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
8:59 am
Wed February 15, 2006

The Book Show #918

Albany, NY – Tom Lewis' new book "The Hudson: A History" traces the cultural and historical significance of the Hudson River, from the pivotal role it played in the Revolutionary War to the way it shaped the fortunes of New York State and thus the country. Lewis shares some insights from his book with Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina in this revealing interview.

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The Book Show
10:19 am
Wed February 8, 2006

The Book Show #917

Albany, NY – French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre practiced his philosophy through his unconventionally free relationship with lover Simone de Beauvoir, an early feminist and fellow writer. Their affair and the effect it had on those around them is the subject of "Tete-a-Tete," the new book by author Hazel Rowley. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to Rowley about what makes the book stand out from other scholarly works about the couple.

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The Book Show
9:20 am
Wed February 1, 2006

The Book Show #916

Albany, NY – A young, ambitious woman gets a journalism job in 1959 Miami and gets caught up in the city's culture of exiled Cuban revolutionaries in Gail Godwin's latest novel "Queen of the Underworld." Gretchen talks with the author about the process of writing the novel, which is partly based on Godwin's own experience working at a newspaper in Miami.

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The Book Show
9:42 am
Wed January 25, 2006

The Book Show #915

Albany, NY – A mystery set in a town near the American-Canadian border is told through the perspectives of a girl who can raise the dead, a woman in a nursing home, and even the town's animal and plant life in Kathryn Davis' new novel "The Thin Place." Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with Davis about the book's tale of loves lost and discovered.

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The Book Show
8:58 am
Tue January 17, 2006

The Book Show #914

Albany, NY – Gretchen interviews author Marge Piercy on her new book "Sex Wars: A Novel of the post-Civil War Period," which chronicles the struggles for womens' rights that took place during postbellum America.

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The Book Show
8:44 am
Tue January 10, 2006

The Book Show #913

Albany, NY – Author Paul Collins gives Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina and listeners a little history lesson on the subject of Revolutionary War pamphleteer Thomas Paine; specifically, what happened to the man's body and reputation after his death. It's the subject of Collins' new book, "The Trouble With Tom."

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The Book Show
11:34 am
Tue January 3, 2006

The Book Show #912

Albany, NY – In this week's show, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina interviews Bob Spitz about his book "The Beatles: The Biography." The massive and exciting tome adds new wrinkles to the story of the world's most influential rock band.

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The Book Show
12:48 pm
Mon December 26, 2005

Book show #911

Albany, NY – Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina interviews author Leah Stewart about her novel "The Myth of You and Me," which tells the story of friends who have been separated from one another for a decade.

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The Book Show
11:55 am
Mon December 19, 2005

Book Show #910

Albany, NY – Just when you thought no one could write another biography of Virginia Woolf, Julia Briggs comes up with a new approach: the inner life, as seen through the writing of the novels. Join host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina as she talks to Briggs about her book "Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life." Air date: 12/19/05.

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2:30 pm
Mon December 12, 2005

Book Show #909

Albany, NY – Caryl Phillips - Acclaimed author Phillips writes about Bert Williams, the most famous African American performer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in his latest novel, Dancing in the Dark. Air Date: 12/12/05

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