This Weekend on Book TV: Inventing George Washington

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 this weekend 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, April 23

1:15 p.m. Jennet Conant, author of A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS (S&S, $28, 9781439163528), recounts the couple's experiences in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and the early stages of the Cold War. (Re-airs Sunday at 8:15 p.m.)

5 p.m. At an event hosted by the Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, Mass., Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) (University of California Press, $26.95, 9780520258822), argues for changes in the ways people sort and receive information online.

7 p.m. Robert Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley, chronicles the path to publication of The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume One (University of California Press, $34.95, 9780520267190). (Re-airs Sunday at 2 p.m.)

8:30 p.m. Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr. talks about his book Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined with Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale (Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99, 9780312592806).
10 p.m. After Words. Peter Henriques interviews Edward Lengel, author of Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory (Harper, $25.99, 9780061662584). (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.)

11 p.m. Sarah Vowell, author of Unfamiliar Fishes (Riverhead, $25.95, 9781594487873), examines the Americanization of Hawaii that began with the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820. (Re-airs Sunday at 1 p.m.)

Sunday, April 24

7 p.m. Howard Schultz, author of Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul (Rodale, $25.99, 9781605292885), recounts his return as company chairman and CEO in 2008 after an eight year absence.  

10 p.m. James Carroll, author of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9780547195612), discusses the history of the city, as well as the religious fervor and conflicts it has inspired.      


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