Monday, April 14, 2014

Books du Jour, "Foreign Tongue Twisters," EP#107 04-14-14

EPISODE #107  “Foreign Tongue Twisters” Tonight 04-14-14 at 9:30 pm on LIFE 25

This week’s episode of “Books Du Jour” looks at “transplant” literature.  Andre Aciman, who over the years has become a specialist of squares: Abingdon Square, Strauss Park (which looks like a square) and Harvard Square, his latest novel, reflects on the voice of integration.  Egyptian born, Andre shares through his novel the daily struggle he encounters to define his identity, the acceptance of other precepts and values, be they moral or ethical.

 Born in Sarajevo (Bosnia), Aleksandar Hemon offers a different voice, a voice of authenticity and appropriation even in the face of the corruption of language and past.  His book “The Book of My Lives” is a collection of essays tracing the last twenty years of his life, from his departure from Bosnia and the irrupting war to the present day acceptance of life’s many pluralities.

Though born and raised in the states, Joan Silber’s “Fools” is a collection of short stories, which deals with the lure of foreign countries.  France in this instance, where we meet a cast of drifting American characters, who really are in search of themselves as they try to fill the existential void at the core of their journey.  They are idealists who have to grapple with the failures of their beliefs, the fragility of their political choices and societies’ demands, before they can fully embrace themselves.

Episode was shot at City Winery

The Book Case and Book Case TV Team

Monday, April 7, 2014

Books du Jour, "Fine Legal Boundaries" EP#106, 04-07-14

EPISODE #106  “Fine Legal Boundaries” broadcasting 04-07-14 on LIFE 25 at 9:30 pm.

Although it is not the focus of tonight’s episode, all the authors sharing the same table, Scott Turow, Jean Hanff Korelitz, and Stephan Talty, have had the same share of success with films.


Many of Scott Turow’s books, such as “Presumed Innocent,” have been turned into films, Jean’s “Admission,” was a hit last year with Tina Fey in the lead role, as for Stephan’s “Captain Phillips,” it is still in the theater.

The books discussed maybe works of fiction but their subjects are solidly anchored in reality.  On the eve of the Supreme Court decision to lift off ceiling on corporate contributions, we will talk with Scott Turow and his new book, “Identical,” which deals with the abuse of money used during a mayoral election.

Stephan Talty brings a touch of frigid crispiness from upstate New York with his serial killer, “Hangman,” who continues to spread havoc among the population of Buffalo.


While Jean Hanff Korelitz, in “You Should Have Known” deals with the ironic twist a therapist experiences, when she becomes the victim of circumstances, which force her to swallow the very medicine she prescribed in her bestseller. . .

Episode was shot at City Winery

The Books du jour and Book Case TV team

Monday, March 31, 2014

Books du Jour, "Swimming Gene Pools" EP#105, 03-31-14

Episode #5                        “Swimming Gene Pools”

Broadcasting tonight March 31st, 2014, at 9:30 pm only on LIFE 25

This week on “Books du Jour,” our guests bring some controversy to the table.  Conversations move around such topics as the 10,000-hours theory that could turn an average athlete into a world athlete, unless you have the perfect genetic makeup and can bypass the process.  

 David Epstein, in “The Sports Gene,” addresses this sort of issues in a highly entertaining book.  How much of our genes define our chances to succeed in sports?

David M. Howitt, in “Heed you Call,” circles back to the hero’s journey as defined by Joseph Campbell, to show that putting our mind into a specific coveted endeavor may well yield the results sought after.  Are a strong will and awareness enough to achieve our goals?

Giovanni Frazzetto, in “Joy, Guilt, Anger, and Love,” looks at the impact of neuroscience on emotions.  Can science really teach us to better understand ourselves, predict our behaviors and reactions by looking inside our brain?  The best way to find out the answers to all these tricky questions is to tune in tonight.

As always we look forward to your feedback

The Books du Jour and Book Case TV Teams

Monday, March 24, 2014

Books du Jour, "Inside the Scents" EP #104, 03-24-14

EPISODE #104 Inside the Scents” 03-24-14  broadcasting tonight 03-24-14, on LIFE 25 at 9:30 pm. 

This week on “Books du Jour,” our guests gather around a table at City Winery to discuss the scent of their new book and share some musing.

One of the most interesting aspects about scents is that they are always intimately tied to a location and more particularly to soils.  Our three guests carry a distinctive sense of place.


Mark Slouka, “Brewster,” writes about Brewster, NY, a poignant novel of coming of age, based in the late 60s’, about a young man seeking his place in this small country town.  There is little wandering outside the borders.


Lara Vapnyar complicates the issue of identity by straddling two continents and two time frames.  Her “Scent of Pine,” moves back and forth between the outskirts of Moscow and the countryside of Maine.


Edmund White, on the other hand, with “Inside a Pearl,” which refers to Paris, the French capital, continues his peripatetic wandering through the French cultural corridors.  His sense of place is about relocation and shifting identity.

The Books du Jour and Book Case Teams

Monday, March 17, 2014

Books du Jour, "Of Power and Executives," #103, 03-17-14

EPISODE #103  Of Power and Executives” broadcasting tonight 03-17-14, on LIFE 25 at 9:30 pm. 

This week host, Frederic Colier, looks into the nature of executive power and the power of executives.  His first guest is Mike Offit, “Nothing Personal,” a first time thriller writer who wrote a coming of age story about a wiz kid on Wall Street who learns how far he can get away with the power he has been entrusted with.


Historian Harlow Giles Unger looks at George Washington’s presidency and the US constitution that left him pretty much a lame duck to rule in “Mr. President.”  To pursue his own agenda Washington made ample use of his executive power and set up a precedent for all the presidents thereafter.


Finally, Judith Glaser “Conversational Intelligence” deals with a new aspect of the digital society where the hierarchical power structure is quickly eroding, and communication no longer works from the top down.


The Books du Jour  and Book Case Team

Monday, March 10, 2014

Books du Jour, "Give Peace Freedom," EP #102, 03-10-14

Dear All,

Books du Jour, EP #102, "Give Peace Freedom,"  will broadcast tonight on LIFE 25 at 9:30 Pm. 

This week, host, Frederic Colier, invites Lodro Rinzler, “Walk Like a Buddha” .  Director of the Center for Compassion, Lodro tackles the everyday issues normally not discussed in spiritual circles.  What about drinking, smoking and sexual desires? 

Stanton Peele, “Recover” goes against the 12-step program and discusses his PERFECT program, which empowers substance addicted individuals.  Stanton teaches personal responsibility and self-acceptance. 

Finally Billy Hayes, the very maverick who wrote the story of his ordeal in Turkish prison, “Midnight Express, comes back with “The Midnight Express Letters,” a book about the letters he wrote while in jail and which show his individual grow and spiritual journey.

As always we look forward to your feedback and support. 

The Books du Jour Team

Monday, March 3, 2014

Books du Jour, World Premiere 03-03-14 on LIFE 25, "Across the Universe and Back," #101

Dear All,

The team of BCTV is pleased to announce that our new literary TV series, Books du Jour, will premiere tonight on LIFE 25 (TWC) at 9: 30 pm.  While Frank Debonair is gathering new cases to investigate for "Book Case TV," we thought in the meantime that we would come up with a new exciting format to promote the publishing industry and its massive rank of authors.  We created "Books du Jour" in a co-production with NYC Media and landed a nine-episode deal for a first season.

"Books du Jour" has a simple premise: the host, Frederic Colier, invites three authors to lunch to talk about their books and life at large in one of Manhattan's finest restaurants. 

The first episode, "Across the Universe and Back," shot at the Riverpark restaurant, overlooking the East river, had on its menu, Joshua Henkin (The World Without You), Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), and Gary Shteyngart (Little Failure: a Memoir).

We understand that 30 minutes is not much time to have lunch and appreciate the food, but the guests had fun, and no one complained about bad indigestion.

We need your support and feedback as we migrate quickly towards syndication.

The Books du Jour and the BCTV Teams

Monday, February 10, 2014

"People in Strange Lands," EP #314

Episode #14                        “People in Strange Lands”

Broadcasting Feb 10th, 2014. on LIFE 25 (channel 25 on TWC)

This week Frank Debonair investigates the fascination that some crime writers have with dark psychological characters.  What does it mean to write about the dark corners of the human mind?  Are these new grounds to gain a better insight into our psyche?  Do they say something about our true nature? Or are they a reflection of society at large?

Crime authors Andrew Gross, Mark Rubenstein, T. Jefferson Parker, Linwood Barclay, and Jon Land undergo extensive cross-analysis under Frederic Colier's razor-sharp curiosity.

The last Pick Of The Week of the season takes a different turn and showcases books by authors whose characters are trapped in existential and moral dilemmas: Daniel Woodrell, “The Maid’s Version.”  Martin Fletcher, “Jacob’s Oath.”  Andre Dubus III, “Dirty Love.”  And Javier Marias, “The Infatuations.

As always thank you for your support.

The Book Case Team