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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  Set on a small, fictional island off the coast of Maine, Alexi Zentner's second novel, The Lobster Kings, is a nod to Shakespeare’s King Lear.

It introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, Cordelia Kings. The Lobster Kings is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life.

    Owen King’s new novel, Double Feature, is about a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film.

Owen King joins us to talk about his novel, writing in the shadow of his father, Stephen King and the knack of being moving AND funny.

    Joseph Ellis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Founding Brothers. His portrait of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, won the National Book Award.

His new book, Revolutionary Summer, tells an old story in a new way about the summer months of 1776 and how they witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding.

    Francine Prose's new novel is about a cross-dressing French racecar driver who collaborates with the Nazis and is recounted by various alternating voices.

Prose has written more than a dozen novels dating back to 1973 to her latest opus, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.

  Publishers Weekly says Kelly Braffet’s new novel, Save Yourself, is “Captivating and realistically creepy,” adding that “she uses graceful prose, astute dialog, and vivid characters to carry the plot to an unexpected and believable finale.”

The story is a layered tale of a group of characters each seeking their own warped version of peace.

    Teddy Roosevelt described the power of the presidency to shape public opinion as “The Bully Pulpit”. That's also the title of the new book from presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, in which she writes about William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt and explains the unique relationship forged with reporters.

This is an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show in partnership with Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY and recorded before a live audience.

    

  In 2011, Greg Iles suffered life-threatening injuries in an automobile accident that took his right leg and made him question his return to writing.

It ultimately became his path to recovery. He poured himself into an epic trilogy about the Civil Right abuses in the South that begins with the new Natchez Burning.

    In her bestseller Room, writer Emma Donoghue imagined what life would be like for a little boy born into captivity, to a mother who'd been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

And in her new novel, Frog Music, she's imagined a possible solution to a very real murder, one that took place in California in 1876. That crime was never solved. But Emma Donoghue has gone through historical records to write what might have happened.

    In his 2007 memoir, A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah wrote of being a teenager when his town became engulfed in Sierra Leone's civil war in the mid-1990s.

He has now written a novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, in which he imagines a shattered community struggling to rebuild itself after war.

    Rachel Urquhart's debut novel, The Visionist, is based in real life: the Visionists were young Shaker girls who began to suffer mysterious fits, thought to be in communication with the spirit world.

The Visionist tells the story of 15-year old Polly Kimball who kills her abusive father in a fire. Her mother leads them to seek shelter in The City of Hope, a nearby shaker Settlement. She is anointed a visionist upon her arrival, where she is - by turns - worshipped and questioned.

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