Like to catch your favorite authors talking shop on TV and radio but don’t know when they’ll be on? Let us help you with that. We know never to judge a book by its coverage, but starting today we’ll be providing you with a weekly listing of upcoming highlights in book talk. Whether they’re on the couch or in the studio, Talking Books will help you read beyond the lines.


David Alan Grier, Barack Like Me, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC, 12 a.m. EDT)

Sarah Vowell, The Wordy Shipmates, on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT)

A.S. Byatt, The Children’s Book, on The Diane Rehm Show (NPR)


William Kamkwamba, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT)

Alison Gopnik, The Philosophical Baby, on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT)


Colin Beavan, No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process, on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT)


Judy Shepard, The Meaning of Matthew, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Check local listings)

Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked, on Tavis Smiley (PBS, check local listings)