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
9:55 am
Wed April 19, 2006

The Book Show #927

Albany, NY – It may be too often said that you can't go home again, but in Melissa Holbrook Pierson's new book "The Place You Love Is Gone," the feeling is examined more closely than usual. The book is a meditation on what has happened to three of Pierson's former homes: Akron, OH; Hoboken, NJ; and Ulster County in New York. Gretchen talks to the author about why the changes in landscape and community brought on by economic and social forces have changed them irrevocably.

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The Book Show
10:13 am
Wed April 12, 2006

The Book Show #926

Albany, NY – Derek Bok, retired president of Harvard, draws upon a great deal of empirical evidence in his new book "Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More." In this interview, Bok explains how some of the most important skills educators say are needed in the 21st century are no longer being adequately taught in America's colleges and universities.

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The Book Show
9:32 am
Wed April 5, 2006

The Book Show #925

Albany, NY – Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina's guest on this show is obituary writer Marilyn Johnson, whose new book "The Dead Beat" offers a fascinating look at the history and evolution of the form and the people who proclaim themselves "obituary enthusiasts." Johnson also talks about the differences in the way other cultures handle the marking of notable deaths.

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The Book Show
9:18 am
Wed March 29, 2006

The Book Show #924

Albany, NY – Harlem in the early 1940's is the setting for the newest historical novel by Kevin Baker, "Strivers Row." Third in the author's "City of Fire" trilogy of New York novels, the book examines the parallel experiences of Jonah Dove, a Harlem clergyman undergoing a crisis of faith, and a directionless teenager named Malcolm Little who is destined to be known by another name. The novel recreates a Harlem at the end of its period as America's black capital and builds toward an explosive draft riot.

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The Book Show
10:16 am
Wed March 22, 2006

The Book Show #923

Albany, NY – Dara Horn's second novel, "The World to Come," traces the connections between Russian-born painter Marc Chagall and the New Jersey-based Ziskind family, particularly former child prodigy Ben Ziskind, who feels adrift in the present and steals a Chagall painting from a Jewish museum, believing that it once belonged to his family. Horn talks to Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about her book's journey through the Ziskind family history and how the young author juggles writing and her own family life.

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The Book Show
9:17 am
Tue March 14, 2006

The Book Show #922

Albany, NY – Two anti-war protesters in the Vietnam era commit a crime that forces them to abandon their loved ones and their own identities in order to hide from authorities in Dana Spiotta's new novel "Eat the Document." The emotional costs of their decision and the ways in which subsequent generations adopt and distort 1970s counterculture are explored in the book and in this interview with the author conducted by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina.

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The Book Show
9:31 am
Wed March 8, 2006

The Book Show #921

Albany, NY – Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina interviews science fiction author Octavia Butler about her novel "Parable of the Talents," about a woman in the not-too-distant future who founds her own religion. Gretchen talks to Butler about the novel's themes and why she prefers writing in the genre. The show is a repeat of one of Butler's infrequent interviews, and is being played in honor of the author, who passed on in late February.

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The Book Show
10:10 am
Wed March 1, 2006

The Book Show #920

Albany, NY – John Carlin's new book, "Masters of American Comics," traces the origins and meteoric rise of the medium by examining the works of 15 of its masters. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina discusses the history and appeal of comics with Carlin in this revealing interview.

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The Book Show
10:30 am
Wed February 22, 2006

The Book Show #919

Albany, NY – The Victorian-era true story of how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took it upon himself to defend the wrongfully-accused George Edalji, a half-British, half-Indian son of a vicar, is the subject of "Arthur & George," Julian Barne's new book. Barnes talks with Gretchen about what the case has to say about British attitudes towards race in that period.

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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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