Live & On-Site: C-SPAN’s Book TV partners with the Library of Congress to bring the 2023 National Book Festival to a national television audience.

As an original supporter of the National Book Festival, C-SPAN’s Book TV is contributing the following for this year’s event – held on Saturday, August 12, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center:
• live coverage of author interviews and panel discussions.
• lengthy live call-in interviews with nonfiction authors on location from the grand lobby.
• 20,000 totes promoting both the Library of Congress and C-SPAN’s Book TV available to Festivalgoers.
• public access to its video coverage via C-SPAN’s online archives at

C-SPAN’s Book TV has been providing live, in-depth, uninterrupted coverage of the National Book Festival – and partnering with the Library of Coverage on promotion – since the event began on September 8, 2001.

Book TV’s LIVE coverage has taken C-SPAN’s audience to the Festival’s various venues – U.S. Capitol grounds (2001), a vast tent city on the National Mall (2002-2013), an expo-style event in the Washington Convention Center (2014-2019), a virtual event during the pandemic (2020-2021), and back to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (2022).

Book TV’s extensive 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. And the celebration of C-SPAN’s 25 years of Book TV will launch from this year’s festival.

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 am ET or online anytime at Use that website as well to connect with Book TV via social media and the email newsletter.

About C-SPAN:
C-SPAN, the public affairs network providing Americans with unfiltered access to congressional proceedings, was created in 1979 as a public service by the cable television industry and is now funded through fees paid by cable and satellite companies that provide C-SPAN programming. C-SPAN connects with millions of Americans through its three commercial-free TV networks, C-SPAN Radio, C-SPAN Podcasts, the C-SPAN Now app, and various social media platforms.

The network’s video-rich website contains over 270,000 hours of searchable and shareable content. Engage with C-SPAN on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and stay connected through weekly and daily newsletters. 

Full 2023 National Book Festival Book TV Coverage Schedule, Saturday Aug. 12
9amET Interview Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

9:30am Authors Panel: Accidental Spies
Authors: John Lisle “The Dirty Tricks Department“;
Janet Wallach “Flirting with Danger
Moderator: CBS’s Jeff Pegues

10:30am Interview Author R.K. Russell, “The Yards Between Us”

10:45am Authors Panel: Environmental Awakening vs. Climate Change
Authors: Douglas Brinkley “Silent Spring Revolution“;
David Lipsky “The Parrot and the Igloo
Moderator: Jenn White of NPR

11:45 Interview: Charles “Cully” Stimson, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation
“Rogue Prosecutors: How Radical Soros Lawyers Are Destroying America’s Communities.”

12pm Author Talk: Sports and Culture
Author: R.K. Russell, “Yards Between Us
Moderator: LZ Granderson of the LA Times

12:45pm Interview, David Rubenstein

1pm Author Panel: Escaping Genocide and Human Trafficking
Authors: Tahir Hamut Izgil, “Waiting to Be Arrested at Night“;
Saket Soni, “The Great Escape
Moderator: Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian

2:20pm Interview Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

3:15pm Interview with Chasten Buttigieg, “I Have Something to Tell You

3:30pm Author Panel – Behind the Scenes with Black Writers
Authors Camille Dungy and Tiphanie Yanique
Moderator: Author Jericho Brown

4:30pm Joan Biskupic, “Nine Black Robes

4:45pm Author Panel – Dig In: What Food Says About Us
Authors Cheuk Kwan and Anya von Bremzen
Moderator: Wash. Post Food Writer Daniela Galarza

For more information

National Book Festival Presents

The Library of Congress National Book Festival now includes the year-round series of events – National Book Festival Presents – featuring high-caliber authors, their books and corresponding Library treasures. For more literary programs and book-related events, visit the poetry and literature events calendar.

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