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 March 19, 2013

The Book Show #1287 - Daniel Klein

    In his early 70s, author Daniel Klein came to terms with aging. Klein returned to the Greek village and philosophers he has visited for decades to discover authentic ways of aging.

In Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life , he concludes that old age is a privilege to be savored, rather than a disease to be cured or a condition to be denied.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

The Book Show #1286 - George Saunders

    George Saunders is renowned for his six collections of short stories, novellas, and his non-fiction essays.

His most recent work, Tenth of December: Stories, was reviewed for The New York Time Magazine with the headline: "George Saunders has written the best book you’ll read this year."

The collected stories are dark yet funny, desperate yet hopeful.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The Book Show #1285 - Robert Crais

  Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels and was the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

His latest novel, Suspect, tells the story of Scott and Maggie - an LAPD K9 team nobody trusts--damaged goods who are wounded, scared, and suspect. Who work together to solve a murder and regain trust.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Book Show #1284 - Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

    In 1973 in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor that encouraged him.

After much success they have written the new book, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, which explores three major non-fiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

The Book Show #1283 - Dave Barry

    Insane City is Pulitzer Prize winning humorist Dave Barry's first novel in more than 10 years, though he has been writing non-fiction best-sellers during that time. In the book, Seth Weinstein is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida.

Little does he know what's in store: Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children on the run from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

The Book Show #1280 - Caleb Carr

  Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, and The Italian Secretary. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater.

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WAMC Programs
2:06 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

The Book Show #1276 - Michael Chabon

Telegraph Avenue is the eighth novel by Michael Chabon who won the Pulitzer in 2001 for  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

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

The Book Show #1275 - Martin Amis

Martin Amis' latest novel is his 15th work of fiction. Lionel Asbo: State of England centers around a thuggish, yet occasionally endearing antihero, Lionel Asbo, whose last name results from being handed down at age 3 an Anti Social Behavior Order, a civil order issued in Britain against conduct that includes things like begging, graffiti and excessive noise.

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

The Book Show #1273 - Archer Mayor

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as "the best police procedurals being written in America." In the new book, Paradise City, Joe Gunther investigates Vermont burglaries and a murder leads him to Northampton, Massachusetts.

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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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