The Donahue Interview | Sigrid Nunez, 2018 National Book Award Winner

Each year, the Woodstock Bookfest is honored to have WAMC’s Joe Donahue host one of our most popular events, The Donahue Interview.

Joe Donahue, host of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio New York’s talk show, The Roundtable, has received over 50 national and local awards for his interviewing achievements, including the prestigious Scripps-Howard Excellence in Electronic Journalism Award and several Edward R. Murrow awards.

This year, Joe hosts Sigrid Nunez, author of the new novel The Friend, which the New York Times called “an acerbic but often poignant exploration of love, friendship, death, grief, art and literature.”

The Friend received this year’s National Book Award for fiction and was hailed by critics as a subtle, unassuming masterpiece.

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

Sigrid Nunez 2017 (c) Marion Ettlinger-Woodstock-Bookfest-2019Sigrid Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation City and The Last of Her Kind, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Winner of the National Book Award for The Friend, she has been a recipient of a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Nunez lives in New York City.

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Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

All of the above PLUS the One Day Intensive of your choice.

Kleinert/James Center
34 Tinker Street
Friday March 29, 2019