“Book It” Talk Show Lets Readers Interact with Authors, Celebs

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Publishing Perspectives

Alan Goldsher, author of numerous books — including Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion (Simon and Schuster), Hard Bop Academy: The Side Men of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (Hal Leonard), and Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read (St. Martin’s Griffin) — has launched a new “interactive” online talk show called “Book It” that will allow participants to interact with authors and celebrities. The technology behind the show is powered by technology by Shindig.com, a NYC based start up launched in 2009 whose proprietary technology allows users to give an online reading, talk, or interview in front of an online group

Virtual listeners will be allowed to participate as a live audience by asking questions to the author during a Q&A session. But like a physical event, seating is limited to the first 1,000 who register on line, and viewers must register for each show

The show launches this Thursday, September 6th, and will run on Thursdays (not every week – check online for the schedule), through January 2013. Among the guests who are scheduled to appear on the show are actor/comedian Kevin Pollack, actor Illeana Douglas, writer Joel Stein, Adam Mansbach (Go the F**k to Sleep from Akashic Books), Ned Vizzini (The Other Normals from Balzer + Bray), and Jonathan Maberry (Flesh and Bone (Rot and Ruin) from Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers).

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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.