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Dr. Hayden being interviewed on C-SPAN's Book TV during the 2022 National Book Festival. Photo credit: Shawn Miller

C-SPAN’s Book TV to Spotlight Nonfiction Voices at the National Book Festival

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C-SPAN’s Book TV is once again joining with the Library of Congress to bring the National Book Festival to a national television audience with live coverage on site Aug. 12.

As an original supporter of the National Book Festival, C-SPAN2’s Book TV is excited to offer a full day of coverage at this year’s festival, including:

  • Live coverage of author interviews and panel discussions.
  • Live interviews with nonfiction authors onsite at the festival.
  • Free C-SPAN totes for festival attendees.
  • Public access to video coverage on

C-SPAN’s Book TV has been providing live, in-depth, uninterrupted coverage of the National Book Festival since its inception in 2001 and has followed the festival to various venues, including the U.S. Capitol grounds, the National Mall, online during the pandemic and now the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

2023 National Book Festival on C-SPAN 2 Book TV

9 a.m.: Book TV interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

9:30 a.m.: Accidental Spies: The Scientist and the Socialite Featuring John Lisle, author of “The Dirty Tricks Department” and Janet Wallach, author of “Flirting with Danger.” Moderated by CBS’ Jeff Pegues.

10:30 a.m.: Book TV interview with R.K. Russell, author of “The Yards Between Us”

10:45 a.m.: History is Heating Up: Environmental Awakening vs. Climate Change Denial Featuring Douglas Brinkley, author of “Silent Spring Revolution” and David Lipsky, author of “The Parrot and the Igloo.” Moderated by Jenn White from WAMU and NPR’s 1A.

12 p.m.: Yards Between Us: Sports and American Culture with R.K. Russell Moderated by sports journalist LZ Granderson.

12:45 p.m.: Book TV interview with National Book Festival co-chair and moderator David M. Rubenstein

1 p.m.: Records of Survival: Escaping Genocide and Human Trafficking Featuring Tahir Hamut Izgil, author of “Waiting to Be Arrested at Night” and Saket Soni, author of “The Great Escape.” Moderated by The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian.

2:20 p.m.: Book TV interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

3:15 p.m.: Book TV interview with Chasten Buttigieg, author of “I Have Something to Tell You”

3:30 p.m.: Behind the Scenes with Black Writers
“How We Do It: Black Writers on Craft, Practice and Skill External,” edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, is an anthology in which Black writers explore how they approach the creative process. Contributors Camille T. Dungy and Tiphanie Yanique join Brown at this event.

4:45 p.m.: Dig In: What Food Says About Us
Featuring Cheuk Kwan, author of “Have You Eaten Yet: Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World,” and Anya von Bremzen, author of “National Dish: Around the World in Search of Food, History and the Meaning of Home.” Moderated by The Washington Post’s Daniela Galarza.

About Book TV
Book TV – Sundays on C-SPAN2 – is the only television service dedicated to nonfiction books. Book TV features programming on a rich variety of topics, such as history, biography, politics, current events, the media and more. Watch author interviews, book readings and coverage of the nation’s largest book fairs. Every Sunday on C-SPAN2 starting 8 a.m. ET or online anytime at Use that website as well to connect with Book TV via social media and the email newsletter.

Book TV’s coverage of nonfiction authors appearing at the National Book Festival kicks off the network’s coverage of book fairs held throughout the country in the fall. The celebration of C-SPAN’s 25th anniversary of Book TV will launch from this year’s festival.

Comments (4)

  1. I won’t be able to attend on the 12th. Will the sessions be available later ? HATE to miss anything. It’s always a spectacular lineup.


    • Thanks very much for your interest! Yes, every single festival session will be available on demand in the weeks following the festival. Plus, a few stages will be livestreamed on on Aug. 12.

  2. Hello!
    I want to know how can I Get my Nonfiction Books involved?

    • The Library of Congress National Book Festival accepts nominations of authors with new books via the author nomination form (submissions accepted from publishing professionals only). We encourage you to take our survey during the Festival to provide input on what you want to see in future years.

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