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Last modified: Wednesday, September 12, 2007

C-SPAN2's Book TV Bus motoring to IU Bloomington on Sept. 21


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Fans of C-SPAN2's Book TV can visit the cable channel's Book TV Bus when it makes a stop at Indiana University Bloomington on Friday, Sept. 21.

The bus, a customized 45-foot long motor coach with a mobile television production studio and media demonstration center on board, will be parked from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south drive bordering the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St.

C-SPAN Book TV Bus

C-SPAN Book TV Bus

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IU Press extended the invitation to C-SPAN to visit the campus, and three of its book authors will be interviewed during the visit, along with another IU professor who also is an author.

"IU Press joins the rest of the campus in welcoming the big yellow Book TV Bus to campus," said Janet Rabinowitch, director of IU Press. "Its visit will provide students, faculty members and the community with a unique opportunity to learn more about Indiana books and authors as they are introduced to a broader audience of readers around the country."

C-SPAN also will present a free public lecture at noon at the IU School of Journalism in the auditorium of Ernie Pyle Hall, Room 220, 940 E. Seventh St., at noon.

The Book TV Bus has been touring the nation since 2005, promoting C-SPAN2's weekend-long programming of non-fiction books and authors, and collecting interesting literary programming from communities around the country. Visitors to the bus will be able to tour the set and watch an interactive demonstration about Book TV programming. The bus also provides an opportunity to learn how a television show is produced.

Book TV's non-commercial programming airs every weekend on C-SPAN2, which is currently available in 77.5 million households.

During the visit, C-SPAN2 will interview:

  • James H. Madison, the Thomas Milton Miller and Kathryn Owens Miller Professor of history and author of Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II (IU Press, 2007).
  • Robert L. Ivie, professor of rhetoric and public culture in the Department of Communication and Culture and author of Dissent from War (Kumarian Press, 2007).
  • Dawn Knight, an English teacher at Westfield High School and author of Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers from the NFL Draft to the Ivory Tower (IU Press, 2007).
  • Jennifer Meta Robinson, director of IU's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, co-author of The Farmers' Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community (IU Press, 2007).

Founded in 1950, IU Press is recognized internationally as a leading academic publisher specializing in the humanities and social sciences. It produces about 140 new books annually, in addition to 30 journals, and maintains a backlist of some 2,000 titles. It is financed primarily by income from sales, supplemented, to a minor extent, by support from IU and by gifts and grants from a variety of outside sources.