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, March 14
8 a.m. For an event at Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C., Thomas Ricks, author of The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 (Penguin, $27.95, 9781594201974/1594201978), discusses the change in U.S. military strategy and the people responsible for it. (Re-airs Saturday at 9 p.m.)
11 a.m. Coverage of events at the 2009 Key West Literary Seminar continues through the afternoon. Among the writers featured are Jane Kamensky, Jill Lepore, Eric Foner, Barry Unsworth and Gore Vidal.
3:45 p.m. Gholam Reza Afkhami, author of The Life and Times of the Shah (University of California Press, $34.95, 9780520253285/0520253280), talks about his biography of the Shah of Iran. (Re-airs Monday at 5:30 a.m.)
6 p.m. Encore Book Notes. In a segment that first aired in 1997, Jill Krementz discussed her book, The Writer's Desk, a collection of photographs of authors at work.
8:15 p.m. For an event hosted by Octavia Books, New Orleans, La., Dan Baum, author of Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans (Spiegel & Grau, $26, 9780385523196/038552319X), chronicles the lives of nine people who have lived in the city since Hurricane Betsy hit in 1965. (Re-airs Sunday at 9:15 a.m.)
10 p.m. After Words. Michelle Easton interviews Ann Coulter, author of Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America (Crown Forum, $27.95, 9780307353467/030735346X). Coulter contends that liberals engage in political bullying. (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m., Monday at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m., and Sunday, March 22, at 12 p.m.)
Sunday, March 15
8 a.m. Fred Kaplan, author of Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer (Harper, $27.95, 9780060773342/0060773340), examines Lincoln's writing and how it defined him as president. (Re-airs Saturday, March 21, at 3:30 p.m.)
11 p.m. For an event hosted by Back Pages Books, Waltham, Mass., Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, co-authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story (City Lights, $18.95, 9780872864948), offer first-hand accounts of the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan during the late 1970s and the 1980s. (Re-airs Monday at 7 a.m.)