Sunday, June 15, 2008

Inside The New York Times Book Review, A New Weekly Program

The New York Times and 96.3 FM WQXR have launched a new weekly book program "Inside The New York Times Book Review" with host Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of the Book Review. The 15-minute show will start on Friday, June 6 and air every Friday at 6:05 p.m. on WQXR FM and be available online at The program will feature highlights from that Sunday's Book Review including interviews with distinguished authors, a "Notes From The Field" essay by reporter Rachel Donadio, and a Q. and A. between senior editor Dwight Garner and Mr. Tanenhaus on best-seller news. A podcast of the show will be available on

"Inside The New York Times Book Review" was a one-minute feature on WQXR for several years. In its new incarnation, the short segment has been expanded into a show with more content that will be provided by the editors, contributors and authors who write for or are featured in the Book Review. Mr. Tanenhaus' guests for the first program will be Augusten Burroughs, author of "A Wolf at The Table," and Kathryn Harrison, author of "While They Slept." The June 15 interviews will be with Jackie Collins, author of "Married Lovers," and Elizabeth Royte, author of "Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It." Ms. Donadio will also be covering the literary scene – much as she does in her frequent back page essays in the Book Review – with commentary on awards, festivals, parties and other publishing events as well as industry scuttlebutt. Mr. Garner will expand on his weekly column "TBR: Inside The List" with comments, musings and an occasional grumble about bestsellers and the lists.

"We'll be drawing on the full range of the Book Review content, including Rachel's incisive reporting and commentary on the literary-cultural scene and Dwight's smart and witty take on the literary marketplace," said Mr. Tanenhaus.

"Bringing the podcast to WQXR is a reversal of what has been the usual pattern of having radio programs migrate to the Web," said Tom Bartunek, president, New York Times Radio and general manager, WQXR. "It's a testament, first to the quality of the podcast; and second, to The Times's commitment to create engaging audio for distribution across the whole spectrum of platforms."

Past podcasts from the Book Review have included interviews with many prominent authors such as Umberto Eco, Ian McEwan, Richard Price, Robert Stone and Tom Wolfe. The podcasts have developed a loyal following online and are archived, along with past reviews and other content from the Book Review, at

Suggestions for guests to appear on the program may be sent to Blake Wilson at the Book Review:

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