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 - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

The Book Show #1272 - Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich has been a published and highly regarded author for nearly 30 years but had never won a National Book Award until being cited in November 2012 for her novel, The Round House. It is the second book of a planned trilogy about an Ojibwe boy and his quest to avenge his mother's rape.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

The Book Show #1271 - Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin in CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst and a staff writer for The New Yorker. In his new book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, he describes how the court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and the Affordable Care Act ruling from this year show how the constitution is being reinterpreted.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

The Book Show #1270 - Da Chen

Da Chen’s debut novel, Brothers - set during the Chinese cultural revolution - received tremendous praise for its insight into the period. His new book, My Last Empress: A Novel, is a mystical and poetic story of romance and palace intrigue set in 19th Century China.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

The Book Show #1269 - J.R. Moehringer

For over three decades in American history, Willie Sutton was America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men in New York.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

The Book Show #1267 - Ken Follett

Winter of the World is the second book in Ken Follett's Century Trilogy, which tracks the intertwined fates of five families from the early 1930s and the rise of Nazism through the late 1940s and the dawn of the nuclear arms race. In it, we follow the characters from Book One — Fall of Giants.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

The Book Show #1266 - Junot Diaz

Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the Pulitzer Prize.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

The Book Show #1264 - Naomi Wolf

When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf, author of the modern classic, The Beauty Mythn, on a deeply personal journey to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity, she discovers, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an intrinsic component of the female brain.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

The Book Show #1263 - Randy Cohen

The New York Times Magazine's original "Ethicist" Randy Cohen helps readers locate their own internal ethical compasses as he delivers answers to life's most challenging dilemmas.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

The Book Show #1262 - Salman Rushdie

For nearly a decade, Salman Rushdie lived under the threat of death after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwā because of his novel, The Satanic Verses: A Novel.

WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

The Book Show #1260 - Verlyn Klinkenborg

In the new book Several Short Sentences About Writing , author and New York Times editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg does away with much of the traditional wisdom on writing and dissects the sentence — its structure, its intention, its semantic craftsmanship — to deliver a new, useful, and direct guide to the art of storytelling.

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