifer talks about how she developed the books complex characters, settings, and themes.

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The Book Show
9:41 am
Wed December 20, 2006

The Book Show #962

Albany, NY – Author Victoria Glendinning's new biography, "Leonard Woolf: A Life," examines the man best known as the husband of troubled novelist Virginia Woolf. Glendinning talks to host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about Leonard Woolf's own distinguished life as a writer, publisher and political activist. Glendinning also shares her thoughts on how her subject was briefly mischaracterized by the early feminist movement and Woolf's familiarity with suicidal personalities.

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The Book Show
10:17 am
Fri December 15, 2006

The Book Show #961

Albany, NY – Mireille Guiliano has followed up her popular book "French Women Don't Get Fat" with "French Women for All Seasons," a book offering advice on how moderation in one's diet can be applied to all areas of life, making for a happier and healthier existence. Guiliano's book uses the seasons of the year as a structure for the book's tips.

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The Book Show
3:37 am
Wed December 6, 2006

The Book Show #960

Albany, NY – This week, writer and master of American letters Gore Vidal talks to Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about his new memoir, "Point to Point Navigation." Vidal shares his thoughts on the decline of the novelist in American culture and the childhood experiences that led to his brushes with politics. He also talks about why movies made from novels usually fail and the trouble with America today.

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The Book Show
1:30 am
Wed November 29, 2006

The Book Show #959

Albany, NY – Writer Jonathan Harr's followup to his bestseller "A Civil Action" was many years in the making, and inspired by an article Harr read in the New York Times about the discovery of a long-missing painting by Michelangelo Caravaggio. The non-fiction book, "The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece," follows the modern-day search for a painting depicting Judas's betrayal of Jesus, while intertwining that story with details about the artist who painted it.

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The Book Show
3:30 am
Wed November 22, 2006

The Book Show #958

Albany, NY – Alison Lurie, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1984 novel "Foreign Affairs," has written a new novel about a middle-aged couple dealing with the effects of the husband's severe back injury. The comic novel explores the dynamics of middle-aged marriages and imploding relationships, themes Lurie discusses with Gretchen in this often funny interview.

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