“Well Read,” a Seattle-based books and authors interview show that airs in 83 percent of the television markets in the U.S., launches its fourth season next week. The new season kicks off with public radio personality Tavis Smiley discussing his new book “Death of a King,” the story of the last year in Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, followed by upcoming interviews with Jodi Picoult, Jane Smiley, James McBride, Marlon James, David Mitchell, Louise Penny, Anne Lamott, William Gibson and many others.
“Well Read” recently reached a milestone by taping its 100th episode. It has forged new partnerships with two of the country’s most respected literary organizations – the American Library Association and the American Booksellers’ Association, which will provide enhanced content both for viewers of the television show and for visitors to the new web site, WellRead.org.
Well Read is hosted by Terry Tazioli, former Seattle Times editor and veteran television journalist. Mary Ann Gwinn (that’s me) is the co-host – I’m the Seattle Times book editor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and board member of the National Book Critics Circle. Terry interviews the author, and I follow up with reading recommendations.
Well Read is distributed nationally by American Public Television, airing each week on public television’s WORLD channel. Locally, you can see it on TVW, Washington state’s public affairs network, at 7 and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays (Comcast channel 23) , with repeats throughout the week. UWTV (Comcast channel 27) airs “Well Read” at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. on Fridays.