Upcoming Events, TV

This weekend, you can wind up your shabbat, warm up for church, get ready to party, or nurse a hangover with a KtB-related panel discussion!

On Saturday, April 18, at 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 19, at 8:30 AM, C-Span’s BookTV will broadcast a panel discussion about Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person, edited by Bill Wasik. The KtB connection is me and my contribution to the book, “Jesus Plus Nothing,” the story of a month I spent living with a secretive fraternity of political activist evangelicals in Washington (and the beginning of my book of last year, The Family).

Other panelists are Ted Conover, whose most recent book, Newjack, is an account of a year he spent undercover as a prison guard; Ken Silverstein, whose most recent book, Turkmeniscam, grew out of his Harper’s feature about posing as a representative of a foreign despot seeking Washington representation; and NYU Journalism chair Brooke Kroeger, currently working on a history of “undercover” reporting. Wasik, the editor and moderator, is a submersion journalist himself, the man responsible for the flash mob trend — a social experiment he unravels in his own new book, And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture.

Jeff Sharlet is a founding editor of Killing the Buddha, coauthor with Peter Manseau of Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (2004) and co-editor of Believer, Beware (2009). Sharlet is also the author of Sweet Heaven When I Die, (2011), C Street, (2010), and the New York Times bestseller The Family (2008).