Biographies

About Biographies

Book TV regularly covers author talks on biographies of prominent and historical figures. These can be searched by author name or subject and viewed here.  IN this category, you will also find autobiographies.

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Coming Up on Book TV

"Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce"
Sylvia Jukes Morris

Next air time: Saturday, August 23rd at 11pm (ET)

Archived Programs

Programs shown in this archive cover the past year. To search for programs in earlier years, please use the search functionality above.

"Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space"
Lynn Sherr

Last aired: August 18, 2014

"Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space"
"Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer"
Charles Marsh

Last aired: August 16, 2014

"Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer"
"On My Watch - Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience"
Martha Johnson

Last aired: July 26, 2014

"On My Watch - Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience"
Interview with Hillary Clinton, "Hard Choices"
Hillary Clinton

Last aired: July 19, 2014

Interview with Hillary Clinton, "Hard Choices"
"Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual"
Lauren Coodley

Last aired: June 30, 2014

"Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual"
"I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir"
James Webb

Last aired: June 30, 2014

"I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir"
"Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity"
Kwame Anthony Appiah

Last aired: June 22, 2014

"Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity"
"Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike"
Jared Orsi

Last aired: May 11, 2014

"Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike"
"Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist"
Robert Miraldi

Last aired: March 24, 2014

"Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist"
"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton"
Jonathan Allen; Amie Parnes

Last aired: March 22, 2014

"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton"
"I Am Amelia Earhart" and "I Am Abraham Lincoln"
Brad Meltzer

Last aired: March 16, 2014

"I Am Amelia Earhart" and "I Am Abraham Lincoln"
"Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation"
Cokie Roberts

Last aired: March 8, 2014

"Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation"
"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton"
Jonathan Allen; Amie Parnes

Last aired: February 23, 2014

"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton"
"Willard Garvey: An Epic Life"
Maura McEnaney

Last aired: January 1, 2014

"Willard Garvey: An Epic Life"
"My Beloved World"
Sonia Sotomayor

Last aired: December 28, 2013

"My Beloved World"
"American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell"
Deborah Solomon

Last aired: December 15, 2013

"American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell"
"Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu"
Monique Demery

Last aired: November 30, 2013

"Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu"
15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2009: "The Reagan I Knew"
Brent Bozell; Richard Brookhiser; William F. Buckley; Rich Lowry

Last aired: November 17, 2013

15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2009: "The Reagan I Knew"
"The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard"
Stephen Jimenez

Last aired: October 15, 2013

"The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard"
"Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation"
Robert Wilson

Last aired: October 13, 2013

"Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation"
"Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia"
John Muller

Last aired: September 21, 2013

"Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia"
"Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey From Belief to Atheism"
Jerry DeWitt

Last aired: September 9, 2013

"Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey From Belief to Atheism"
"Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center"
Ray Monk

Last aired: September 2, 2013

"Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center"
"Chinese Girl in the Ghetto"
Ying Ma

Last aired: August 31, 2013

"Chinese Girl in the Ghetto"

Book TV Schedule

Highlights

Book TV at UCLA: Jorja Leap, "Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption"
Jorja Leap

Next air time: Saturday, August 23rd, at 7:30pm (ET)
Approx. 19 min.
Book TV at UCLA: Tim Groseclose, "Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind"
Tim Groseclose

Next air time: Sunday, August 24th, at 1:20pm (ET)
Approx. 19 min.
Book TV at UCLA: Lynn Vavreck, "The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election"
Lynn Vavreck

Next air time: Sunday, August 24th, at 1:40pm (ET)
Approx. 21 min.
2014 Eagle Forum Collegians Leadership Summit: Hans von Spakovsky, "Obama's Enforcer"
Hans von Spakovsky

Next air time: Saturday, August 23rd, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 28 min.
"Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front"
Mark Lee Greenblatt

Next air time: Saturday, August 23rd, at 8pm (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
"A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream"
Eric Liu

Next air time: Saturday, August 23rd, at 9pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce"
Sylvia Jukes Morris

Next air time: Saturday, August 23rd, at 11pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity"
Charles Lewis

Next air time: Sunday, August 24th, at 6:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 4 min.
"The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea"
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Next air time: Sunday, August 24th, at 7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr.
"Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War"
Helen Thorpe

Next air time: Sunday, August 24th, at 10pm (ET)
Approx. 49 min.
"Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies"
Lawrence Goldstone

Next air time: Sunday, August 24th, at 11pm (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
2014 Roosevelt Reading Festival: James Tobin, "The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency"
James Tobin

Next air time: Monday, August 25th, at 2am (ET)
Approx. 56 min.

Also Airing...

Saturday, August 23rd

8am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 35 min.
"Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice"
Sidney Powell
4:30pm (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
"The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union"
Serhii Plokhy
6pm (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
Encore Booknotes: "Buddha's Child: My Fight to Save Vietnam"
Nguyen Cao Ky
8pm (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
"Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front"
Mark Lee Greenblatt
11pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce"
Sylvia Jukes Morris

Sunday, August 24th

2:30am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 1 min.
"What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979–89"
Bruce Riedel
5am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 16 min.
"How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class"
John Hope Bryant
4pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce"
Sylvia Jukes Morris
5:30pm (ET)
Approx. 53 min.
"Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger"
Stephen Grant
6:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 4 min.
"935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity"
Charles Lewis
7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr.
"The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea"
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
10pm (ET)
Approx. 49 min.
"Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War"
Helen Thorpe

Monday, August 25th

7am (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
"West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776"
Claudio Saunt

Upcoming Programs

IN DEPTH

In Depth is Book TV's monthly interview/call-in program with an author featuring his or her body of work.  It's LIVE on the first Sunday of every month.    Mark Levin, Bonnie Morris, Peniel Joseph, Bing West, Luis Rodriguez, Amity Shlaes, Reza Aslan, and Ron Paul are this year's past guests so far.

Sep 7 Mary Frances Berry  www.maryfrancesberry.com
Oct 5  Joan Biskupic www.joanbiskupic.com

You can watch all past In Depths online by using the "Search" function in the upper left hand corner of this website.

EVENT COVERAGE

Here are some events that Book TV will be covering in the coming weeks:

August 21 -  Los Angeles: Four Seasons Hotel, Kenneth Timmerman, Dark Forces

August 21 - Chicago: Union League, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), The Way Forward in conversation with Mitt Romney           

August 30 - Washington, DC:  Walter E. Washington Convention Center, National Book Festival (LIVE)

September 8: - Cambridge, MA: Harvard Bookstore, Edward Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told

September 9 - Asheville, NC: Malaprop's Bookstore, Karen Abbott, Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

September 15 - NYC: Barnes & Noble, Mark Obama Ndesandjo, An Obama's Journey

September 15 - Austin, TX: Bookpeople, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

September 17 - New Canaan, CT: New Canaan Public Library, Ronald Rosbottom, When Paris Went Dark

September 17 - Ridgefield, CT: Ridgefield Library, Todd Brewster, Lincoln's Gamble

September 19 - Memphis: Civil Rights Museum, Tavis Smiley, Death of a King

September 21 - Los Angeles: Four Seasons Hotel, David Horowitz, Take No Prisoners

September 22 - Atlanta: Carter Center, Lawrence Wright, Thirteen Days in September

September 23 - Las Vegas: Mob Museum, Sylvia Longmire, Border Insecurity

September 23 - NYC: Roosevelt House, Jonathan Darman, Landslide

September 25 - Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, William Deresiewicz, Excellent Sheep

September 25 - Berkeley, CA: University of California Berkeley Journalism School, Tom Shroder, Acid Test

September 29 - Philadelphia: Free Library, Henry Kissinger, World Order

September 29 - Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University, Peter Thiel, Zero to One

September 30 - Dallas: The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Joyce King, Exonerated

September 30 - Atlanta: Atlanta History Center, S.C. Gwynne, Rebel Yell

 

 

 

 

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Book TV covers many book festivals each year, many of them LIVE.  In 2014, our festival coverage will include book festivals in Tucson, Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlottesville, New York, Freedom Fest in Vegas, Brooklyn, the Roosevelt Reading Festival in Hyde Park, NY, Harlem Book Festival, the Texas Book Festival and Miami Book Fair International in November.  You can watch those we've already covered online.  Find them using the "Search" button in the upper lefthand corner of this homepage.

For a complete list of upcoming book festivals, click on the BOOK FAIRS tab at the top of the page.