C-Span Today!: Codrescu AND Book Club

Yes, you'll want to clear your calendar for Satuday February 18 for an afternoon of riveting viewing on C-Span 2's BookTV. FOCL submitted information about the ALA President's program featuring the much talked-about "mugging" of Michael Gorman by Andrei Codrescu who pulled Cuba out from behind his back and used it, iron-skillet style, to clobber and stun not only Gorman, but those in attendance.

But, never mind that. The real excitement comes before that, at 2pm CST, when the Bloomington (IL) Public Library Books & Bites non-fiction bookclub struts its stuff in a recorded discussion of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel & Dimed. While I did not attend, it was widely reported that the discussion got a little racy!

I hope to have a drinking game ready for this double-header. Stay tuned!

Update: 02/18 17:55 GMT by B :steve fesenmaier pointed out either the schedule changed or we got it wrong, BookTV says Codrescu is on today at 5:45 eastern. I just checked my TV and that's what's listed.


I think there will be an encore performance tomorrow (Sunday). I've been trying to verify but all those librarians are crashing C-Span's server, rendering th BookTV schedule unavailable. They got Michael Gorman's name wrong in the listing I saw yesterday. It was listed as "John", as it was in the captioning on the show today. They also published an incorrect title for one of Andrei's books.

If it is re-run tomorrow, I encourage you to watch it. I think Dr. Gorman did himself a large disservice by claiming to have been "mugged." He really did an admirable job rolling with the change in agenda, and I thought, was pretty gracious. And, stepping away from my role as an ALA governance figure, I give props to Andrei for his rascally coup.

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