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
4:32 am
Wed September 13, 2006

The Book Show #948

Albany, NY – Exiled Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong'o talks to Gretchen about his new novel "Wizard of the Crow," which was 10 years in the making. It tells the story of two revolutionaries in a fictional African country who rail against their dictatorial govenrment. Gretchen and Ngugi discuss the power of words to topple governments and Thiong'o's experience returning to his country two years ago.

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The Book Show
11:09 am
Wed September 6, 2006

The Book Show #947

Albany, NY – Ward Just's 15th novel, "Forgetfulness," tells the story of a portrait artist with a prior history of intelligence work who finds himself grappling with his own feelings when he is given the opportunity to confront the terrorists who murdered his wife. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to the author about artists as good protagonists and musical influences on writing.

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The Book Show
9:33 am
Wed August 30, 2006

The Booke Show #946

Albany, NY – Gretchen's guest this week is author Kim Edwards, whose new book "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" tells the story of a doctor who sends away his newborn baby, afflicted with Downs Syndrome, and tells his wife the baby died. A nurse disregards the doctor's instructions and raises the child on her own, which leads to the Downs Syndrome child leading a parallel and secret life apart from her biological family.

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The Book Show
12:16 am
Wed August 23, 2006

The Book Show #945

Albany, NY – Lily King's novel "The English Teacher" tells the story of a woman who is capable of dealing with life only through the literature she teaches, a flaw which begins affecting her son, new husband and stepchildren. On this week's show, the author talks with Gretchen about what it's like to know the price of everything but the value of nothing.

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The Book Show
9:33 am
Wed August 16, 2006

The Book Show #944

Albany, NY – Theories about what lies beneath the Earth's surface have been a part of many human civilizations throughout history, and David Standish's new book "Hollow Earth" explores the science and literature that have developed around the idea. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to Standish about the various explanations people have come up with about underground worlds.

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The Book Show
9:45 am
Wed August 9, 2006

The Book Show #943

Albany, NY – Although Githa Hariharan's novel "In Times of Siege" was published in 2003, it is still well worth examining, given its continued relevance. Gretchen talks to the author about the book's story of a mild mannered Indian university professor who finds himself forced to defend his teachings from religious extremists while simultaneously dealing with an alluring young student who has moved in with him.

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The Book Show
9:59 am
Wed August 2, 2006

The Book Show #942

Albany, NY – Host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina interviews author Elizabeth Buchan, whose latest novel, "Wives Behaving Badly," is a sequel to her best-seller "Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman." Buchan talks about how she tried to make the sequel stand on its own terms, and about the themes of aging and gender roles that are prevalent in her work.

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The Book Show
9:59 am
Wed July 26, 2006

The Book Show #941

Albany, NY – Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina welcomes back author T.C. Boyle to talk about his new book "Talk Talk," a novel about a deaf woman who goes on a journey to find the man who has stolen her identity. Her search for justice and revenge end up taking on a life of their own in the thrilling new tale.

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The Book Show
9:18 am
Wed July 19, 2006

The Book Show #940

Albany, NY – This week, Gretchen talks to author James Shapiro about his latest book, "A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599," a unique biography of the Bard. Shapiro traces the events of what was perhaps Shakespeare's most creative year and dissects the personal and financial factors that made it so. Gretchen and James also discuss the differences between American and British perspectives on history and why James feels a limited focus is a good choice when writing a biography.

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The Book Show
9:38 am
Wed July 12, 2006

The Book Show #939

Albany, NY – Award-winning novelist Monica Ali is the guest on this week's show, talking about her latest novel "Alentejo Blue." The book tells a number of intertwining stories about the residents of a small Portuguese village, some natives, some expatriates. Ali discusses the book's non-linear structure and her individual take on the importance of research to a writer.

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