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
3:35 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

The Book Show #1238 - Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow and Joe Donahue

This is a special Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show – taped before a live audience at the Manchester Elementary Middle School in Manchester, Vermont presented by The Northshire Bookstore.

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4:19 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

The Book Show #1237 - Thomas Mallon

copyright © Robert Birnbaum

During the summer of 1972, five men were arrested in the middle of the night for breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C.

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The Book Show
11:20 am
Tue March 27, 2012

The Book Show #1236 - Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear's Maise Dobbs mysteries have been called by USA Today "less whodunits than why-dunits, more PD James than Agatha Christie." The books are set in "between the wars" England, time currently in the spotlight given the success of the Downton Abbey  TV series on PBS.

The Book Show
4:01 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

The Book Show #1230 - Alan Lightman

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The Book Show
4:07 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

The Book Show #1229 - Alex Gilvarry and Suzzy Roche

Albany, NY – On this week's episode of The Book Show we are going to focus on two very talented authors who are making their debut. They have penned two very different books - but what they have in common is that they add their names to a list of fresh, new fiction writers arriving on the scene. We will welcome Suzzy Roche of The Roches who has just written a novel entitled Wayward Saints, and we'll also discover Alex Gilvarry, his first novel is From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.

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The Book Show
4:10 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

The Book Show #1228 - Margot Livesey

Albany, NY – Livesey, who grew up in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught at a private school for boys, has released her seventh novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy. The book echoes some of Livesey's experiences. Gemma, orphaned young, is sent to a boarding school where she is both servant and student. As a young adult, she takes a job as an au pair on the Orkney Islands in a story that pays homage to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

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The Book Show
2:33 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

The Book Show #1227 - Stewart O'Nan

Albany, NY – Stewart O'Nan's thirteenth novel, The Odds, is another original, bittersweet snapshot, like his celebrated "Last Night at the Lobster." Valentine's weekend, Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland suburb for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings account and book a bridal suite at the Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon.

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The Book Show
6:21 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

The Book Show #1226 - William Gibson

Albany, NY – William Gibson has long been recognized as a literary pioneer with an eye for technological movements and social change. His most recent New York Times-bestselling trilogy, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History, earned international acclaim as "the god of speculative fiction" (New York Magazine.)

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The Book Show
3:45 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

The Book Show #1225 - Sara Paretsky

Albany, NY – Thirty years ago, mystery writer Sara Paretsky published her first novel starring intrepid Chicago P.I. V.I. Warshawski. Her latest in the popular series is: Breakdown. The plot mixes the mania for vampire and supernatural novels, especially among tweens, tabloid journalism, xenophobia and dirty politics.

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The Book Show
3:11 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

The Book Show #1222 - David Pietrusza

Albany, NY – Called one "of the best historians in the United States" and "the undisputed champion of chronicling American Presidential campaigns," David Pietrusza has produced a number of critically-acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history.

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