After Words

After Words is an American television series on the C-SPAN2 network's weekend programming schedule known as Book TV. The program is an hour-long talk show, each week featuring an interview with the author of a new nonfiction book. The program has no regular host. Instead, each author is paired with a guest host who is familiar with the author or the subject matter of their book.[1]

After Words
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GenreTalk show
Country of originUnited States
Original networkC-SPAN2
Original releaseJanuary 2, 2005 –
Related showsBooknotes
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The program airs on Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time, with encores on Sunday at 12 p.m. and at 9 p.m., and Monday at 12 a.m.[2]


After Words debuted on January 2, 2005, with Norman J. Ornstein from the American Enterprise Institute interviewing Newt Gingrich about his book Winning the Future.[1][3] As of December 2010, After Words has produced more than 260 hours of programming.[4]

Noteworthy authors and guest hosts who have appeared on the program include: Jimmy Carter, interviewed by Douglas Brinkley;[5] Bob Dole, interviewed by Rick Atkinson;[6] Andrea Mitchell interviewed by S. Robert Lichter[7] and Simon Schama interviewed by Edna Medford.[8]

Show formatEdit

The program is an hour-long author interview-based talk show, focusing on non-fiction writers, with different participants each week.[3] On each program an author is interviewed about their book by a guest host who is an expert on the topic of the book. The goal of this format, as stated by C-SPAN, is to put a "different spin" on the usual format of author interview programs.[1] After Words is now a weekly part of Book TV's schedule, along with History on Book TV, Book Parties and Festivals, Public Lives and Encore Booknotes.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Jim Milliot (10 January 2005). "BookTV Eyes More Original Programming". Publishers Weekly.
  2. ^ "After Words". C-SPAN. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b Tony Biffle (5 December 2004). "The Last Author Of One Last Book For One Final Hour". The Sun Herald.
  4. ^ "C-SPAN Milestones". C-SPAN. Archived from the original on 9 December 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  5. ^ "After Words with Jimmy Carter". C-SPAN Video Library. C-SPAN. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  6. ^ "After Words with Bob Dole". C-SPAN Video Library. C-SPAN. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  7. ^ "After Words with Andrea Mitchell". C-SPAN Video Library. C-SPAN. 14 September 2005. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  8. ^ "After Words with Simon Schama". C-SPAN Video Library. C-SPAN. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  9. ^ Kyle Brazzel (25 October 2005). "Book bus finds story of Bates worth stop". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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