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
2:02 am
Wed April 4, 2007

The Book Show #977

Albany, NY – Author Matthew Sharpe talks about his new novel Jamestown on this edition of The Book Show. His darkly comical novel is set in the not too distant future where a post-apocalyptic world has descend into chaos

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The Book Show
2:07 am
Wed March 28, 2007

The Book Show #976

Albany, NY – Tracy Chevalier, best known for her novel "Girl With a Pearl Earring," takes on the story of poet and visionary William Blake in her newest novel, "Burning Bright."

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The Book Show
8:55 am
Wed March 21, 2007

The Book Show #975

Albany, NY – This week on the Book Show, Gretchen talks with historian Michael Wallis about his fascinating book "Billy the Kid, the Endless Ride." Wallis sifts through the fact and fiction and explains why "the kid" has remained one of our most popular and most mythologized folk heros.

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The Book Show
10:54 am
Wed March 14, 2007

The Book Show #974

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Gretchen talks with Adam Sisman about his new book "The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge" which looks at the relationship between two of England's most famous and influential poets, William Wordsworth and Taylor Coleridge. Sisman talks about their lives in 1790's Europe, their writing, their friendship, the events that led to their falling out and what made their collaboration so special.

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The Book Show
2:43 am
Wed March 7, 2007

The Book Show #973

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Gretchen talks with Laila Halaby about her new book, "Once in a Promised Land." Her novel tells the story of a Jordanian couple living in Arizona who face their own disintegrating marriage, personal tragedy, and public recrimination in the wake of 9/11. Halaby talks about her novel and her own life in a changing America.

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The Book Show
12:58 am
Wed February 28, 2007

The Book Show #972

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, author Chris Bohjalian talks about his novel The Double Bind. Bohjalin describes his latest novel as a literary thriller. It follows a young social worker who survives a brutal attack and her obsession with uncovering a dark secret.

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The Book Show
9:44 am
Tue February 20, 2007

The Book Show #971

Albany, NY – Host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with author Matt Haig about his new novel "The Dead Fathers Club," a new twist on Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Haig talks about his life as a writer and how he developed the characters and themes in his latest novel. Haig creatively reanimates themes from Hamlet with an 11-year old British protagonist who is commissioned to avenge his father's murder.

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The Book Show
12:53 am
Tue February 13, 2007

The Book Show #970

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, biographer extraordinaire Claire Tomalin talks about her new book, "Thomas Hardy," a life of the author of "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and "Return of the Native. Tomalin tells us what she learned about Thomas Hardy's life, his childhood, his relationship with his parents, his marriage and most importantly his writing.

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The Book Show
2:37 am
Wed February 7, 2007

The Book Show #969

Albany, NY – This week on The Book Show, Gretchen talks with scholar and poet William W. Cook. It's a discussion about the book Harlem Speaks: A Living History of the Harlem Renaissance and features selections from the accompanying CD. Cook talks about the Harlem Renaissance, what it was, where it came from and why it was important

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The Book Show
11:54 am
Wed January 31, 2007

The Book Show #968

Albany, NY – This week, Gretchen talks with National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols about the book "The Last Place on Earth." The book includes photographs taken by Nichols which document the wildlife living in one of the last uncharted African forests. Nichols describes how he used infrared camera traps, tree stands, and ingenuity to capture photographs of wild creatures, never before seen. The project led to the creation of 13 national parks, established to protect the wildlife documented by Nichols and environmentalist Michael Fay.

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