Book TV airs on C-Span 2 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 6
12 p.m. Stephen Kinzer, author of A Thousand Hills: Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It (Wiley, $25.95, 9780470120156/0470120150), talks about the life of Paul Kagame, the Rwandan rebel leader whose army is credited with ending the genocide in Rwanda in the mid-1990s. (Re-airs Sunday at 4:30 a.m.)
7 p.m. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, author of Big Man on Campus: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education (Touchstone, $26, 9781416557197/1416557199), is the University Professor of Public Service and President Emeritus at George Washington University.
10 p.m. After Words. For an event hosted by Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C., Dana Priest of the Washington Post interviews Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (Doubleday, $27.50, 9780385526395/0385526393). (Re-airs Sunday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 a.m. and Sunday, September 14, at 12 p.m.)
Sunday, September 7
12 p.m. In Depth. Jonathan Karp, who edited all of John McCain's books, and John K. Wilson, author of Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest (Paradigm Publishers, $22.95, 9781594514760/1594514763), join Book TV for a live interview to discuss books written by the presidential candidates. Viewers can participate in the discussion by calling in during the program or e-mailing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Re-airs Monday at 12 a.m. and Saturday, September 13, at 9 a.m.)
8:15 p.m. Joseph Persico, author of Franklin & Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherford, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life (Random House, $28, 9781400064427/1400064422), profiles several women--including FDR's mother and wife--and details his romance with Lucy Mercer-Rutherford.