Book TV airs on C-Span 2 this Memorial Day weekend from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Tuesday 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, May 23
1 p.m. Thomas Buergenthal, the American judge at the International Court of Justice in the Hague (Little, Brown, $24.99, 9780316043403/0316043400), talks about his book, A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy. (Re-airs Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 a.m.)
6 p.m. Encore Booknotes. For a program that first aired in 2002, Linda Greenlaw, author of The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island (Hyperion, $13.95, 9780786885916/0786885912), recounted her experience as the captain of her own lobster boat, the Mattie Belle.
7 p.m. Randy Charles Epping, author of The 21st Century Economy: A Beginner's Guide (Vintage, $14.95, 9780307387905/0307387909), discusses surviving the global marketplace and downturn. (Re-airs Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
10 p.m. After Words. Sara Nelson interviews Elaine Showalter, author of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (Knopf, $30, 9781400041237/1400041236). (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m., Monday at 12 a.m., and Sunday, May 31, at 12 p.m.)
Sunday, May 24
10 a.m. Quinn Bradlee, author of A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures (PublicAffairs, $24.95, 9781586481896/1586481894), discusses the challenge of being disabled while growing up among the Washington elite. (Re-airs Sunday at 10 p.m.)
2:30 p.m. David Bollier, author of Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (New Press, $26.95, 9781595583963/1595583963), profiles the key players who envision a digital republic. (Re-airs Monday at 3 a.m.)
Monday, May 25
2:30 p.m. Matthew Algeo, author of Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip (Chicago Review Press, $24.95, 9781556527777/1556527772), retraces Truman's 1953 road trip without Secret Service protection. (Re-airs Tuesday at 2:30 a.m., Sunday, June 14, at 10 p.m. and Monday, June 15, at 7 a.m.)
4:45 p.m. For an event hosted by Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C., Richard Nisbett, author of Intelligence and How to Get It (Norton, $26.95, 9780393065053/0393065057), contends that cultural background is the greatest influence on potential intelligence. (Re-airs Tuesday at 4:45 a.m.)
5:45 p.m. T.J. Stiles discusses his book, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Knopf, $37.50, 9780375415425/0375415424). (Re-airs Tuesday at 5:45 a.m., Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. and Monday, June 1, at 1 a.m.)
7 p.m. P.W. Singer, author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Penguin, $29.95, 9781594201981/1594201986), talks about the rise of robotic warfare. (Re-airs Tuesday at 7 a.m.)