Daniel Menaker to Host Online Book Program

by Staff

A new online book program, Titlepage, will premiere on the Web site titlepage.tv on March 3, the New York Times reports. The show will present "passionate conversations about books," according to the program's Web site, with each episode featuring a round-table discussion among a group of authors and host Daniel Menaker, the former fiction editor of the New Yorker who stepped down as executive editor in chief of Random House last June.

Novelists Charles Bock, Susan Choi, and Richard Price will appear in the first episode. The second, to be posted on the Web site two weeks after the premier, will be devoted to debut writers: novelists Ceridwen Dovey and Keith Gessen and memoirists Sloane Crosley and Julie Klam.

Titlepage, created by documentary filmmakers Odile Isralson and Lina Matta, was inspired by the popular French literary program Apostrophes and will combine elements of public television's The Charlie Rose Show and the Independent Film Channel's Dinner for Five. "I’m originally from Belgium and I grew up watching Apostrophes," Isralson told Motoko Rich of the New York Times, "I moved to New York in 1983 and always wondered why it didn’t exist."