PBS Book View Now to Live Stream 2 Days of Author Interviews at AWP Conference and Book Fair 2016 April 1-2

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Contact: Della Cassia 248-305-3770
Monday, March 28. 2016

PBS Book View Now to Live Stream 2 Days of Author Interviews

at AWP Conference and Book Fair 2016 April 1-2


Coverage made possible by a Partnership With Wyncote Foundation and AWP

Los Angeles, March 28, 2016 – For two days, Friday and Saturday April 1-2, PBS audiences across the country can tune into interviews with dozens of leading writers, poets and literary celebrities as part of Book View Now’s coverage of the AWP Conference and Bookfair, held this year in Los Angeles.


The AWP Conference & Bookfair is now the largest literary conference in North American, with more than 12,000 attendees and more than 2,000 presenters—a mix of writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers—converging this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center.


PBS Book View Now will host interviews from its set on the busy AWP Conference floor with some of the most successful and popular writers in America. Writers appearing during the Book View Now livestream include Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist), Cheryl Strayed (Wild), Jess Walter (Beautiful Ruins), Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn etc.), Helen MacDonald (H is for Hawk) and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, among many others.  See full schedule below.


AWP live stream presentation spans two full days of author interviews and features covering every genre and category. Coverage livestream hours on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 airs from 1-6 pm EST / 10 am – 3 pm PST.


Live stream coverage will be available online via PBS.org and at www.BookViewNow.org.


Coverage will be produced by Detroit Public Television (DPTV) for PBS and made possible thanks to the support of the Wyncote Foundation and AWP. The coverage will be hosted by Book View Now host Rich Fahle.


Coverage can also be found on select PBS station websites. In addition, all segments will be archived and available for on-demand viewing on PBS.org, PBS station websites and all PBS video apps, including iPhone, iPad, Xbox, Roku and Apple TV, as well as YouTube. 


PBS Book View Now is a wonderful new addition to our growing conference,” noted Executive Director David Fenza. “We are thrilled that AWP’s conference continues to grow in size and stature, allowing us to showcase such a diverse gathering of wonderful writers, editors, publishers, teachers, and literary arts professionals.”


“We are proud to share with PBS audiences throughout the country this impressive gathering of writers at AWP,” said Rich Homberg, DPTV’s President and CEO. “Books and literature have a strong affinity with the PBS audience, and these are the writers and books that drive the conversations and enrich the lives of our viewers. We’re excited by the partnership and thank our supporters at Wyncote Foundation.”



FRIDAY, APRIL 1  - All times Pacific Time


10:00 AM        David Fenza, Exec. Director, AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs)

10:15 AM        Patricia Engel, The Veins of the Ocean

10:30 AM        Amber Tamblyn, Dark Sparkler

10:45 AM        Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to

11:00 AM        Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World with Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus

11:15 AM        Ada Limon, Bright Dead Things

11:30 AM        Amy Wilentz, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti

11:45 AM        Brian Castner, All Ways We Kill and Die with Phil Klay, Redeployment

12:15 PM         TBD

12:30 PM         Cheryl Strayed, Wild

12:45 PM         Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

1:00 PM           Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

1:15 PM           Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

1:30 PM           Mitchell Jackson, The Residue Years

2:00 PM           Kelly Link, Get in Trouble

2:15 PM           Emily St. John Mandel, Station

2:30 PM           Ruth Ozeki, A Tale For the Time Being

2:45 PM           Susan Orlean, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend


SATURDAY, APRIL 2 - All times Pacific Time


10:00 AM        Jonathan Lethem, Lucky Alan: and Other Stories and Dissident

10:15 AM        TBD

10:30 AM        Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

10:45 AM        Megan Kruse, Call Me Home

11:00 AM        Jennifer Gilmore, The Mothers, We Were Never Here

11:15 AM        Brian Evenson, A Collapse of Horses

11:30 AM        Paul Lisicky, The Narrow Door

11:45 AM        Jonny Diamond, Editor in Chief, Literary Hub

12:00 PM         Edward Hirsh, Gabriel: A Poem

12:15 PM         Gregory Pardlo, Digest

12:30 PM         Reginald Dwayne Betts, Bastards of the Reagan Era

1:00 PM           Mary Norris, Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

1:15 PM           Matt Bell, Scrapper

1:30 PM           TBD

1:45 PM           Laura Kasischke, Mind of Winter and The Infinitesimals

2:00 PM           Juan Felipe Hererra, United States Poet Laureate, Notes on the Assemblage

2:15 PM           Kirstin Valdez Quade, Night at the Fiestas

2:30 PM           Alex Gilvarry, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant

2:45 PM           Helen McDonald, H Is For Hawk



About AWP

The mission of AWP is to foster literary achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing. Founded in1967, AWP supports nearly 50,000 writers, over 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers.


About the Wyncote Foundation:

The Wyncote Foundation was founded in 2009 with funds from the Otto and Phoebe Haas Charitable Trusts, at the direction of John C. Haas. Its mission is to support efforts that strengthen and enrich culture, community and the natural environment.


About PBS Book View Now

Book View Now on PBS provides coverage of literary festivals, fairs, and major literary events across the country, celebrating books, writers, and the love of reading to public media viewers and listeners. From live events to author and book highlights, bookviewnow.org uses multimedia channels to connect you with the written word. Book View Now is produced by Detroit Public Television for PBS, and provides coverage of major events including The Miami Book Fair, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The Library of Congress National Book Festival, Book Expo America, BookCon, AWP Conference and Bookfair, and other events and special features. Book View Now coverage can be found at BookViewNow.org and PBS.org, on select PBS station websites and all PBS video apps, including iPhone, iPad, Xbox, Roku and Apple TV, as well as YouTube. 


About PBS

PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS PressRoom on Twitter.


About Detroit Public Television:

Detroit Public Television (DPTV)-WTVS-TV is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation's 11th largest television market, with 1.5 million weekly viewers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million weekly viewers across Canada. DPTV is a leader in programming related to health and the environment, public affairs, arts and culture and children. It is also a leading national producer and distributor of programming for Public Television, and winner of a 2012 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, as well as the only dual PBS licensee / entertainment label in the country, operating as DPTV Media.  For more information, visit www.dptv.org




Rich Fahle, Book View Now Exec Producer, 734-355-4364, rfahle@me.com

Della Cassia, Detroit Public Television, 248-320-5680, dcassia@dptv.org




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