Book TV airs on C-Span 2 this week from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. The following are highlights for this coming weekend. For more information, go to Book TV's website.
Saturday, September 24
8 a.m. Kevin Mitnick, author of Ghosts in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker (Little, Brown, $25.99, 9780316037709), recounts his three years on the run from the FBI after drawing attention for his illegal access to major corporations' computer networks.
10 a.m. Book TV features live coverage of the 11th annual National Book Festival from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Programming includes event coverage from the history and biography pavilion, author interviews and national viewer phone calls with authors, including Sarah Vowell, Eric Foner and Jim Lehrer. (Re-airs Sunday at 12 a.m.)
7 p.m. Anthony Bradley, author of Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development (Wipf & Stock Publishers, $19, 9781608995967), applies Christian moral teachings to an array of subjects. (Re-airs Sunday at 10 p.m. and Sunday, October 2, at 1 a.m. and 9 a.m.)
8 p.m. Eric Greitens, author of The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780547424859), talks about joining the SEALs after doing humanitarian work and earning a Ph.D. from Oxford University. (Re-airs Sunday at 11 p.m.)
9 p.m. Benjamin Runkle, author of Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden (Palgrave Macmillan, $27, 9780230104853), presents a history of manhunts launched by the American military and intelligence agencies. (Re-airs Sunday at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 1, at 4 p.m. and 11 p.m., and Sunday, October 2, at 5 a.m.)
10 p.m. After Words. CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger interviews Jim Lehrer, author of Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates from Kennedy-Nixon to McCain-Obama (Random House, $26, 9781400069170), who shares how he developed his debate questions and kept them secret. (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday at 12 a.m.)
11 p.m. Joe McGinniss, author of The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin (Crown, $25, 9780307718921), discusses Palin's family background, her tenure as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and as governor of the state, and her social and political beliefs. (Re-airs Sunday at 9:15 a.m. and 8 p.m.)
Sunday, September 25
11 a.m. Richard Brookhiser discusses his book James Madison (Basic Books, $26.99, 9780465019830). (Re-airs Monday at 7 a.m., Saturday, October 1, at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 2, at 4 a.m.)
1 p.m. Book TV's live coverage of the 11th annual National Book Festival continues. Featured authors include Siddhartha Mukherjee and David McCullough. (Re-airs Monday at 1 a.m.)