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For many Americans, reading isn’t just a Saturday-morning pastime — it’s a true passion. To that end, the RLTV series, Bookmark, takes a deep dive into the worlds of people for whom reading is nothing less than a lifestyle. From romance-novel authors’ conventions to the auctioning of rare first editions, the magazine-style series takes a novel look at how Americans spend time with books, and uncovers the hidden world of reading culture.
Watching an episode of Bookmark is a lot like browsing through your favorite bookstore, aisle by aisle and shelf by shelf, with an opportunity for reinvention, transformation and empowerment at every turn. Each episode drops the viewer into a variety of unique situations populated by unforgettable people. Viewers will meet authors, agents, readers, and booksellers of all kinds.
This fast-paced, fun-to-watch series features a groundbreaking format, using book categories — like lifestyle, fiction, celebrity, cooking, and biography — to relate to viewers. It’s hosted by Daryn Kagan, author and former CNN news anchor, with contributions by the show’s national correspondent, Bobby Rivers, who keeps viewers updated on book events and happenings nationwide. And famed critic Jeffrey Lyons also appears in a segment called “Touché,” in which he and Kagan have a lively debate about all things related to the world of books. The result: a viewing experience that bibliophiles will treasure.
Bookmark host, Daryn Kagan, spent 12 years as a news anchor at CNN. During this time, she reported live from a number of major events around the world, including the war in Iraq, the September 11th terrorist attacks and numerous presidential elections. In addition, Kagan is the creator and host of DarynKagan.com, a website that features a daily webcast of inspiring stories. Kagan is also an accomplished author: Her book, What’s Possible! 50 True Stories of People Who Dared To Dream They Could Make a Difference, was published by Meredith Books in 2008; and her second book, Paw Prints on My Heart (featuring inspirational pet stories) will be published in 2013. Her syndicated newspaper column, “What’s Possible,” runs in newspapers nationwide.
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Seasoned TV host/actor Bobby Rivers loves television — and it shows. A popular VJ on VH1 in the late 1980s, he was the first African-American to get his own prime-time celebrity talk show on the network. Rivers was a local morning news-show regular on WNBC's "Weekend Today in New York" and WNYW's "Good Day New York,” and Food Network fans watched him host the pop culture countdown food show, "Top 5.” As a national entertainment contributor, he's done film reviews on USA Network; for ABC News on Lifetime TV; and as a regular on Whoopi Goldberg's Premiere Radio show, "Wake Up With Whoopi."
Veteran film and theater critic and author, Jeffrey Lyons, has reviewed more than 15,000 movies, as well as 900 Broadway and off-Broadway plays (more than anyone in any medium), in his over-40-year career. In addition, Lyons has interviewed nearly 500 actors, written or co-authored six books, and co-hosted three national movie-review shows on PBS, MSNBC, and NBC. He has lectured at venues including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.Tricia Springer
Raised in Albuquerque, Tricia was graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Theatre Arts. She’s worked in television/film and video production since 1980 as a host, anchor, and reporter. She co-hosted a nationally syndicated program called PM Magazine in Kansas and in Denver in the mid ‘80s. Other credits include hosting and reporting for various programs in Denver and national cable channels such as HGTV, Starz!, Encore, Time Warner, HBO, Knowledge TV, and now RLTV. In addition to her on-camera work, Tricia writes, produces, directs, and records voice-overs for commercials, infomercials, corporate, and educational videos. A published playwright, Tricia has a passion for the arts; she loves movies, theater, music, and of course, books!