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
4:00 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

The Book Show #1249 - Richard and Kate Russo

Kate Russo, Richard Russo, and Joe Donahue

Pulitzer-prize winner Richard Russo's latest book is a tribute to the printed word. In what many perceive as a coldly relentless digital age, Russo has teamed up with his daughter, artist Kate Russo, to create Interventions, their tribute to the printed book. For it, they chose three stories, Horseman, High and Dry, The Whore’s Child and the title novella, Intervention.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:30 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The Book Show #1248 - Gillian Flynn

Already considered one of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, bestselling writer Gillian Flynn’s latest, Gone Girl: A Novel, is unputdownable. The book is about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.

WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:30 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

The Book Show #1247 - Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux's The Lower River , is the story of Ellis Hock, also a former Peace Corps volunteer. He longs to return to the Malawian village where he volunteered decades earlier, hoping to revisit a different, better chapter of his life. Paul Theroux is the author of many highly acclaimed books.

WAMC Programs - The Book Show
1:40 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

The Book Show #1246 - Anthony Swofford

The 2005 publication of Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles changed author and former sniper Anthony Swofford’s life. The Gulf War memoir became a best-seller and inspired a film adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:46 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Book Show #1245 - Richard Ford

Richard Ford is one of America’s most highly revered writers. His book, Independence Day , was the first to receive both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award.

WAMC Programs - The Book Show
4:04 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

The Book Show #1244 - Lauren Groff

In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what would become a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this romantic, rollicking, and tragic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and after.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:30 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

The Book Show #1243 - Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of fourteen books, including Leap, An Unspoken Hunger, Refuge , and, most recently, Finding Beauty in a Broken World.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:03 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

The Book Show #1242 - Jamie M. Saul

Jamie Saul has written for various magazines including People and Playboy. A two-time guest professor at Yale University, he was the recipient of the Poynter Fellowship. Following his debut novel, Light of Day, author Jamie Saul now explores the intricate relationships between friends and siblings, husbands and wives.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
4:00 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

The Book Show #1241 - Shalom Auslander

Photo by Ken Dreyfack

The new novel from Shalom Auslander includes among its characters, Anne Frank. In Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel, she survived the Holocaust and is discovered hiding in the attic of a house in rural New York State being rented by the book's main character.

Auslander is a best-selling memoirist, short story writer, and regular contributor to the public radio program This American Life. With "Hope: A Tragedy," Auslander says he set out to write a comic novel about genocide.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:30 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

The Book Show #1240 - Anne Sebba

Image from the author's website.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers the first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the 20th century--and one of the most talked about women of her generation. Anne Sebba will join us this week to discuss That Woman.

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