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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Albany, NY – Author Paul Collins gives Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina and listeners a little history lesson on the subject of Revolutionary War pamphleteer Thomas Paine; specifically, what happened to the man's body and reputation after his death. It's the subject of Collins' new book, "The Trouble With Tom."

Albany, NY – In this week's show, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina interviews Bob Spitz about his book "The Beatles: The Biography." The massive and exciting tome adds new wrinkles to the story of the world's most influential rock band.

Albany, NY – Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina interviews author Leah Stewart about her novel "The Myth of You and Me," which tells the story of friends who have been separated from one another for a decade.

Albany, NY – Just when you thought no one could write another biography of Virginia Woolf, Julia Briggs comes up with a new approach: the inner life, as seen through the writing of the novels. Join host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina as she talks to Briggs about her book "Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life." Air date: 12/19/05.

Albany, NY – Caryl Phillips - Acclaimed author Phillips writes about Bert Williams, the most famous African American performer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in his latest novel, Dancing in the Dark. Air Date: 12/12/05

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Albany, NY – On this weeks' Book Show, host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with author Adam Gopnik. Gopnik, whose previous book "Paris to the Moon" was a big bestseller, is back with a very different book about Paris. In his fantasy novel for all ages, "The King in the Window", Gopnick writes of a twelve-year-old boy who comes to the assistance of wraiths trapped in windows and mirrors--and ends up saving the universe. Air date: 12/5/05.

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Albany, NY – Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with Sara Bader about her new book "Strange Red Cow", a historical account of classified ads in the United States.

The Book Show #906

Albany, NY – On this week's Book Show Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks with Ellen Cooney about her novel "Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies".
Taking place in turn-of-the-century Boston, a young woman finds herself staying at a hotel where woman are visited by young men at night.

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Albany, NY – Host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina talks to John Darnton. In his novel "The Darwin Conspiracy", Darnton imagines that the great man had a dark secret, only discovered by a pair of modern sleuths. Air date: 11/15/05.

The Book Show #904

Albany, NY – Host Gretchen Gerzina talks with Charles C. Mann. Assumptions about what the Americas were like before the arrival of Columbus have been overturned by archeologists and anthropoligists in recent years. Mann talks about his fascinating book 1491. Air date: 11/7/05