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Weekend CSPAN features programs for writers

While most CSPAN weekend programming focuses on history and politics, other authors and books of interest to writers are often featured. (Remember that all times are Eastern Standard.) Last week’s Joy of Reading campaign spurred many readers and writers to reflect on their own joy of reading and its impact on their lives. On Saturday, tomorrow, at 2:00 pm (eastern) you can watch an interview with Michael Dirda as he talks about his book Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life.

For you night owls, you’ll find two more during late Sunday night and the wee hours of Monday morning. Today’s writers are finding gold in the information age, so Cass Sunstein’s discussion on how politicians and companies use open-source software and internet-based techniques to make better decisions. Sunstein is the author of Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge. With Google once more in the news, check out the talk given by David Vise, co-author of The Google Story” given during the 2006 Annapolis Book Festival on The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media Technology Success of our Time Vise discusses the impact of the Google search engine on the internet and details the company’s plan for the future.

Read on for more details or go straight to BookTV for the rest of CSPAN’s weekend schedule. Print this page as a reminder.

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On Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 pm (eastern)
Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life
Michael Dirda
Description: Washington Post Book World Senior Editor Michael Dirda reads excerpts from his book, a collection of favorite quotations and passages. Reading from authors such as Isaiah Berlin, P.G. Wodehouse, Dr. Seuss and Simone Weil, Mr. Dirda argues that wit and wisdom from books can inform and enrich one’s life. The Woman’s National Democratic Club and the English Speaking Union co-hosted this event.

Author Bio: Michael Dirda is a writer and senior editor for The Washington Post Book World where his reviews or essays appear weekly. Mr. Dirda taught world literature at American University and George Mason University and worked as a free-lance writer, translator and editor before joining Book World in 1978. He has contributed essays, profiles and reviews to a variety of publications including Smithsonian Magazine, Encarta, Collier’s Encyclopedia Yearbook and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Mr. Dirda received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. He is also the author of “Caring for Your Books.”
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On Monday, October 16 at 12:00 am (eastern)
Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce KnowledgeCass Sunstein Description: Cass Sunstein’s “Infotopia” explores the rise of new ways to share and aggregate information. The author details how politicians and companies use open-source software and internet-based techniques to make better decisions. Mr. Sunstein is joined by George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen and associate professor Robin Hanson to discuss the future of the human potential to pool information. This event was hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.

Author Bio: Cass Sunstein is Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School and the author of “Radicals in Robes,” “Republican.com,” “Why Societies Need Dissent” and “Designing Democracy: What Constitutions Do.” Mr. Sunstein is also a contributing editor at the New Republic and the American Prospect.
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On Monday, October 16 at 5:00 am (eastern)
2006 Annapolis Book Festival
The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media Technology Success of our Time David Vise
Description: From the 2006 Annapolis Book Festival, David Vise discusses the impact of the Google search engine on the internet and details the company’s plan for the future. Mr. Vise co-authored “The Google Story” with Mark Malseed. View Segment

Author Bio: David Vise is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post who writes on Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Time Warner/AOL. He is also the author of “The Bureau and the Mole” and “Sweet Redemption: How Coach Gary Williams and the University of Maryland Terrapins Overcame Death and Despair to Win the NCAA Basketball Championship.” He is also co-author, with Seven Coll, of “Eagle on the Street,” based bon a four-part Pulitzer Prize-winning series about the SEC Chariman John Shad that he wrote for the Post.


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