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 July 2, 2013

The Book Show #1302 - Ben Schrank

In the new novel, Love Is a Canoe, partly set in the village of Millerton, NY, Ben Schrank delivers a smart, funny, romantic novel about the fragility of marriage and the difficulty of repairing the damage when well-intentioned people forget how to be good to one another.

Ben Schrank is also the author of the novels Consent and Miracle Man.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

The Book Show #1301 - Alafair Burke

    Former Deputy D.A. Alafair Burke’s ninth novel, If You Were Here: A Novel of Suspense, is about Manhattan Journalist, McKenna Jordan.

She thinks she has a scoop when she obtains a video showing a woman pulling a boy from harm on subway tracks. When the mystery woman appears to be McKenna’s close friend who disappeared a decade earlier, the story becomes increasingly complex.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The Book Show #1300 - Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith's fourth novel, NW, is a return of sorts to the voices and the northwest London landscape of her 2000 debut, White Teeth. Her tragi-comic new novel follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan – as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their London is a complicated place.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The Book Show #1299 - Michael Connelly

    Michael Connelly started his career as a newspaper reporter, eventually working as a police and crime reporter for The Los Angeles Times. While there, he covered the 1992 riots – a time and place to which he returns in the book, The Black Box, which stars LAPD detective, Harry Bosch.

Previously aired as Book Show #1279.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The Book Show #1298 - Rilla Askew

At the heart of Rilla Askew’s new novel, Kind of Kin, are social and political issues that continue to rend the fabric of America: illegal immigration, conflicting cultures, the abuse of power, and the tension between faith and government.

Askew has written an investigation of how sweeping, agenda-driven legislation affects real, individual lives.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

The Book Show #1297 - Sam Lipsyte

    

  The Fun Parts: Stories is a hilarious collection of stories from the writer The New York Times called “the novelist of his generation.”

Returning to the form in which he began, Sam Lipsyte, author of the New York Times bestseller The Ask, offers up a book of bold, hilarious, and deeply felt collection of stories, some first published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, or Playboy.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

The Book Show #1296 - Ann Hood

    

  Ann Hood’s 13th novel is The Obituary Writer.

The story goes back and forth in time between 1919 San Francisco, when obituary writer Vivien Lowe searches for the man she lost in the Great Earthquake of 1906, and 1961 Washington, DC, when Claire, a young wife and mother, struggles to decide whether to follow the man she loves or stay in her secure marriage.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Book Show #1295 - James Salter

    An extraordinary literary event, All That Is, is a major new novel by the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed master, James Salter.

It is a sweeping, seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

The Book Show #1294 - Cheryl Strayed

    Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, her essay collection, Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch.

Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. It tells Cheryl’s story of hitting the Pacific Crest Trail at age 22, following the death of her mother.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

The Book Show #1293 - Manil Suri

    Manil Suri's new novel, The City of Devi, opens with India and Pakistan on the verge of nuclear war. India is roiled by factional violence between Hindus and Muslims. Bombers strafe citizens, vigilantes settle scores, and terrorists set off dirty bombs around the country as Mumbai boils over with fear and fury. But, at its heart, it is a love story.

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