Can Book Talk Shows Succeed as Infotainment?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka


By Mark Garcia-Prats

As discussed in today’s lead article about French literary talk shows, the quality there is high but is anybody watching? Could more be done to turn literary talk shows into infotainment or “destination programs” (“the kind you look forward to or at least Tivo”) for the mass market, without spoiling the potential for meaningful literary discussion? Or will shows such as these always be seen as important only for their preservation of cultural values, however unpopular, and relegated to the late night or odd hours of TV programming? Are they noble or merely quixotic?

Read Vanina Marsot’s article and tell us what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.