1. Headline
  1. Headline
updated 8/10/2004 4:02:34 PM ET 2004-08-10T20:02:34

After talking with 800 authors, Brian Lamb will close the book on “Booknotes,” his weekly C-SPAN interview series. The final broadcast will be Dec. 5, the network announced Tuesday.

  1. More Entertainment stories
    1. Autistic ballerina dances her way into hearts

      In a popular YouTube video, the beaming little ballerina dances an entire four-minute routine seemingly perfectly, matchin...

    2. Every on-screen drink in 'Mad Men' in 5 minutes
    3. See the 'Dancing' stars' most memorable moves
    4. Emmy's biggest snubs? Cranston, Hamm, more
    5. 'Toy Story' toys burn up in prank on mom

Lamb, the series host and C-SPAN chairman, hasn’t run out of books. But after 15½ years, he’s ready to free up the time it takes to prepare for each program.

“When you add it all up, I’ve committed about 1.8 years of my life to reading books for the series,” he said. “It’s time to use all those hours in other ways.”

One way will be Lamb’s new venture, a broader-based interview series debuting Dec. 12 in the old “Booknotes” time slots (Sunday, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET). Titled “Q & A,” its guests will come from politics, science, history, medicine — and occasionally will include authors.

“We’ll look for different but topical issues and people that aren’t being seen and heard elsewhere on TV,” Lamb said.

The first edition of “Booknotes” aired on April 2, 1989, featuring Zbigniew Brzezinski on his book “Grand Failure.” Since then, hundreds of nonfiction writers have sat down with Lamb to discuss their work, including such world leaders as Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, George H.W. Bush, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Among the series’ distinctive touches: Authors could appear only once in their writing career, even if later books were big best sellers.

“Booknotes” will live on via the Internet, with all 800 interviews archived online with searchable video and transcripts, the network said. Encore “Booknotes” airings will continue on C-SPAN2 Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.

© 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

More on TODAY.com

  1. Courtesy of Karen Adell Scot

    Transgender teacher reveals joy, heartbreak of new life as a woman

    12/17/2014 2:58:41 PM +00:00 2014-12-17T14:58:41
  1. AFP-Getty Images file

    Prince William dares to call Kate's dream hair a 'nightmare'

    12/17/2014 5:34:33 PM +00:00 2014-12-17T17:34:33
  1. Handout / Reuters

    'Glorious day': Freed American Alan Gross says it's good to be home

    12/17/2014 7:35:11 PM +00:00 2014-12-17T19:35:11
  1. Matt Murray (Nbcuniversal)

    The Royals or Jennifer Lawrence? Vote for the best photobomb of 2014

    12/17/2014 7:35:46 PM +00:00 2014-12-17T19:35:46