Books Events Featured on C-SPAN’s Book TV

Posted: October 14, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

If you missed some of the most popular Fall for the Book events, it isn’t too late to catch them in your own living room. Three of the festival events with the largest attendance were taped by Book TV, a part of C-SPAN2, and will be broadcast in the weeks to come.

Each weekend Book TV features 48 hours of nonfiction books from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday. This weekend, Book TV is highlighting two Fall for the Book events. On Saturday, Oct. 15, at 9 p.m., Tim O’Brien discusses and reads an excerpt from his novel-in-stories, “The Things They Carried.” A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, “The Things They Carried” was chosen by New Century College for its Summer Reading Program. The program will be shown again on Monday, Oct. 17, at midnight.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, at 12:20 p.m., the network will be showing the talk by Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner.” The Hosseini event, cosponsored with the Fairfax County Public Library and its All Fairfax Reads program, was by far the most popular Fall for the Book event this year, filling every seat in the Concert Hall. During his talk, Hosseini discusses growing up in Afghanistan and how he came to write the best-selling book.

Pat Conroy, author of “The Prince of Tides” and “Beach Music,” was also taped receiving the inaugural Fall for the Book Award for his contributions to literature. His appearance has not yet been scheduled for broadcast.

Fall for the Book, now in its seventh year, enjoyed its largest attendance to date. Festival director William Miller estimates more than 8,000 people attended events over the eight days in September.

“I think that says something about what we are providing. We are serving the on- and off-campus needs and interests of people for things that are contained in books: ideas, arguments, stories. We have become a great resource for the community.”

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