Friday, June 29, 2012, 7:30 pm: The Daily Show’s Kevin Bleyer with Lawrence O’Donnell

We hold some truths to be self-evident, and the most obvious is that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is really funny. Kevin Bleyer is one of the writers on The Daily Show, and he is of course really funny. Follow the logic here: Kevin has written a book about the Constitution, and it too is really really funny. Not the ship, the Constitution, but the other Constitution, that brief document that has shaped our legal system, our government, our electoral system, and our society for the past 225 years.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 7:30 pm: In Association with RAND Corporation, Seth Jones and NPR’s Mike Shuster on The Pursuit of Al Qa’ida Since 9/11

The difference between fictional thrillers and Seth Jones’ new book, Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of Al Qa’ida Since 9/11, is that Seth Jones’ thriller is nonfiction. For lovers of the spy thriller genre, or the newer fictional genre pertaining to global terrorism, you’ll wonder when the next fictional thriller bestseller will credit Seth Jones’ terrific new study. Seth Jones may not be a bestselling thriller writer just yet, but he produces heart-stopping nonfiction literature.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7:30 pm: Erik Larson with David Kipen

Erik Larson’s books, which include Devil In The White City, and In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, take a moment in our American experience and turn that moment into the most riveting and thrilling story imaginable. Each of his books reads like a thriller, set against a grand tableau, where we get to know the players intimately. And sometimes it’s a challenge to remember that Erik Larson’s books are nonfiction– because truth is always so much stranger than anything we could make up.