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Albany, NY – Exiled Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong'o talks to Gretchen about his new novel "Wizard of the Crow," which was 10 years in the making. It tells the story of two revolutionaries in a fictional African country who rail against their dictatorial govenrment. Gretchen and Ngugi discuss the power of words to topple governments and Thiong'o's experience returning to his country two years ago.

Albany, NY – Ward Just's 15th novel, "Forgetfulness," tells the story of a portrait artist with a prior history of intelligence work who finds himself grappling with his own feelings when he is given the opportunity to confront the terrorists who murdered his wife. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to the author about artists as good protagonists and musical influences on writing.

Albany, NY – Award-winning novelist Monica Ali is the guest on this week's show, talking about her latest novel "Alentejo Blue." The book tells a number of intertwining stories about the residents of a small Portuguese village, some natives, some expatriates. Ali discusses the book's non-linear structure and her individual take on the importance of research to a writer.

Albany, NY – Anthony Giardina's latest novel "White Guys" uses a true-crime story, that of a Boston man who shot and killed his pregnant wife and blamed it on a black man, as its inspiration. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to Giardina about his novel, a tale of a group of Irish and Italian-American friends who navigate the cultural changes wrought by the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Albany, NY – Best-selling British author Hilary Mantel talks to host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about her latest novel "Beyond Black." It tells the story of a psychic struggling to deal with the rarely-explored consequences of her talent. She is aided by an uncouth spirit guide and a woman who is her polar opposite in her quest to come to terms with her life.

Albany, NY – Ryan Knighton developed a rare disorder in his teens that slowly robbed him of his sight. Ironically, the experience caused him to get a new perspective on the world around him, allowing him the opportunity to write about it in his new book, "Cockeyed: A Memoir." Host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to Knighton about the unexpectedly humorous and irreverent book.

Albany, NY – Host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to author Patricia Klindienst about her latest book "The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans." The book chronicles Klindienst's travels around the country, studying the gardens of various cultures and what they reveal about the peoples who tend them.

Albany, NY – Author Sara Gruen talks to host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about Gruen's new novel, "Water for Elephants." The book tells the story of an elderly man in a nursing home who finds someone who truly cares for him there, while he reminisces about his years in a circus during the Great Depression. Gruen discusses the origins of the novel and the reasons elephants are so important to it.

Albany, NY – The world of academia is the setting for Elinor Lipman's newest novel "My Latest Grievance," the story of a girl raised by her two left-wing college professor parents and the effect on their family when an old flame of her father's returns to wreak havoc.

Albany, NY – Jodi Picoult, author of "My Sister's Keeper" and "Vanishing Acts," comes onto The Book Show to discuss her newest novel "The Tenth Circle." It tells the story of the Stone family, which is rocked when Trixie Stone, daughter of Daniel and Laura, is date-raped. Daniel finds himself facing an angry part of himself he thought long gone, and Laura must deal with her guilt over being with her lover when her daughter needed her. Picoult discusses the research done for the novel and the book's unique nature as a novel-comic hybrid.

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