Albany, NY – Hilma Wolitzer's books "Heart's Ending" and "Tunnel of Love" earned her critical acclaim and a devoted following, but she experienced a long period of writer's block, which she talks candidly about in this interview. Her new novel "The Doctor's Daughter," is her first in 12 years, and tells the story of a book doctor in her 50s who begins to have doubts about her marriage, career and relationship with her deteriorating father.

Albany, NY – Walter Mosley, of "Easy Rawlins" fame, talks to Gretchen about his newest novel, "Fortunate Son," the story of two boys - one privileged and white, the other black with a hole in his lung - who are raised together and forced to separate. Mosley talks about the book's themes of race and fate, and about how it has been received by readers and critics.

Albany, NY – Sarah Waters' newest book "The Night Watch" tells the story of lesbian ambulance drivers during the Blitz of London. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to the author about how she got into writing historical fiction, what things were like for Londoners in World War II, and her thoughts on being perceived as a lesbian writer.

Albany, NY – Julia Alvarez, author of the bestselling novel "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," talks about her latest novel "Saving the World." The book is the story of women in two time periods, one a 21st-century Vermont writer who finds herself fascinated by the story of the other, a 19th-century woman who travels the world inoculating people against smallpox.

Albany, NY – It may be too often said that you can't go home again, but in Melissa Holbrook Pierson's new book "The Place You Love Is Gone," the feeling is examined more closely than usual. The book is a meditation on what has happened to three of Pierson's former homes: Akron, OH; Hoboken, NJ; and Ulster County in New York. Gretchen talks to the author about why the changes in landscape and community brought on by economic and social forces have changed them irrevocably.

Albany, NY – Derek Bok, retired president of Harvard, draws upon a great deal of empirical evidence in his new book "Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More." In this interview, Bok explains how some of the most important skills educators say are needed in the 21st century are no longer being adequately taught in America's colleges and universities.

Albany, NY – Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina's guest on this show is obituary writer Marilyn Johnson, whose new book "The Dead Beat" offers a fascinating look at the history and evolution of the form and the people who proclaim themselves "obituary enthusiasts." Johnson also talks about the differences in the way other cultures handle the marking of notable deaths.

Albany, NY – Harlem in the early 1940's is the setting for the newest historical novel by Kevin Baker, "Strivers Row." Third in the author's "City of Fire" trilogy of New York novels, the book examines the parallel experiences of Jonah Dove, a Harlem clergyman undergoing a crisis of faith, and a directionless teenager named Malcolm Little who is destined to be known by another name. The novel recreates a Harlem at the end of its period as America's black capital and builds toward an explosive draft riot.

Albany, NY – Dara Horn's second novel, "The World to Come," traces the connections between Russian-born painter Marc Chagall and the New Jersey-based Ziskind family, particularly former child prodigy Ben Ziskind, who feels adrift in the present and steals a Chagall painting from a Jewish museum, believing that it once belonged to his family. Horn talks to Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about her book's journey through the Ziskind family history and how the young author juggles writing and her own family life.

Albany, NY – Two anti-war protesters in the Vietnam era commit a crime that forces them to abandon their loved ones and their own identities in order to hide from authorities in Dana Spiotta's new novel "Eat the Document." The emotional costs of their decision and the ways in which subsequent generations adopt and distort 1970s counterculture are explored in the book and in this interview with the author conducted by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina.