BookTV has aired, on CSPAN2, every weekend since 1998 focusing on non-fiction books. That focus shifts a little in January 2018 when their 3-hour-long show In Depth will begin featuring fiction authors as well.
They are going to feature one fiction author, on the first Sunday of each month, all year long. These segments will be conducted as all In Depth shows are, allowing viewers to watch live and call or send in questions via social media.
They haven’t shared the whole line up for the year, but there are some big fiction authors slated to be on the show:
- January 7th: David Ignatius
- February 4th: Colson Whitehead
- March 4th: Jeff Shaara
- April 1st: Walter Mosley
- May 6th: TBD
- June 3rd: Gish Jen
- July 1st: Brad Thor
- August 5th: Cory Doctorow
- September 2nd: TBD
- October 7th: Geraldine Brooks
- November 4th: TBD
- December 2nd: Brad Meltzer
What a great lineup! Those are some smart folks who are writing about big and small topics all over the place. BookTV has chatted with fiction authors before during their coverage of literary festivals or industry events like Book Expo of America. In fact they’re airing a conversation with George Saunders about his book Lincoln in the Bardo, which is a segment I plan on watching.
If you don’t keep up with BookTV, it is well worth your while to check the lineup every weekend. They’ve had some great interviews over the years and they broadcast many author readings, book parties, and book festivals. It’s one of the coolest things our government has every spent taxpayer dollars on. The BookTV YouTube channel is worth a subscription too.
Nothing really much to say today, except that I’m finally getting to start Andy Weir’s Artemis and that I really love fiction that opens with maps and diagrams!
It just makes me happy. I bet the book designers who work on these books are always happy to get fun add-one like maps and sketches too.
This week officially wrap’s up Nonfiction November 2017. I had a lot of fun over the past few weeks. I’ve bumped into some very cool bookish folks, found some new blogs to follow and most importantly – found some interesting books to read. I mean Mount TBR is never big enough, you know?
These future reads are what make up the closing week’s writing prompt for #nonficnov, which is being hosted by Lory over at The Emerald City Book Review:
It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!
Here are the books, with links to the blog posts mentioning them, that I ran into this month. The topics are all over the map and all had some very cool things said about them.
Thanks to LibraryThing, I have been tracking lots of data about the books on my shelves. Over the past few years I have been tracking not only where I buy a book from, but how I heard about the book. This piece of any reader’s journey fascinates me. How do we find the books we choose to read? A few years ago it was all Twitter for me. Looking at the numbers, I see that, for two years, podcasts were my #1 source for book recommendations.
But this year is shaping up to be mostly books recommended by bloggers I follow or books I stumbled upon while visiting the library. There’s still a month to go and it’s too close to call. But either way, I think I like the way this is trending for me.
I hope you found some interesting reads this past month. If you missed out on the all the fun, you can search for #nonficnov on all the platforms and I bet you’ll bump into someone there talking about good books.
Thanks again to all the organizers of this year’s Nonfiction November.
This past Thanksgiving holiday was a wonder break for us. I hope your holiday was restful as well and I hope you read something good!
I just wanted to share these pics of a Little Free Library that I stumbled upon a few hours south of Birmingham. It’s bright, colorful and a a smart idea to place free books right along the sidewalk of a small downtown area.
The Little Free Library movement is one of the coolest things humanity has going for it these days. Any of you have one of these near where you live or travel to?