Book Show 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.
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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.

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#1735: Richard Powers "Bewilderment" | The Book Show

Author Richard Powers won the Pulitzer Prize for the #1 New York Times bestseller, "The Overstory." His latest novel, "Bewilderment," has already been shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize and longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction. Photo courtesy of W.W. Norton.

#1734: Anita Hill "Believing" | The Book Show

This week on The Book Show: Thirty years ago, Anita Hill faced down an all-male, all-white Senate Judiciary Committee, led by then-Senator Joe Biden, to testify that her boss, Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas, had sexually harassed her. Her new book is: "Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence." Photo courtesy of Viking.

#1733: Amitava Kumar "A Time Outside This Time" | The Book Show

This week, author Amitava Kumar's new novel, "A Time Outside This Time," is set at a writer's retreat and reflects on the issues of fake news, memory, and the ways in which truth gives over to fiction. Kumar has crafted his fiction so seamlessly from real life that the reader is forced to reckon with what is "real." Photo courtesy of Knopf.

#1733: Amitava Kumar "A Time Outside This Time" | The Book Show

#1732: Maggie Smith "Goldenrod" | The Book Show

Pushcart Prizewinning poet Maggie Smith gained star status with her breakout bestseller "Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change." Now with "Goldenrod," Smith returns to her original craft with a powerful collection of poems that explore parenthood, solitude, love, and memory. Photo courtesy of Atria/One Signal Publishers.

#1731: Peter Heller "The Guide" | The Book Show

This week, Peter Heller's new novel, "The Guide," takes place against the backdrop of his home state of Colorado. It follows a young man, Jack, who accepts a job as a fishing guide at an elite resort in the wilds of Colorado. What begins as an idyllic experience soon takes a dark turn. Photo courtesy of Knopf.

#1730: Paula Hawkins "A Slow Fire Burning" | The Book Show

This week, with one of the longest-running bestselling adult hardcovers in publishing history, "The Girl on the Train," Paula Hawkins became an international publishing phenomenon. She now unfurls a gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge in her latest novel, "A Slow Fire Burning." Photo courtesy of Riverhead Books.

#1729: Lisa Napoli "Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie" | The Book Show

This week, we discuss the new book "Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR" by journalist Lisa Napoli. The book is a group biography of four beloved women who fought sexism; covered decades of American news; and whose voices defined NPR. Photo courtesy of Abrams Press.

#1728: Patricia Engel "Infinite Country" | The Book Show

This week, in her new novel "Infinite Country," acclaimed author Patricia Engel gives voice to five family members as they navigate the particular challenges of family life in two countries. In the book, Engel shows immigration as an ongoing process and a constant flow of people across borders. Photo courtesy of Avid Reader Press/ Simon & Schuster.

#1727: Christopher Cox "The Deadline Effect" | The Book Show

This week, Editor, journalist and writer Christopher Cox explores his experiences with looming deadlines and how he became determined to learn the secret of managing them in his new book, "The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like it's the Last Minute Before the Last Minute." Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster/ Avid Reader Press.

#1726: Fannie Flagg "The Wonder Boy Of Whistle Stop" | The Book Show

This week on The Book Show, Fannie Flagg discusses her sequel to the New York Times bestseller "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café." The novel, "The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop," traces what happened to the beloved characters in Fried Green Tomatoes. This episode originally aired in Dec. 2020. Photo courtesy of Random House.