Just in case anyone wonders at the ordering of books in the monstrously large C-SPAN roundups, it is strictly first come first serve. This list is more or less in the order of the program guide whenever the first time the author appears. For example, that’s why Ralph Nader is at the very bottom – his program runs Sunday and no other author appears for the first time after him.
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On the July 29th, actress Pam Grier was a guest on Tavis Smiley. She is known primarily for her work in the seminal blaxploitation movies of the 1970′s. Her new book is a memoir of those unique times in American cinema and her personal life and relationships through them.
On the July 28th episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Craig interviewed actress and author Carrie Fisher. Fisher is well known as the iconic Princess Leia in the Star Wars films and as the author of a number of comic novels based around the Hollywood she well knows. Her newest book is a memoir of her experiences behind the scenes for the making of the Star Wars and the cultural phenomenon that it ushered in and that continues to this day.
On July 28th, Robert O’Connell was a guest onThe Daily Show With Jon Stewart. O’Connell was an analyst at the National Ground Intelligence Center and has recently been a visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. His new book is an examination Carthage’s triumph over Rome at Cannae in 216 B.C.
On the July 27th episode of the Wendy Williams Show Wendy interviewed weatherman and television personality Al Roker. Roker has written a television themed mystery novel, with another one due out this fall.
On the July 27th episode of Today on NBC they featured best-selling author Carl Hiaasen. He began his career as a journalist and still works for the Miami Herald. His comic novels are known for focusing on his home state of Florida, tend ingto focus on environmental issues and his new novel is no exception.
In keeping with the desire to also find author based local programming to blog about (there must be embeddable video for the rest of us), I continue hunting for such sources. Just this morning I found Book Studio from WETA in Washington DC. To be honest, I can’t tell if this airs or not but they do have videos online with interesting authors. I just heard an interview with author Gina Welch on the Skepticality podcast and that interview led me to her site, and to Book Studio’s. I’ll be adding it to the regular rotation of shows/sites I blog about, but for now there is a rich backlog of author interviews to mine. On slow days when most TV shows are on reruns (not uncommon in the middle of summer), I might go back and blog older interviews from this series. For now, I’ll write about the interview that led me to the site.
On the May 20th episode of Book Studio, host Bethanne Patrick interviewed teacher and author Gina Welch. Welch’s new book is an examination of Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church in Virginia, written about two years she spent as a member of that congregation.
On the July 26th episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen interviewed editor, broadcaster and author Hephzibah Anderson. Her new book is a chronicle of her experience of swearing off sex for a year and the effects that had on her life and her interpersonal relationships.
On the July 26 episode of Charlie Rose, he interviewed the editor of The New Yorker and author David Remnick. Recently he has published a pair of books. One is a collection he edited of sportswriting from the pages of The New Yorker. The other is his examination of the ascendancy of Barack Obama from Illinois state senator to President of the United States in a single decade.
On the July 26th, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart returned from a few weeks of reruns with guest William Rosen. Rosen was an editor and publisher at several of the large New York publishers, and now is concentrating his time as a full-time author. His newest book is an examination of how steam power helped usher in industrialization and changed the world of technology.
On the July 25 episode of FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was on a panel to debate with former DNC chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean. Speaker Gingrich’s newest non-fiction book (he also writes novels) lays out his vision of where he thinks American politics should change in 2010.
On the July 25th edition of Face the Nation, panelists included professor Cornel West and journalist John Fund. Dr West’s new book is a memoir of his path through being a young man involved in the civil rights movement in Sacramento CA through being one of the nation’s leading thinkers on race matters. Mr. Fund’s new book is an examination of voter fraud in the United States.
On the July 23 the final episode of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross will air. On of his guests on this finale was soccer (aka football) star David Beckham. Late last year he published an autobiography about his rise from the streets of Chingford England to the top of the sports world.
On the July 23, 2010 episode of Tavis Smiley, one of the interview guests was financial fraud investigator Harry Markopolos. He is primarily known as the person who blew the whistle on the Bernie Madoff scandal. His book is an account of the Madoff fraud affair and his role in investigating it.
On the July 23, 2010 episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Wendy interviewed psychologist and author Laurie Ann Levin. Her newest book is an examination of the intersection of psychology and spirituality and how the two can be combined for healing.
Kathy Griffin is the test case for some of the posting rules on this site. She has a new book out and is a frequent guest on a wide variety of shows. In the short life of this project, this will be her fourth post. However, it’s been more than a week since the last one and as long as that holds and her book is less than a year old, I’ll keep at it.
On the July 22nd episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Wendy had as a guest comedian and author Kathy Griffin. Her new book is a show business memoir and is full of her trademark gossipy humor.
On the July 23rd episode of The View, two of the guests were comedians Chonda Pierce and Susie Essman. The two are pretty much the polar opposites, Chonda being a squeaky clean Christian and Susie being known for her foul mouth from her character on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Chonda Pierce’s newest book is a reminisce of a period of depression and the ways in which she was able to work through the pain into a healthier state. Susie Essman’s new book is her memoir of how she was able to transform herself from a shy anxiety-ridden young comedian into the brash powerhouse she is today.
On the July 22nd episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah talked with the former First Lady of South Carolina Jenny Sanford. Ms. Sanford’s book is a memoir of her time married to politician Mark Sanford through a present that includes his recent sex scandal and how that impacted her and her family.