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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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Book Show #1322 - Andre Dubus III

    Andre Dubus III is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, House of Sand and Fog, and the memoir, Townie. In his new collection of novellas, Dirty Love, he tells stories of love tainted and gone wrong.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Book Show #1321 - Anne Perry

    Anne Perry’s novels are thought-provoking, atmospheric thrillers which include plotlines that ask soul-searching questions about the moral and ethical values of society both yesterday and today.

In her latest, Blind Justice, she exposes the vulnerabilities of organized religion, the precarious boundaries of justice and the flaws within the legal system.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Book Show #1320 - T.C. Boyle

    The New York Times has called T. C. Boyle “one of the most inventive and verbally exuberant writers of his generation.”

Boyle is the bestselling author of fourteen novels and nine short story collections. His newest book is T. C. Boyle Stories II, a 944-page sequel to T. C. Boyle Stories I -published in 1998.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Book Show #1319 - Anne and Christopher Rice

Joe Donahue with Anne and Christopher Rice

    On this week’s Book Show we welcome two writers – a mother and her son – both who are no strangers to bestseller lists.

Anne Rice is one of America's most read and celebrated authors. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters. Her latest is The Wolves of Midwinter.

Christopher Rice is the author of four bestsellers, his latest being the supernatural thriller, The Heaven’s Rise.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

The Book Show #1318 - Jeffrey Deaver

    The author of two collections of short stories and 28 previous suspense novels, Jeffrey Deaver is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

His latest is The October List - a novel told in reverse.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Book Show #1317 - Elizbeth Gilbert

    Elizabeth Gilbert - author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, returns to fiction with her first novel in 13-years.

The Signature of All Things is an epic story of desire, ambition and the thirst for knowledge spanning the 18th and 19th centuries – telling the birth to death story of botanist Alma Whittaker.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Book Show #1316 - Louise Penny

    Louise Penny’s New York Times bestselling and critically revered mystery series has been synonymous with the words elegance, depth, and empathy since her mystery debut, Still Life, 7-years ago.

Now, the wise and beleaguered Chief Inspector Armand Gamache faces his nemesis and uncovers shattering revelations in How the Light Gets In.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Book Show #1313 - Edwidge Danticat

    Edwidge Danticat has written her first work of fiction in 9-years. Set in a seaside town in Haiti, Claire of the Sea Light unfolds over the course of one evening during which a father struggles with the painful decision of whether to give away his beloved daughter in the hopes she will find a better life with someone else.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

The Book Show #1309 - Dennis Bock

    After two acclaimed historical novels, one of Canada’s most celebrated writers now gives us the contemporary story of a man studying the suddenly confusing shape his life has taken, and why, and what his responsibilities—as a husband, a father, a brother, and an uncle—truly are.

Dennis Bock’s new novel is Going Home Again.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Book Show #1306 and #1307 - Richard Russo

  After eight commanding works of fiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville - once famous for producing gloves and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by.

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